Nidan

Initiate socio-economic development of poor

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304, Maurya Tower, Block-C, Maurya Lok Complex, Patna-800 001, (Bihar) India
IN India
Web http://nidan.in/nidanwp/
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About the project Edit

Nidan champions informal workers in India’s north and east, who proudly call it their own organization.The country’s informal sector makes up 93 percent of the workforce, creating 64 percent of GDP. Nidan organizes these workers, incubates sector-based collectives and partners with government to demonstrate that models of rights-based, inclusive growth can work. It advocates, too, from local governance to state and national level governance structures and policy institutions. Nidan means “solutions” in Hindi.

Themes

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Nidan’s work is being guided by its vision of establishing a just, democratic, non-violent society where the citizens enjoy their rights (of education, health, and livelihood) without any discrimination (on the basis of gender or class), live in mutual co-operation and perform their optimum responsibility without any hindrance.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Nidan’s mission is to facilitate non-violent and peaceful collective action, directly as well as through networks and to create, replicate and activate structures and systems which cater needs of poor and deprived so as to eliminate exploitation and provide opportunities for maximum growth.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of The Skoll Foundation, “From the slums of Bihar to the streets of Delhi, Nidan gives informal workers more than a voice; it gives them ownership of their collectives. This award celebrates Arbind Singh and his team’s belief that solutions for the bottom billion in India and around the globe can be found in the bottom billion themselves. We are thrilled Nidan is joining our Skoll community of social entrepreneurs.”

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Said Arbind Singh, Executive Director of Nidan, “We started Nidan in 1996, proving the model in Bihar, and realized we had to go further and promote advocacy at a national level. But expanding with scant resources, and a need for more technical inputs, was a challenge. The Skoll Foundation has changed that, making it possible for Nidan to hit our impact targets not just regionally but nationally.”

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