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About CGAP Foundation

Background Story

CGAP foundation aims at increasing awareness of women's leadership in local, state and national leadership spaces including political spaces. For this, in the last two years, we have focused on creating resources that identify areas for policymakers, policy influencers, governments, NGOs and researchers to empower women from grassroots to national platforms who have remained in a disadvantaged position. 

 

CGAP’s high-quality scholarship is produced by a community of volunteers that include PhD scholars, Assistant Professors, Professors, Students of Gender Studies, Women’s Studies and Political Sciences. Through our research, we aim to highlight the work of women leaders and men who stand up for women to educate the Indian audience and people abroad about women leaders. We wish to bring forth the positive aspects of women’s participation in politics as candidates, position holders and voters. This demonstrates the upholding of Indian democracy and is a step towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 of Gender Equality. Some of our major initiatives and projects are detailed below.

We wish to continue our work to educate people on gender equality in India. We highlight the leadership of women role models working across critical areas of education, healthcare, poverty eradication and local development.

Working towards a Gender Inclusive Society

Key areas of our work

Education

CGAP aims at increasing awareness of women's leadership in local, state and national political spaces. As a charity, we not only work on filling the research gap, but also bring accessible high quality research and education on gender and political science to students and young professionals for free. We provide free access to all our research, education and awareness content. We also strive to improve access by translating our works into local languages. Our past work can be found in Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Urdu. We build educational resources that is free to access by the public to empower them with knowledge on leadership, allyship and gender equality.

Research

Our high-quality scholarship is produced by a community of volunteers that include PhD scholars, Assistant Professors, Professors, Students of Gender Studies, Women’s Studies and Political Sciences. Through our research, we aim to highlight the work of women leaders and men who stand up for women to educate the Indian audience and people abroad about women leaders.

Awareness

We wish to continue our work to educate people on gender equality in India. We highlight the leadership of women role models working across critical areas of education, healthcare, poverty eradication and local development through our various series, books and online publications.

Key Projects and Initiatives

Friendships, Networks and Solidarity: Women’s Political Participation through Self-Help Group Memberships (Pilot Study)

Our research project on Self Help Groups (SHGs) produced recommendations on women’s empowerment through SHGs as it provides a social network and access to information on local issues, candidates etc. This was found helpful by NGOs and researchers to empower women in all aspects of their life. Our research reached over 1000 people around the globe. This was featured by reputed educational institutions and nonprofit organisations. Professors from Stanford, Gauhati and Jadavpur universities were involved in guiding our team to publish this research.

Research Rountables

We organised a research roundtable to create dialogues and share knowledge between researchers in various aspects of women’s leadership. Attendees of this roundtable included professors and researchers from reputed universities across the world. The proceedings of the roundtable were published to benefit researchers, and it achieved high research interest when published on ResearchGate, a reputed platform for research studies.

Beyond Victims Series (Annual Publication)

Through this, we highlight positive aspects of the leadership of women sarpanches, parliamentarians and members of state assemblies who have worked at par with global leaders.

Women For Politics Initiative

Through our flagship initiative, Women for Politics, we are committed to replacing narratives that define women as victims, with recognition and celebration of women's achievements as political and community leaders.

Some of the projects under this initiative include Beyond Victims (mentioned above), Worth Asking Published Interview and blogs educating the public about women's leadership and men's allyship.

Publications

Meet The Team

Meet The Team

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Akhil Neelam

Co-Founder, Director, Research & Operations

Akhil is a public policy practitioner and a gender rights advocate, working towards making politics gender-equal. Previously, he has worked with the state governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where he strategised policy communications and planned the implementation of various public education initiatives and contributed towards implementing systemic changes for better implementation. He is also a Young India Fellow from Ashoka University.

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Sugandha

Co-Founder, Director, Chief Editor

Sugandha comes with a background in gender, human rights law and policy. Her research work is focused on gendered analysis of policy, law, human rights issues and health. She has worked with Katha India, Tata Trusts, Government of Andhra Pradesh and currently works at Meta while volunteering at CGAP. She also enjoys volunteering and brings learnings from her experiences with several organisations such as the Ministry of Rural Development, Association Jeunes Etudes Indiennes, National Labour Institute, Women in Global Health India Chapter, Women in Economics and Policy and more.

Technical Advisory Unit (TAU)

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Sakshi Hallan

Member, TAU

Sakshi Hallan is a Consultant at the World Bank, based in Washington, DC where she supports policy research, data analysis and operations work. She is currently involved in projects based in India, Sri Lanka and Ghana across agriculture, social inclusion and social protection sectors. She holds a Master's degree in International and Development Economics from Yale University and Bachelor's degree in Economics from Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University. She has previously worked in the policy space in India as a Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellow with PRS Legislative Research. She is passionate about public policy, politics, gender and international development.

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Devanik Saha

Member, TAU

Devanik Saha is an PhD candidate and Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. His research focuses on men, masculinities and their roles in reproductive health. In 2020, he led a study on investigating the perspectives of ASHA workers on combating COVID 19 in the Bundelkhand region, funded by Azim Premji University. He has worked with different organisations such as UNICEF India, BBC Media Action, Tetra Tech International, Teach For India, World Bank, etc. He can be contacted. at d.saha1@ids.ac.uk

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Poonam Kakoti Borah

Sensitivity Reader

Poonam Kakoti Borah is Assistant Professor at Department of Women's Studies, Gauhati University. She completed her M. Phil and Ph.D from Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her areas of interest include Political Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender and Education and Gender and Governance. Before joining Gauhati University, she taught at Indraprastha College for Women, Miranda House and St. Stephen’s College in University of Delhi. 
She has also published articles in journals and edited books by reputed publishers like Oxford University Press and Routledge. She is currently also a member of the North East Regional Committee under the Indian Association of Women's Studies.

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