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  1. 1. Centre for Civil Society Social Change Through Public Policy
  2. 2. Individual Rights: Every individual should be free to pursue her own dreams and interests so long as she does not harm the person or property of others. Freedom of Exchange: All individuals must be free to associate by mutual consent and to trade ideas, goods and services on mutually agreeable terms. Rule of Law: All individuals, persons and government submit to, obey and are regulated by law, and not arbitrary action by an individual or a group of individuals Limited Government: Governments should protect individual rights, enforce rule of law, and provide public goods and services that individuals and associations cannot provide themselves. Centre for Civil Society (CCS) was founded on India’s golden anniversary, 15 August 1997, by Dr. Parth J Shah, who was troubled by a sytemic problem that enervated India’s political governance. Despite her political independence from an alien state, India still lacked economic freedom. India was throttled by the license-permit-quota raj and ill-informed public policies that curtailed entrepreneurship, restricted opportunities, and stunted economic development. CCS, one of India’s first liberal think-tanks dedicated to advancing social change through public policy, was the outcome our deep belief in the individuality and dignity of all persons, and their right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. We are driven by the dream of a free society, where political, social, and economic freedom reign. Our ROOTS Our PRINCIPLES
  3. 3. ABOUT Centre for Civil Society All kind of people make the world... But it takes a civil society to make it like this. Centre for Civil Society is a public policy think tank advancing personal, social, economic and political freedoms. We aim to usher in an intellectual revolution that encourages people to look beyond the obvious, think beyond good intentions and act beyond activism. Our Mission We seek to promote choice, competition and community based policy reforms. Through research, advocacy and outreach, the Centre is reinvigorating civil society and rightsizing political society. Our Work Through evidence-based research, stakeholder engagement, and outreach to current and future leaders we advocate for effective public policy reform. Our focus areas are:  Increasing access to affordable quality education  Ensuring livelihood freedom for the enterprising poor www.ccs.in AboutCentreforCivilSociety
  4. 4. School Choice Campaign (SCC) is an award winning program for improving the education system in India, where all children receive quality education of their choice. The campaign aims to bring about much-needed reforms in the education system in India today using the three pronged approach of education vouchers, regulatory reforms and encouraging edupreneurs. The Campaign promotes two key reform measures: Efficient Use of Public Funds  School vouchers, conditional cash transfers and other voucher-like schemes  Convert all state funding to per student basis  Pedagogical and operational autonomy to government schools  Give failing state schools on learning contract  Link principal and teacher pay to student performance Equity and Quality through Liberalisation  Delicensing of entry and decentralisation of curricula, textbooks, exams and school management  Support for budget private schools through a credible affiliation board, independent performance assessment, and microfinance  Legalisation of for-profit schools www.schoolchoice.in
  5. 5. Research: We study learning outcomes, parameters of parental choice, and public and private expenditure and performance in education. Mass Mobilisation: We launched mass campaigns in 7 states to introduce the concept of school choice to parents, and build pressure on state governments for reform. Proofs of Concept: We run pilot projects on vouchers and social audit tools to demonstrate field implementation of innovative ideas. Policy Advocacy: Through policy meets, workshops, seminars and one-to- one meetings we work closely with policy makers from central, state and local governments to help them craft sound policies. Stakeholder Engagement: Through publications like Student First Magazine, policyreviewsandviewpoints,SchoolChoiceNationalConference,Education Dialogue series, and online resource centres like www.righttoeducation.in, we keep our audience abreast with the latest in education policy. Legal Action: We file Public Interest Litigations (PILs) to seek the judiciary’s intervention to ensure access and equity in education for all sections of society. Support to Budget Private Schools: We launched the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), India’s first national platform fighting for low-fee and budget private schools. AREAS of Work School Choice Campaign R T EI n d i a www.righttoeducation.in SchoolChoiceCampaign
  6. 6. School Vouchers School vouchers are a policy reform tool to empower parents and challenge education providers to improve the quality of teaching and education. CCS researched the international experience with vouchers, and adapted lessons to pilot India’s first school voucher projects (Delhi Voucher Project, and School Vouchers for Girls), allowing 800 students from economically weaker families to exercise choice and attend private schools. School Vouchers for Girls (SVG) is a pilot project for minority girl students of 32 state-run schools, between the ages of 6 to 14 who have graduated Class I. Each year, SVG provides an annual stipend of Rs. 4,000 to cover tuition fees for one academic year. Our assessment studies show improvement in two areas: Fund Students, Not Schools! Impact on Children Parental Response  Increased proficiency in English  Increased learning outcomes in English, Hindi and Mathematics  Increased reporting of weekly and monthly tests  Increased reporting from children that learning was fun  More students were promoted to the next class following 1 year of study in private school  Increased parent aspiration for their children  Increased satisfaction with learning progress and discipline of wards and, teacher performance  Increased parent teacher interactions and reporting  Increased willingness to spend more on education
  7. 7. Meet Muskan. She is 10 years old and studies near the Welcome Colony in the Selampur Area of East Delhi. Muskan wants to become a teacher. Luckily, she has been given the opportunity to study in an English medium private school through the School Vouchers for Girls (SVG) project. Muskan is among the millions of poor children in this country whose parents have taken it upon themselves to provide the best education they can afford for their children. Today Muskan’s parents feel liberated and express a sense of empowerment because SVG gave them school choice. Her parents are among the hundreds of parents who now have greater aspirations for their children to pursue higher education, and perhaps even have a professional career of their choice. Vouchers for them is the beginning to a better life. Giving Parents Hope for a BRIGHTER FUTURE for their Children “I have 5 children, 2 girls and 3 boys. Both my girls are studying in the Private school and my sons are in the Government School. Though the boys receive mid day meals and free education and we get money from the Schools to keep them there, I am worried that they can barely even write their names in English. Muskan who is the second youngest in the family gives tuition to her elder brothers in the house. I hope the School Voucher Project becomes a scheme through which I can teach my sons in these schools too.” – Shakeel, Father “I think education vouchers are a very good way of giving poor people an opportunity to educate their children in better schools. It is a new idea for us but we completely support this campaign.” —Mansi Sharma, Mother Our Voucher Girl with a DREAM!
  8. 8. Jeevika is an award winning effort aimed to eradicate market entry and exit barriers to promote individual livelihood freedom for street entrepreneurs (i.e. street hawkers, cycle rickshaw pullers, small shop owners etc.) Through research, publications, advocacy and innovative outreach programs on the ground, CCS campaigns for the review, revision and removal of regulatory barriers that condemn the enterprising poor to undue harassment, extortion and lifelong illegality and poverty. The campaign focus is on street vending and artisanship in Bihar and street vending and cycle rickshaw pulling in Rajasthan.  In Rajasthan: Working on state policy reform to improve implementation of inclusive urban reforms recognising the role of informal sector entrepreneurs.  In Bihar: Facilitating educational workshops with program beneficiaries and policymakers on the effects of current policy on informal sector entreprenewrs. Jeevika Campaign envisions achieving legal recognition for informal sector entrepreneurs so that they can focus on their livelihood activities. Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival To extend our advocacy efforts, CCS organises the annual Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival to capture the livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor. The festival brings to light policies and social, religious and cultural practices which prevent people from earning an honest living. By encouraging documentary makers to find interest in livelihood issues, the festival provides a platform toward strengthening the Freedom Struggle of the Poor, for liberalisation and deregulation for inclusive and sustainable development. Over the years, the festival has won the support from celebrities like Subhash Ghai, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Nandita Das, Rahul Bose and Shabana Azmi. www.jeevika.org | Law, Liberty & Livelihood
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  10. 10. Winner of the Templeton Freedom Awards in 2003 and 2011 for our ìpolicy courses “I personally feel that prior to my Researching Reality Internship experience, I was not aware of many realities of my country. My internship experience was transformational—it not only sharpened my focus, but made me a more informed citizen. The internship infuses a spirit in the youth to investigate the strengths and weaknesses in current policy and governance, and bring about the necessary policy change for economic growth and social development.” –Priyanka Maheshwari, 2012 Internship Graduate ìpolicy for LAMP Fellows, with Gurcharan Das Researching Reality Internship, Class 2012 ìpolicy for Young Leaders, Balancing Act
  11. 11. CCS Academy conducts educational and outreach programs of Centre for Civil Society. Our unique participatory programs for young leaders, journalists, young professionals, filmmakers and development leaders teach sound principles for market and community-based solutions to critical problems plaguing India. Our mission is the inspire future leaders and change agents to pursue the vision of a free society by championing a liberal approach to public policy. ìpolicy—Residential certificate courses on public policy within a liberal classical framework that make you look deeper to find out the root causes of India’s problems and their relation to government policies. Researching Reality Internship—Summer and non-summer internships for college students and researchers to apply social and economic principles to real-life problems through in-depth research projects. Colloquium—Residential programs focused on the understanding and analysis of a theme, either in economics, history, law, political thought or philosophy. Liberty&SocietySeminars(LSS)—Residentialseminarsaddressing the ‘big questions’ about the individual liberty, good society, and freedom. Besides these programs, CCS Academy organises several educational fests, lectures and competitions, and manages India’s first Hindi online liberal portal, Azadi.me (www.azadi.me) and the Asia Centre for Enterprise, an angel investor for liberal minded entrepreneurs in Asia. Academy “Liberty & Society Seminar has been one of the most informative and interesting seminars I have experienced in the last decade.“ —Neeraj Gupta, Urban Planning Department, Government of Rajasthan | New Ideas, New Leaders www.ccs.in/academy CCSAcademy
  12. 12. CCS HIGHLIGHTS Implementation of Street Vendors Bill in Rajasthan, ensuring livelihood freedom for street vendor entrepreneurs Launched RTE Online Portal (www.rightoeducation.in) ASAR Policy Win: Introduction of Common Admission Schedule to pre-primary classes in private recognised schools of Delhi - bringing standardisation in admission schedule to Delhi Launched School Voucher for Girls (SVG), bringing quality education to 408 girl students from economically poor families 2012 2011 2009 2010 Launched India’s first national platform fighting for the voice of budget private schools in India — National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) R T EI n d i a www.righttoeducation.in www.azadi.me Launched Azadi.me 1st Hindi Liberal Portal Construction of vending zones in 29 districts in Bihar brings legal recognition and protection of street vendors in both states for the first time CCS ranked amongst top 35 Public Policy Think Tanks globally by University of Pennsylvania
  13. 13. 1st Liberty and Society Seminar CCS ranks No 8 in the Top 25 Think Tanks in Asia Partnering with Government of Rajasthanforfirststatevoucher initiatives (Gyanodaya and Shikshak ka Apna Vidyalaya) 2008 19992007 “Centre for Civil Society is playing an important role in guiding policy reforms in the field of education. I particularly appreciate their concept of ‘Fund Students, Not Schools’ which holds great potential for ensuring quality education for India’s children.” — Arvinder Singh Lovely, Former Delhi Education Minister Parth J Shah inducted in Steering Committee of the Central Information Commission Education Minister of Delhi, Arvinder Singh Lovely removes cap on licenses given by the Centre to open schools 2006 Inaugurated 1st Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival 2005 Launched School Choice Mass Campaign across 7 states with 27 lakh parent petitioning for school choice for their children 2001 Centre for Civil Society organised first conference on alternative education and school vouchers in South Asia Shahana Sheikh researching reality internship paper on Public toilets in Delhi read by the MCD as per a Delhi High Court directive
  14. 14. Other INITIATIVES Governance: CCS is focused to bring efficiency and effectiveness to government programs.Wearebuildinganinformedcitizenrythroughpublicpolicy meets, research and publications. Our policy assessment primarily addresses New Public Management (NPM), Ward Level Management (NPM), right to information and public governance. Markets and Community: CCShighlightsweakenvironmentalpoliciesthatreduceaccountability, and prevent effective use and administration of natural resources. The Centre offers localised community ownership and management solutions to overcome prevalent environmental problems. Conferences, W orkshops & Events Publications NISA School Leaders Summit Morality of Capitalism Asia Liberty Forum Friedman on India School Choice National Conference State Citizen Handbooks Leaders in Education Action and Policy (LEAP) Handbook on New Public Governance Friedman on India Economic Freedom of the World Winter School on Public Policy Research Methods Voluntary City
  15. 15. BOARD Members Board of Trustees Ashish Dhawan, Senior MD of ChrysCapital Investment Advisors, Chairman of the Board Ajay Shah, Professor at the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy in Delhi Amit Kaushik, Former Director in the Ministry of Human Resource Development Gurcharan Das, Former CEO of Procter & Gamble India O P Vaish, Founder of Vaish Associates Parth J Shah, President and Founding Trustee of Centre for Civil Society Premila Nazareth, Independent governance and research consultant Board of Advisors Luis Miranda, Former Chairman of IDFC Private Equity, Chairman of the Board Ankur Shah, Interim India Director for Acumen Fund Donald Warmbier, Tax Attorney Iris Madeira, COO of Madhavi Desai Consulting John Blundell, Ralph Harris Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs Nitai Mehta, Founder and Managing Trustee of Praja Foundation Praveen Chakravarty, Eisenhower Fellow and CEO at Anand Rathi Financial Services Rakesh Wadhwa, Executive Director of The Everest Hotel, Kathmandu Reuben Abraham, Assistant Professor at the Indian School of Business Siddharth Shriram, Former Chairman of SIEL Industries Vinay Bharat, Chairman and Managing Director of DCM Limited www.ccs.in/aboutus
  16. 16. Fighting for India’s Second Freedom Movement! Centre for Civil Society A-69, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 Tel: +91 11 2653 7456, 2652 1882 Email: ccs@ccs.in www.ccs.in

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