Book Release: Not for profit organisations and civil society institutions have a pivotal role to play in community development and peacebuilding processes. They promote the idea of social inclusion by actively involving marginalised & underrepresented communities living on social fringes - in development & policy-making processes. The ‘Community Chronicles’ project is an attempt by URI - North India & Afghanistan Zone to document anecdotes & stories of such grassroots organisations in Delhi NCR, parts of North India and Afghanistan to explore & analyse how communities navigate through the ideas of urban poverty, education, politics of exclusion & development. These organisations are all Cooperation Circles (CCs) of URI. Creating a strong network of such organisations is paramount to initiate dialogue and policy advocacy; and this is something that URI is actively involved in doing.
This book is being released on the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day on August 15, 2020. This is the first volume of the project, with more volumes releasing later this year. It is written by Atharva Mehendale, Community Project Manager, URI - North India & Afghanistan, and is designed by Masoom Grover, Intern, URI - North India & Afghanistan.
Atharva is currently associated with the School of International Affairs at the O.P. Jindal Global University, Delhi NCR as a Research Fellow. He holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Diplomacy, Law and Business from the same university. His research work focuses on international migration & mobility, global urban politics, informal sector studies and grassroots-led community development, with a particular interest in the intersection of urbanisation, migration & gender. He has previously worked on research & community development projects in New Delhi, Haryana, Assam & Meghalaya.
Masoom is a Fashion Design student from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi.