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Centre for World Solidarity

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The Centre for World Solidarity (CWS) is a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) that focuses on development work with marginalised people in India. In their work with PACS, CWS are working in 169 villages in the Nabarangapur and Kalahandi districts of Odisha to ensure sustainable livelihoods for socially excluded communities by ensuring their access to land rights and employment entitlements, and developing their livelihood skills.


CWS’s project with PACS involves:

  • Strengthening Community Based Organisations (CBOs) at village and Panchayat (local self-governance system) level to work as pressure groups on the issues of revenue land rights, the Forest Rights Act (FRA) and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
  • Improving the participation of community leaders, representatives from CBOs and Panchayat members in filing land rights claims and settlements for legal ownership of forest land and traditionally used revenue lands.
  • Enhancing the capacity of women to form Self Help Groups (SHGs) and livelihood groups to engage in income-generating activities.
Impact so far…

CWS’s project with PACS started in September 2011. So far the following results have been achieved:

  • 652 CBOs have been formed, of which 528 (81%) are being led by people from socially excluded groups.
  • 5359 households have been supported to apply for a job card under MGNREGA. 4178 (78%) of these households are from socially excluded communities.
  • 9778 households have actually accessed work under MGNREGA, including 8049 (82%) socially excluded households.
  • 5051 Individual Forest Rights Claims have been submitted, of which 2270 (45%) have been approved so far under the FRA.
  • 4382 applications for revenue land rights have been submitted out of which 1144 (26%) have been approved. 3251 of the applications (74%) were made by socially excluded households and 1029 (32%) of these have been approved.
  • 1012 Self Help Group (SHG) members from socially excluded groups have received skills training in areas such as cultivation, kitchen gardening and goat rearing. 812 (80%) of these people are now gainfully employed using the skills they have learnt.

NB – these are figures from December 2014. 

About CWS

The Centre for World Solidarity (CWS) was set up in 1992 by the United Action Service for World Solidarity (ASW), a Berlin-based charitable organisation.

CWS strives to capacitate and support local partners in development work with marginalised people in India through a transparent and accountable methodology. Currently, CWS works in five states: Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Bihar.

Find out more about CWS’s work on their website (

Network partners

PACS encourages partners to collaborate with like-minded organisations to deliver the best results in the designated project area. These organisations are called “network partners”.

CWS is implementing their project for PACS with 4 network partners:

  • Association for Human Rights, Education and Development (AHEAD)
  • Association of Secular Initiatives for Social Humanism (ASISH)
  • Centre For Action and Rural Reconstruction (CARR)
  • Ekta Parishad Trust (EPT)

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