“We are torn between slum India and scam India. We need to keep our integrity and walk the talk. NGOs are the bridging gap between the government and the people and they have a pivotal role to play in rooting out corruption from society.”
– H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankar
Sangam was a three day conference that was organized in 2008 to provide a platform for the leading NGOs across the country to come together, network and share knowledge with representatives from the judiciary. The attendees included not only the NGOs but also other ecosystem partners including donor and governmental agencies, scientists, researchers and domain specialists.
The conference also had participation from more than 400 youth leaders of the Art of Living who have been actively working at the grass root level in the villages across India.
We brought together NGOs to create a positive energy and hope.The conference served as a platform for NGOs to come together and explore synergies as the participant NGOs were working for the same goal at different levels.
Discussions were held on bringing efficiency in the process of spreading awareness and implementing changes at the policy and at the grass-root level. The participants exchanged ideas and shared experiences on how they were advocating for positive change and for increasing the accountability and legitimacy of the governance process.
The conference was very successful in bringing together a large number of social engineers and entrepreneurs who shared the common vision of helping the society and the underprivileged. Discussions were held on:
Establishing efficient systems and technology- both regionally and at national level
Improving communication, networking and knowledge sharing between partner agencies and NGOs by leveraging various online tools like websites, online forums, newsletters etc.
Promoting collaboration among NGOs on initiatives like nature conservation, sustainable watershed development, utilization of local resources at the rural level and slum rehabilitation.
Special joint consultative meetings and dialogues were held on:
Concepts and application of social justice in our society
Constitutional provisions of social justice
Significance of legal self-help groups and youth for justice forums
Rural development strategies and development of access to justice forums in communities
Issues of legal and human rights of the vulnerable and affected groups such as tribals, fisherfolk, farmers, coastal population and others
In addition, plantation of 500,000 Laxmi taru saplings was taken up across the country.
We brought together NGOs working in various sectors across the country. The three-day conference saw leaders who are pioneers in the areas of education, health care, environment, agriculture and self-sustaining economic empowerment address and lead the sessions.
One of the special features of the conference was to help the NGOs to have a direct interface with the Indian judicial system. The Sangam conference was a first of its kind conference in India where the judicial machinery and the civil societies had a mass dialogue together. This was achieved through special sessions with judges from National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
The concepts of social justice explored during the sessions were very informative and enriching. We believe that more discussion is required so that some of the ideas can be implemented formally at the policy level.
Please write to us if you would like to sponsor a conference or would like to attend one.