Marginalized Dalit community negotiates relocation ILC report, 2016.

Dalits living on the banks of a river in Village Semra UP,India, had their homes and field washed away in flood waters. With the help of ILC member SDF they were able to claim land after displacement. SAFP documented this struggle to bring out nuances and the issues around displacement due to river floods.

Activating the National Human Rights Commission to secure land and homes for Muhasar people. ILC 2016


The Social Development Foundation (SDF) sent a petition to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India to solicit food and housing rights for the Muhasars, one of the poorest Scheduled Castes (SCs) in Udayapura village, Uttar Pradesh. Thanks to continuous advocacy during four years, the district administration’s attitude changed. Not only land for housing, food subsidies and schooling was provided to the villagers, but also services such as electricity, water and sanitation. SAFP researched this case study for International Land Coalition (ILC) contracted by IFAD.


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.

Sathi All For Partnerships

SAFP promotes partnerships to  develop a locally articulate  rights and responsibilities culture. SAFP initiatives engage with people who want to work towards creating sustainable solutions to issues that affect them. We have worked with youth, women, children, elderly and those recovering from mental illness.

We believe that each person has the power to change their circuamstances and when they get to doing so, partners join in to co create the change. we have worked to make people incharge of their capability to influence more people, invoking the state obligations and civil society involvement. Thus building partnerships has been our work so far. SAFP has promoted initiatives relevant to local context encouraging communities to participate and construct indicators towards realization of their rights while understanding their responsibilities.SAFP identifies marginalized groups to establish strategic partnerships to create an enabling environment:
  • Spread awareness of Economic Social Cultural Rights,nurture
  • Conducts leadership & capacity building training
  • Fosters partnerships to advocate solutions
  • Lobby training and campaigns
Two areas of work include 1) Enabling Inclusion for Mental Health and wellness (EIMH and wellness) for details click.SAFP and mental health 2014 and 2) Resource increase advocacy and training : Women’s Land and Resource Right Agenda lends empowerment. The search for a lasting solution is linked with women getting their share of resources within village and ward level planning, besides demanding share in family inheritance. SAFP text for inclusion in all political parties manifestos 2013.

including all in every work we do to build capacity

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SAFP Text for Inclusion in all political parties manifestos

Work of SAFP has been consistently been to research with our stake holders and organize consultations to share findings. These consultants debate and deliberate options that need to be taken on by law and policy makers to bring social transformation in our social  fabric. Please read and circulate the attached text to your local and national leaders.

SAFP text for inclusion in all political parties manifestos 2013

Towards rural women’s resource zone in Shivpuri Madhya Pradesh. Report by SET team

Co authored by SET (SAFP, EqualSaree and TAAL) with support from Swiss Aid,

Compiled by Shivani Bhardwaj edited by Sunita Gupta  Kotnala


The draft land policy talks about rural land use plan that should be made with gender equal resource distribution. This can be done by planning livelihoods for different communities in an alternate way with the involvement of local and district authorities to make a gender equal village plan. Dalit and tribal community marginalization can be addressed through a village development plan component funded by the Schedule Caste Plan  and The Tribal Development Plan funds to demonstrate inclusion mentioned in the 12th plan document. The district office should then include the implementation of the gender equal village plan in the monthly action taken report. This report provides a framework of what can be done and planned as projects in the village punchayat as next steps. Specific Natural Resource Management  (NRM) and livelihood projects need input from the framework suggested in this feasibility report. The detail projects that have social forestry, fodder planting and vegetable and fruit patch with buildings and water conservation design that will get SET to the next level of work in time will also set the pattern of group approach to land mentioned in the draft land policy. Additionally agriculture based work will need to be planned with clear indicators on  how women resource increase can be planned and monitored at the village level for the two different communities.This task should be done along with women groups, small and marginal farmers and entrepreneurs in the district as part of village punchayat plan and district gender, tribal using allocation from schedule caste plan, tribal sub plan, and other livelihood and NRM schemes. 

Towards rural wrz september 19, 2013

Understanding Interstitial Spaces to fill gender resource gaps

This article was presented at a seminar called Karvan I Fikqr organised by Department of Sociology Jamia Milllia Islamia (JMI)University in 2012. Student co traveler from Architecture Department of JMI Ms Sana Fatma presented this paper on behalf of SAFP and Equal Saree representing the youth for women and habitat campaign ownership of the process. Abstract : Women in Okhla unlike men are more excluded from an official planning process because their worth is invisible. The research finding shows that women access 31%  less space and avail 3% less services in Okhla resulting in their lesser worth at the  familial and the governance level. Married men have 130% more income. A 14% asset gap shows that women can control fewer assets as they inherit less than men.  Gender gap favored men by 10% more in access to resources outside the house, who had 30% more access to livelihood opportunity and 7% more control of equipment as resources. As gender resource gap was found most in spousal income, livelihood opportunities and space, a spatial plan was proposed to make gender resource centers with livelihood interventions connected through safe roads with many public infrastructure for care and production spaces that women may access more. This design called the Okhla gender plan is a collaborative effort of youth and women groups who aspire for a sustainable urban environment which has space for all residents as well as migrants in the area. Outcome of this exploration are micro and macro plans with a set of next steps in form of recommendations for stakeholders at different levels.  This research shows that inclusive planning can be manifested at a local area level to develop resource increase options within a local area level plan that is linked to district planning.

Understanding Interstitial Spaces to fill gender resource gaps