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We aim to move every vulnerable family in India out of poverty by 2050.

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Phule Ambedkar Fellowship

The Phule Ambedkar Fellowship (PAF) is an effort to bring together individuals who believe in the intersection of social justice and public policy. It is a cross functional and rotational role with field experience at its core where an individual gets to undertake strategic projects resulting in possible long term leadership roles on Indus Action’s mission. The focus of the fellowship will be on Policy Implementation of PoWER (Portfolio of Welfare Entitlements and Rights).

The fellowship is an opportunity to build one’s understanding of a policy-implementation organization and develop generalist skills across Partnerships, Technology and Organizational Development.Phule Ambedkar Fellowship is a 12-months full-time commitment. As a fellow, you will be attached to an operational team to lead Samaaj operations in the respective state and an internal backbone function (Strategy and Learning, Fundraising, HR etc.) as a point person. Post the fellowship tenure, you may have an opportunity to move into a full time role (either state or functional) with Indus Action, based on performance evaluation and Organization’s requirement.

Champions Programme

Incepted in December 2020, Samaaj 3.5% program is an initiative by Indus Action to build a volunteer network across India to prepare individuals to advocate for social issues within their communities. The program seeks citizens who believe in equal access to legislative rights. Through a 6-months experiential learning curriculum, the program trains its community and civic champions in skills and values that equip them to engage with and for communities on the ground. The Champions closely work with state teams, partner organizations, community leaders and beneficiaries to ensure last mile delivery of government schemes.

The program is an effort to build a network of community leaders across India advocating for rights of vulnerable families thereby constituting “3.5%” of the population striving for social justice. Currently, we have Samaaj chapters across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu, with 2 graduated cohorts.

Phule Ambedkar Fellowship

Champions Programme

Phule Ambedkar Fellowship

The Phule Ambedkar Fellowship (PAF) is an effort to bring together individuals who believe in the intersection of social justice and public policy. It is a cross functional and rotational role with field experience at its core where an individual gets to undertake strategic projects resulting in possible long term leadership roles on Indus Action’s mission. The focus of the fellowship will be on Policy Implementation of PoWER (Portfolio of Welfare Entitlements and Rights).

The fellowship is an opportunity to build one’s understanding of a policy-implementation organization and develop generalist skills across Partnerships, Technology and Organizational Development.Phule Ambedkar Fellowship is a 12-months full-time commitment. As a fellow, you will be attached to an operational team to lead Samaaj operations in the respective state and an internal backbone function (Strategy and Learning, Fundraising, HR etc.) as a point person. Post the fellowship tenure, you may have an opportunity to move into a full time role (either state or functional) with Indus Action, based on performance evaluation and Organization’s requirement.

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Champions Programme

Incepted in December 2020, Samaaj 3.5% program is an initiative by Indus Action to build a volunteer network across India to prepare individuals to advocate for social issues within their communities. The program seeks citizens who believe in equal access to legislative rights. Through a 6-months experiential learning curriculum, the program trains its community and civic champions in skills and values that equip them to engage with and for communities on the ground. The Champions closely work with state teams, partner organizations, community leaders and beneficiaries to ensure last mile delivery of government schemes.

The program is an effort to build a network of community leaders across India advocating for rights of vulnerable families thereby constituting “3.5%” of the population striving for social justice. Currently, we have Samaaj chapters across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu, with 2 graduated cohorts.

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How much time should I devote daily to the program?

The champions will be working from Monday- Friday every week. If you are joining as a Community Champion, you will be expected to spend 5-6 hours daily for the program and if you are joining as a Civic Champion, you will be expected to spend 1.5-2 hours daily.

Should I be in the same city where the project is happening?

If you are a Community Champion, you have to be in the same city. In the case of Civic Champions, it would be preferable if you are in the same city. The option of working remotely can be considered if you are well versed with the language and the context of the city you are mapped to. Currently the Samaaj 3.5% chapters are based out of 3 states: Chhattisgarh, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu.

What am I expected to do as a Community or Civic Champion?

The main aim of your engagement will be to work with vulnerable families and ensure the last mile delivery of welfare rights.

What skill set is expected from a Community and Civic Champion?

Following are the basic skills required from a champion: ability to connect and interact with the community; basic writing and reading skills; understanding on the usage of smartphones and basic understanding about local issues and governance structures in the neighbourhood.

What will my learning and development curve look like in the course of six months?

The effort of Indus Action will be to ensure a continuous learning process for the champions over the course of the six months. We will be working with the champions to ensure that they are able to develop a good understanding of legislative rights, developing skills for community engagement, and also assist them in their journey to become a social entrepreneur. We will also be conducting weekly technical and non technical sessions for learning and development of the champions.

What will happen at the end of six months?

At the end of six months, you will be given a ‘Certificate of Experience’ from Indus Action. We will also be giving opportunities to champions to develop proposals which can be eligible for seed funding from Indus Action and also assist champions to work with other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the future.

What if I want to leave the program before the completion of six months?

We strongly discourage champions leaving before the completion of the program. Only in exceptional circumstances will this be considered and in case someone opts to leave before the completion of six months, the ‘Certificate of Experience’ will not be provided.

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Updates

Induction Bootcamp - November 21, screenshot of online meeting

Community Engagement Workshop | Dec. '21
We learnt the fundamentals of Community Mobilization, Community Leadership, Ethical Engagment and Values and Skills of a Community...

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Induction Bootcamp - November 21, screenshot of online meeting

State-wise Champion Workshops | Dec. '21
In-person workshops was conducted for all the Samaaj Champions in the three states i.e. Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi. The team was...

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Deep-dive with Social Enablers | Dec. '21
In the meeting, the champions had an experience to meet and greet each other and get to know everyone's journey. The meeting also served...

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November 21, in person meetup in Delhi picture

दिल्ली में संवाद: सूचना और जागरूकता | Nov. '21
इन पर्सन मीटिंग में हमने कुछ टारगेट पे बात किया था और कुछ तकनीकी उपकरण पे चर्चा किया था | दूसरी इन पर्सन मीटिंग में हमने समुदाय की समस्या पे चर्चा की थी |...

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Technical Skill Session | Nov. '21
In the month of November, we focused on building the technical skills of champions to equip them with the knowledge of the following tools - Google Drive...

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Guest Session with Mckinsey | 19 Nov. '21
The Mckinsey team conducted a learning and development workshop with our champions. Their team offered...

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Induction Bootcamp - November 21, screenshot of online meeting

Campaign Bootcamp - Presentation | 16 Nov. '21
Samaaj Team was invited by Campaign Bootcamp, along with 6 other organizations/initiatives from across the globe to present our work...

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Induction Bootcamp - November 21, screenshot of online meeting

Induction Bootcamp for Champions - Nov. '21
A 5-day virtual event, the boot camp was organized to welcome the champions to Samaaj family and get to know each other. The...

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Cohort 2 - Bootcamp - 7-8,11-12 Oct. '21
4 days, 3 states, 35 champions! This was the beginning of the foundation of the 2nd cohort of Samaaj 3.5% where...

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JALSA 2021 - group picture of attendees

‘JALSA’ - 31 August 2021
समाज 3.5% एक पहल है जसिके तहत हमारी कोशिश है की हम एक भिन्न लोगो और समादयो से जुड़कर सामजिक नेतृत्व के द्वारा बदलाव ला सके।

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Cohort 2 Recruitment Drive - 1 Aug 2021
The recruitment drive begins for the 2nd Cohort (16 Aug'21 to...

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Design Thinking Workshop - 26-27 July 2021
A 10-hour workshop, spread across 2 days to fuel social entrepreneurial ideas and ...

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Our Champions

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The 3.5%

The Samaaj 3.5% team comprises of committed citizens zealous for change in their community. Be it travelling miles to distribute ration or respond to Covid emergencies or equip a community to respond to crisis, our team is ever ready to bring change to their communities by serving its members.

Mentors

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

Mentors

Achalika Ahuja

Anagha Shetty

Ananya Iyer

Chris Kollian

Hemanth Kumar

Laxmi Priya

Lokesh Joshi

Madhu Thalari

Meenu Devi

Meenu Joseph

Pankaj Sahu

Cohort 1 (Dec'20 - July'21)

Anysha

Arti

Chandrakala

Jaya

Jyoti

Kanmani

Kiran

Laxmi

Parmila

Parveen

Rekha

Talat

Taskeen

Urmi

Varsha

Cohort 2 (Oct'21 - March'22)

Aarti

Abhay

Abhishek

Akhilesh

Anju

Ankit

Anuradha

Apoorva

Avinash

Dipti

Divya

Harish

Jay

Jyoti

Komal

Lata

Lila

Mamta

Manvendra

Monika

Navita

Neha

Nida

Prabhat

Radhika

Rajeev

Rakhi

Renu

Rubina

Saksham

Sandeep

Sheelu

Uma

Upendra

Our Partners

Samaaj 3.5% is an ecosystem of individuals and organisations who believe in active citizenship and community led-change. We encourage individuals and institutions who share this belief to join hands with us. You can:

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