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Stories of Change - Case Study Challenge 2020 - 21

Azim Premji University has been organizing the ‘Stories of Change' - Case Study Challenge, on documenting good practices of social change from NGOs, government programmes, Social Enterprises and other organizations directly involved in design and implementation of development interventions.

This year, India, as well as most parts of the world, has witnessed an unprecedented pandemic, Covid-19, killing over a million people, crippling the health system, the economy, employment and livelihoods, education and other vital aspects of public life. While it exposed several weaknesses of the policy and institutional regimes of the country as regards healthcare, migration, welfare and livelihoods, small and medium businesses, etc. the last six months also witnessed the display of incredible collective action of larger citizenry in areas of humanitarian response, healthcare, livelihoods, entitlements, including influencing policy around these issues. Most significantly, citizen action has not been confined to existing organised civil society organisations (CSOs), but included formation of new informal and formal citizen groups shouldering massive responsibilities towards their fellow citizens. Such responses are found in scale and depth across the country.

We plan to dedicate the third edition of Stories of Change initiative to social actions in response to Covid-19.

It will be organized around the following sub-themes, relating to the response to widespread critical needs. These are

  1. Humanitarian response to specific communities in rural, urban and forest areas
  2. Healthcare responses specific to Covid-19
  3. Livelihoods response to specific communities
  4. Welfare and entitlement responses e.g. MGNREGA, PDS, Pension, DBTs and many others
  5. New initiatives cutting across these above themes and more including matters related to policies

Who can participate? Who is this meant for?

Participants can be representatives of NGOs, social movements, informal citizen groups, networks and individuals. Students / researchers / academics and funding organizations can also participate in collaboration with any of the organizations mentioned above.

31st January 2021: Registration deadline REGISTER THROUGH THIS LINK

Registered Teams will receive detailed guidelines for writing and submitting the case studies

  • 30 April 2021: Submission deadline
  • 31 May 2021: Shortlisting
  • 15 June: Announcement of selected cases


Ten selected submissions will be edited and published as part of the third volume of the Impacts Cases: Stories of Change 2020 with credits duly acknowledged. Authors (Organisations/individuals) of these ten selected submissions will be awarded Rs. 50,000 as a token of appreciation.

Stories of Change – Case Study Challenge 2019 - 20

Azim Premji University has been organizing the ‘Stories of Change' - Case Study Challenge, on documenting good practices of social change from NGOs, government programmes, Social Enterprises and other organizations directly involved in design and implementation of development interventions.

The Case Study Challenge aims to capture reflections and learning, including documenting the boundaries and limitations of social change interventions. The University wishes to recognise and honour efforts towards social change and contribute to the body of knowledge about contemporary development practice by encouraging and enabling practitioners to document and reflect upon their initiatives. Such cases will subsequently become available to Universities and development practitioners for the purpose of learning and teaching/training. Through this Case Study Challenge we also hope to develop a sustainable network with practitioners, NGOs, policy makers, researchers and students interested in knowledge creation and dissemination. [The Volume I of the ‘Stories of Change’ compendium is available for download on the right-hand side]

The 2nd edition of 'Stories of Change - case study challenge' (launched in April 2019) received a good number of submissions from across the country. Our evaluating panel shortlisted 17 case studies for the final assessment. It was a tough job for the panel to decide the winners as each of the 17 entries was very good. The final winners are the following:

Winner Civic Response Team, CARPE
Documentation of their Solid Waste Management intervention
Joint Runners – Up Noora Health (Bangalore) Care Companion Program for critically ill patients
Sahjeevan Trust (Kutch, Gujarat) Conservation of camel breeds of Kutch region
Special mention cases Centre for Health and Social Justice (Jharkhand) Responsible partners and caring fathers
KHPT (Bangalore) TB patients Careline
Project Second Chance Reformation of Prisoners

For more details, please write to [email protected]

Stories of Change – Case Study Challenge 2018 - 19

Thank you for the overwhelming response received for the 'Stories of Change' - Case Study Challenge 2018 - 19. We received 95 submissions from various organizations and individuals. The final selection has been made out of the 95 submissions through a two stage process by faculty panels drawn from wide range of disciplines and domains.

Name of the Organization The documented intervention
First Prize Winner Centre for Social Justice (Ahmedabad) Raan Rede (Community Radio intervention)
Joint Runners-up Empowering Women in IT (kerala) Child Care Hub in IT Park
Joint Runners – up CEHAT (Maharashtra) Integrating gender in medical education
Special mention WGWLO (Gujarat) Workers on their own fields to land owners and sustainable agriculturists
Special mention PRADAN (Delhi/ Purulia) Sustainable transformative development in Purulia
Special mention Foundation for Education, Ecology and Livelihood (Bangalore/AP) Kaigal education and environment program

For more details, please write to [email protected]

stories of change volume - I theme wise

Community Mobilization efforts

Public Health concerns

Gender concerns

Education interventions

Interventions in Livelihoods

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