Gram Sabha ki Kahani: A local democracy narrative exercise

Building stories on strong local democratic institutions in India

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Gram Sabha ki Kahani is an initiative of Gram Swashasan Abhiyan, developed by Akhra Ranchi, and supported by Azim Premji Foundation. The initiative is spearheaded by the Centre for Local Democracy in collaboration with Philanthropy.

The focus is to create compelling stories from various parts of rural Jharkhand on the importance of strong local democratic institutions. 

This includes stories of 

  • change and innovation, 
  • representation, and
  • participative action.
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Watch our videos and listen to our podcasts to learn more.

Videos

Participative planning | Lupungpath village

In this video, we will see how residents of Lupungpath village got access to clean drinking water through the collective efforts of the Gram Sabha. Here, the strengthening of their Gram Sabha opened up possibilities to drive their own development story and help them recognise their rights and for a well-being-centred future for its people.

Forest Rights | Baranga Munda Tola

This film shows the change taking place for the people of Baranga Munda Tola in Manoharpur, Jharkhand. The collective power and action of their Gram Sabha is not only protecting their forests, but also mobilising Community Forest Rights on the basis of the Forest Rights Act 2006.

Women’s Participation | Rampur

In Rampur, a small village in Chainpur block of Jharkhand, women collectives are owning public decision-making. Through their participation in the Gram Sabha, the women of Rampur are leading decisions on development, and infrastructure – shaping their Village Development Plan.

Youth Leadership | Kashiyapecha, Manoharpur

In Kashiyapecha, a village in Manoharpur, Nandlal Surin, a 20-year-old village head is taking his village in a new direction, understanding the full power of his Gram Sabha. Nandlal has initiated a rights and entitlement approach for his village development plan and is actively preparing its implementation on the ground.

Podcasts

Participative planning | Lupungpath village

This podcast tells the story of Lupungpath village, where once residents had to walk several kilometres to fetch drinking water. Today, through the collective power of their Gram Sabha, there are three water towers in the village.

Forest Rights | Baranga Munda Tola

In this podcast, listen to how the people of Baranga Munda Tola in Manoharpur, Jharkhand are using their collective power and action to protect their forests, and mobilise Community Forest Rights on the basis of the Forest Rights Act 2006.

Part 1

Part 2

Women’s Participation | Rampur

In Rampur, a small village in Chainpur block of Jharkhand, women collectives are owning public decision-making.

Know more about the Centre for Local Democracy, Azim Premji University, here.