A humanitarian response enabled by networks

By Aarthi Sridhar and Madhuri Mondal | Most individuals and organisations involved with social change in India find themselves embedded within multiple networks and coalitions of the country’s vibrant civil society. Since our inception in 2008, Dakshin has built up such engagement to actively facilitate and strengthen civil society networks comprised of coastal community-based organisations and fishworker groups, but also disciplinary experts from law and natural science.

Reimagining relief: go local

By Asha Cherian | Often, when providing relief one has to choose between households and decide where lies the greatest need. This can be a harsh process where one invariably excludes households that are only marginally better positioned than the most desperate or wretched. With limited funds available against the colossal scale of deprivation these were the difficult decisions confronting our local partners and us.

Forgotten people, forgotten stories: fisherwomen in lockdown

By Ishaan Khot | Media coverage on issues of marginalisation and social injustice can sometimes be skewed, silencing certain voices and narratives in deference to dominant power structures and societal norms. Women in fisheries represent one such group that is marginalised within an already marginalised community. Women’s issues, though critical, tend to remain invisible as much of the dialogue is often focussed on fishermen.

Rethinking community wellbeing in coastal Odisha

By Madhuri Mondal | When the pandemic broke out in several parts of India, the community wellbeing team was in Ganjam, Odisha ideating with the village institutions for the initiation of the programme in the area. The pandemic broke out while we were making plans to conduct workshops and awareness programmes on hygiene and sanitation. Numerous myths started circulating

Channeling news during the lockdown

By Shruti Sunderraman | Engaging with the media has been a crucial part of bringing attention to the struggles faced by the fishing community across coastal India. Over the course of the lockdown Dakshin staff provided journalists with news from the field, a breakdown of the implications of various policy decisions, as well as connected individuals and unions to journalists to tell their stories.

Arribada in a lockdown

By Mohit Mudliar and Chadana Pusapati | A large part of the world was struggling with Covid-19 during the last week of March 2020 while in our field station in Ganjam, Odisha we were discussing whether the arribada (the mass nesting of olive ridley turtles) would begin on March 20th or not. Dakshin Foundation has been working with the Odisha forest department for the past 12 years on monitoring olive ridleys on Rushikulya beach.

Creating ‘community’ through social media

Creating ‘community’ through social media By Anadya Singh   Social media with it’s unparalleled reach, saw a coming of age during this pandemic. While our physical reality imposed strict adherence to physical distancing norms, the world of social media allowed people to come together, participate and organize in favour of those less fortunate. Dakshin too…