2018/19 Report of activities- SAFP Consultant Sunita Kotnala

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

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

  1. 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/

Presenting to Vedica Scholars Program

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.

SDG’s in Strategic Planning

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/

Gender Planning in Smart Cities- social policy implications

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.

SK learning carpentry



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.

Jaipur Literature Festival




IFAD Consultancy Case Study by S Kotnala Pastoralists re-establish traditional ecosystems, ILC


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.

IFAD Consultancy Case Study by S Kotnala Creating a grassroot institution for common forest resource management, ILC


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.

IFAD Consultancy Case Study by S Kotnala Landless farmers turn wasteland 2016

425 landless farmers turned wasteland into into cultivable land in Telengana, Andhra Pradesh In India. Sunita Gupta Kotnalla documents this struggle for ILC and SDPPA in 2016

In 20 years, 425 poor landless tenant farmers in the villages of Telangana State, India, transformed 1400 acres
of infertile and idle wasteland into cultivable land using dryland farming. Realising the potential of the improved
land, the absentee landlords tried to reclaim the land by threatening the tenants with eviction. Following a
considerable struggle with the landlords, the farmers’ collective, with the support of SDDPA, successfully
negotiated the registration of land in the name of 395 families. The security of tenure for the farmers has
prevented the loss of livelihoods, enhancing agricultural and environmental sustainability in the area.