The Grassroots Economics, Environment & Tech Advancement Foundation (gF-India) undertakes research, education and training, and build social impact programs to empower grassroots actors – communities, academia and students, innovators and entrepreneurs, NGOs and Institutions, and citizens – to achieve and promote sustainable and inclusive development.
The organization aims to inspire and give a new momentum to grassroots action led by grassroots actors through an innovative mix of services build on evidence and research on economic and environmental policies, social and cultural norms, regulatory and legal frameworks and technology to support and channelize their actions and energy to the fullest potential.
gF-India is Section 8 (not-for-profit) company.
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The gF-India envisages developing itself as an institution of excellence by undertaking grassroots advancement through programs which include a series of activities and initiatives for evolving alternative policies, programs and solutions for sustainable development; for transforming the grassroots and public institutions; and for providing the policy, legal and technical assistance to citizens, governments, universities, civil society groups, NGOs, and international organizations. Read home page for What is Grassroots Advancement?
The Grassroots advancements take the form of Program which are developed are a careful study of the problem, conducting economic, social and legal research around the problem, evolving a Theory of Change, developing solutions around the change, re-iteration and feedback, capacity building of stakeholders. Read the home page for how do we do Grassroots advancement?
One such Grassroots advancement program is “The SDG Training by Assignment for Research Students (STARS)” program by gF-India to solve the lack of research skills at the college level that results into unemployability among students. The program comprises of online teaching, e-resources and mentorship that has been designed to help undergraduate and masters students to develop a number of fundamental skills associated with conducting research in the Practice areas (See the list of ongoing research projects). STARS aims to improve the ability of students to plan, design, manage and execute research through experimental learning whilst providing opportunities for formative assessment and rapid feedback.
The specific objectives are:
– To conduct cutting edge research, studies, inquiries on the subjects/themes related to economics, environment, natural resources, governance, policy, technology, development and human health to galvanize development and progress at the grassroots.
– To undertake and implement developmental projects that meet needs as determined by the research.
– To provide services to grassroots and marginalized communities, entrepreneurs and innovators, governments, universities, civil society groups, NGOs, and international organizations, and academia and students in areas determined by the research.
– To organize and deliver training, consultations and capacity building activities on the issues/ themes related to economics, environment, natural resources, governance, policy, technology, development and human health.
– To conduct the research and education through programs, training, courses, summer schools, internships, special sessions, workshops, seminars, webinars, and on-field exposure programs for the youths, working professionals, interested people and others on the issues/themes related to economics, environment, natural resources, governance, policy, technology, development and human health.
– To build platforms like fairs, trades and exhibitions to promote grassroots innovations and entrepreneurs, ecological security, and economics and technological advancement.
– To hold workshops, seminars, webinars, symposia, consultations, meetings, forums, conferences, etc. in order to promote sustainable development in social and economic spheres, and bring important stakeholders on a common platform on issues relating to economics, environment, natural resources, governance, policy, technology, development, and human health.
– To commission policy-oriented research, ideas, analysis, formulations and recommendations on emerging issues in economic, environmental, and technological development and advancement, including resulting publications.
– To network, build alliances and make coalitions with like-minded organizations and individuals for promoting the academic and practitioner linkages for information/ knowledge transfer, sharing, exchange and management in the interests of grassroots communities, environment and technology.
– To institute and confer award, prizes and medals in themes related to economics, environment, natural resources, governance, policy, technology, development and human health.