Promoting Responsible Citizenry

Designing and implementing programs to create awareness and promote responsible citizenry

Promoting Responsible Citizenry

Postby admin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:33 pm

We are looking for at least 5 volunteers who understand the project and could work with us on the plans. This forum will have all the discussions regarding this project. Please read on....

Like the common saying goes, there are three kinds of people: those who “make” things happen, those who “watch” things happen and those who “wonder” what happened. And though we would all like to believe that we fall into the first category, in terms of citizen participation most of us are very far from it. It is necessary to make a critical analysis and decide whether we are actively helping make the changes that we demand, whether we take interest and keep ourselves up to date with what goes on in our community. Do we care to critically examine voter lists for any omissions or errors and take steps to get them corrected? Do we vote? And when we vote, is it based on an objective analysis of issues and the candidates’ stand on issues and their character and capabilities? The idea that people should participate in planning, implementing and managing cities has gained wider acceptance among local governments and development agencies. It means a readiness of both the government and the citizens to accept certain responsibilities and roles. It can also mean that the value of each group’s contribution is acknowledged, appreciated and used. The honest inclusion of citizen’s representatives as “partners” in decision-making, makes for successful participation. For Citizen’s participation to be truly effective, it is necessary for the people to be involved in all stages of planning, design, implementation and evaluation of an urban program or project. The very success of a project may sometimes depend on the degree of participation of the beneficiaries.

Legal and Social Research: Ever since its inception, Rakshak foundation has been constantly engaging in reviewing bills under consideration in the Parliament on various issues affecting the policy level initiatives in the social sector and submitting well researched opinions and recommendations on the same for the consideration of the decision makers. We would like to continue the practice and keep bringing to the attention of the policy makers of the country, various issues and perspectives affecting the lives of the masses. We further strive to initiate policy changes by publishing our research and organising policy debates and discussions on important issues. We invite interested volunteers to join our research team and experience being part of the team drafting well researched and robust recommendations on crucial public policy issues having the potential to shape a bright future for the country.
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