UNICEF has been working in India since 1949. The largest UN organisation in the country, UNICEF is fully committed to working with the Government of India to ensure that each child born in this vast and complex country gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.
The challenge is enormous but UNICEF is well placed to meet it. The organisation uses quality research and data to understand issues, implements new and innovative interventions that address the situation of children, and works with partners to bring those innovations to fruitition.
UNICEF uses its community-level knowledge to develop innovative interventions to ensure that women and children are able to access basic services such as clean water, health visitors and educational facilities, and that these services are of high quality. At the same time, UNICEF reaches out directly to families to help them to understand what they must do to ensure their children thrive.
UNICEF also wants them to feel a sense of ownership of these services. That same knowledge and interface with communities enables the organisation to tackle issues that would otherwise be difficult to address: the complex factors that result in children working, or the growing threat that HIV/AIDS poses to children.
UNICEF knows that key to addressing these challenges are its partnerships with sister UN agencies, voluntary organisations active at the community level, women’s groups and donors.
International Committee of the Red Cross
ICRC-Founding body of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the ICRC is dedicated to protecting the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and internal violence. Established in 1863, it is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation aimed at promoting and strengthening International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and universal humanitarian principles. It has an international mandate given by States signatory to the Geneva Conventions.
Liberty Institute is a non-partisan, independent think tank dedicated to building appreciation of the four institutional pillars of a free society – Individual Rights, Rule of Law, Limited Government and Free Market. Established in 1996 and based in New Delhi, the core objective of the Institute is to enhance freedom of choice, in politics and in economics. The Institute has been engaged in a public debate on a range of policy issues from economics to environment, to trade and healthcare, to democracy and law. And it gradually dawned on us that while it is necessary to articulate a rational public policy, in a democratic society, it is equally crucial to underscore the political viability of the proposed public policy proposals. Empowering India is an attempt to understand when and how good policies make good politics.
Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit (FNF)
Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit (FNF) is the German foundation for liberal politics working for the promotion of ideas on liberty and strategies for freedom across the world. Its main instruments are civic education, political consultancy and political dialogue. FNF lends its expertise for endeavours to consolidate and strengthen freedom, democracy, market economy and the rule of law. As the only liberal organization of its kind world-wide, the Foundation facilitates to lay the groundwork for a future in freedom that bears responsibility for the coming generations. Within South Asia, with its strong tradition of tolerance and love for freedom, with its growing middle classes which increasingly assert themselves, and with its liberalizing economies, the Foundation works with numerous partner organizations to strengthen the structures of democracy, the rule of law, and the economic preconditions for social development and a life in dignity.