SAFP team member, Aditya is a National Leader of Youth Leaving Care (YLC). He works probono to develop the Association of Youth who need to leave orphanages at the age of 18 years and have little guidance apart from the help they may get from staff members of the orphanage or Child Care Institution (CCI) that looked after them.
Aditya has demonstrated commitment and perseverance to promote the cause of the YLC since the past three years. He has represented the voice of the YLC in different forums. Recognising his commitment he was appointed by the Women and Child Development Department, Maharashtra in the committee that drafted the 19th June 2019 guideline for Aftercare Programme in Maharashtra. That perhaps is the first ever guideline which emerged as a result of consultation from the YLCs.
Aditya grew up in SOS and as a care leaver and he continues to travel to different parts of India motivating YLCs to become aware of their rights and responsibilities for example he reached out to YLC in Odisha, Goa and Karnataka and conducted awareness meetings with them on what they can do do if groups of youth connect on whats apps to help each other. He conducted state level meeting with Orphan Youth (YLCs) in the Chembur Aftercare Hostel at 28th July 2018.
He got a lot of support from Udayan Care that invited him to their events and he also has supported them in Maharashtra for networking and resource mobilization for their Current Aftercare Practices (CAP) research. He attended the 3rd Bicon International conference on ‘Evolving Trends in Alternative Care for Children and Youth’, with a focus on South Asia, on the 16th & 17th March 2018 at Amity University, Noida, Delhi NCR. In that conference helped to set up Delhi CLAN and SYLC network.
Aditya has trained Young adults in the Aftercare Homes in Mumbai, Goa and Delhi for the legal documentation. He is aware that the process of getting certificates to avail benefits from government schemes requires support from CCIs as well as the government. Some Government orders get passed but implementation has loop holes. Aditya gathers the Youth Leaving Care to understand where gaps are to address these. One of his efforts were to inform the government how the implementation of 1% reservation in Educational institutions and jobs can be responsive for orphans in Maharashtra. Towards this Aditya reached out to 20 care leavers and followed their process by applying for the benefits under the scheme to document the gaps.
In preparation of the 5th National Conference on Juvenile Justice chaired by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gupta at 6th April 2019 Aditya participated in the round table of thought leaders and practitioners for reforming services for children under the Juvenile Justice Act. Aditya is a thought leader who if supported for a period of five years can develop the National Youth Leaving Care Association of India. SAFP upholds Adityas work to make his vision a reality.
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gupta, Chairman of National Juvenile Justice Committee and Mr. Aditya Yatri.
At a one day conference on de institutionalization, after care, independent living organized by UNICEF and TISS, Mumbai on 24th May 2019, Aditya Yatri presented his paper on the issues, challenges and solution for the Youth Living Care in Maharashtra. The Department of Women and Child Development, GoM and UNICEF had hosted a Learning Exchange on Alternative Care with Hopes and Homes, UK in Mumbai on 18 and 19 June, 2019. The Learning Exchange in Maharashtra is proposed for the States of Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra and will bring together critical stakeholders – Government, Child Welfare Committees, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and CSOs who could take forward the care reform agenda in relation to de institutionalization, gate keeping and family based care for children in the Juvenile Justice System. In this workshop Aditya Yatri shared his experiences while working with youth leaving care and ideas of participation of children and young adults into decision making at policy, programme and activities.
Currently Aditya is interning with Pune International Centre for the drafting a policy paper on Aftercare Programme for Young adult Orphan in India and also pursuing Ph.D from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai on “The Journey of Orphan and Destitute Youth in Aftercare Programme in Maharashtra”. Aditya needs to be supported though mentoring as well as financial support to set up the Youth Leaving Care Association. This organisation will need support of CCIs but it has to be led by YLCS themselves. Please reach out to Aditya directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com.
Sunita Kotnala is a member of SAFP since 2007 and was nominated as an Advisory Board Member- Strategy and Governance ( 2009-2016). Following changes to the NGO management rules in India, she is now working with SAFP in a pro-bono capacity from time to time at the UN DESA for HLPF related activities for monitoring and implementation of the SDG’s. A social development professional with a Master of Social Work degree, she brings extensive experience of public sector, international development and the civil society organisations (CSO’s) in mental health, crime prevention and city planning, gender based violence, urban poverty and sustainability; She lives in Sydney, Australia and consult globally to address issues of inequality, safety, 2030 Agenda and cross sector governance.
2015/16 Report Sunita Kotnala Consulting
In 2015 Sunita represented SAFP at the Women Major Group(WMG) at UN http://www.womenmajorgroup.org/ , the NGO Major Group https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups/ngos , and the Asia Pacific- Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/10108AP-RCEM%20Position%20Paper%20to%20HLPF%202016.pdf in the development and finalisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Activities included
- Invitation to the UN DESA Stakeholders Expert Group Meeting (EBM) as an Expert for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?page=view&nr=1948&type=13&menu=1634, the key international mechanism for monitoring of the national reviews of the SDG’s.
- Leading the WMG HLPF position paper “Ensuring that no one is left behind: Listen to the women for a change” http://www.womenmajorgroup.org/high-level-political-forum-wmgs-brief-on-systemic-barriers-to-achieving-sustainable-development/
- Organising and presenting a side event “Getting set for the SDG implementation from local to global- Presenting GGEO, gender resource gap, gender budgeting” with WMG member organisations and member states https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=453&menu=2993iwith
- Case studies of Indian grass roots organisations about women’s leadership for re-establishing biodiversity and improving food production and food security http://www.landcoalition.org/en/regions/asia/goodpractice/landless-farmers-turn-idle-land-fertile-land-and-obtain-titles
- Representing WMG and AP-RCEM at the WHO Strategic Partnerships for the non- communicable diseases meeting.
2018/19 report Sunita Kotnala Consulting
Sunita completed her contract as Advisor, Gender Based Violence Counselling with Ministry of Health, Republic of Nauru in the Pacific in May 2018. Since her return she has been working with SAFP to stregnthen their activities and explore funding for existing programmes and future research activities. In 2018 she presented a number of lectures in India as provided below
- Presented a Soapbox/ Ignite pitch presentation ” Global South and feminist leadership in social development: colonialist and ‘white feminist’ bias in international development” at the RDI Leadership Conference 2019, Melbourne, Australia https://www.latrobe.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/1026674/RDI-CONFERENCE-Delegate-Handbook-final.pdf
Presentation is available at https://harvard.academia.edu/SunitaKotnala
2. “Business and the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG’s)” at the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, New Delhi https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunita-kotnala-10b55110/detail/recent-activity/shares/
2. “Integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) in NGO Startegic Plans” to Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi (RGVN) http://www.rgvn.org/, Assam Executive and staff on 12 Feb 2019.
3. “Gender Planning in Smart Cities- Social Policy Implications” at the Jamia Millia Islamia University Centre for Women’s Studies, New Delhi https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/gender-planning-smart-cities-social-policy-sunita-kotnala/
4. Attended the Skill Women Workshop https://saltaustralia.org.au/skillwomen-workshops/ to learn how to feel manage tools for repair and maintenance and became part of the SALT ( SUpporting and Linking Tradeswomen) that since 2012 created a unique vision of teaching as many women and girls as possible how to use tools and manage their lives, creating apprenticeship opportunities for girls in infrastructure and construction industries.
5. Attended the Jaipur Literature Festival, January 2019 http://www.rajasthanevent.com/jlf/jaipur-literature-festival/ to evaluate the inclusion of gender, disability, elderly, climate and envoirnment related themes in the presentations. It was heartening to note the sensitivity and inclusion towards all of these themes in the festival.
More than 600 Gujjar agro-pastoralist families – due for relocation from the vicinity of the Sariska Tiger Reserve Protected Area in the Alwar district – took the lead in engaging with state actors to claim their grazing and traditional water harvesting rights and preserve the Oran – a traditional ecosystem unique to the forest communities of Rajasthan. With the support of KRAPAVIS, villagers demonstrated that community management of biodiversity is a better approach to wildlife conservation than the removal and resettlement of forest-dependent communities from their habitat.
In 1997 Seva Mandir created an informal network of Forest Protection Committees, the Van Utthan Sansthan
(VUS). In 2003 VUS acquired a formal status as a nongovernmental organisation that protects and manages
67,000 hectares of forestland in more than 240 villages in Udaipur, Rajasthan, under Joint Forest Management (JFM).
Today VUS successfully engages with tribal communities to work together for forest protection by improving
common land and forest resources governance. It has addressed overgrazing, mining and illegal privatisation of
forestlands. It has also been instrumental for achieving an increase in livelihood opportunities for communities.