- To Make South Asia Free From Hunger and Poverty
- To take global and regional initiatives for sustainable agriculture, rural development and human dignity aimed at putting collective pressure on policy makers.
- To catalyze, support and strengthen civil society in promoting sustainable livelihood, ecological agriculture, food sovereignty, and equitable trade with a focus on the human dignity of poor and marginalized people in South Asia.
- To undertake training, research, publication and build capacities to promote economic, social and gender justice.
- To promote a democratic, accountable and transparent system of governance and create an enabling and supportive environment for development initiatives in South Asian countries.
- To build alliances and network at national and international levels in order to campaign and advocate policies for the marginalized in agriculture, agricultural trade, farming systems, natural resources, ecological balance and human welfare
Interventions for Change
- SANSAD creates knowledge that contributes to both the speed and quality of poverty reduction, with a focus on assisting those who are trapped in poverty and ecological degradation.
- SANSAD organizes mass campaigns, public debates, advocacy workshops, builds alliances, and forges partnerships between civil society and Northern NGO’s with similar objectives, on issues of agriculture, poverty, hunger, food sovereignty and social development.
- SANSAD attempts to go beyond activism to analyze policies and advocates at decision – making and implementation levels for policies and programmes in favor of the poor in South Asia.
- SANSAD brings together farmers and trade associations, academic institutions, like-minded voluntary organization on a common platform to strengthen advocacy campaigns for policy changes with respect to hunger, poverty, agriculture and trade. SANSAD makes all efforts to involve the rural communities in all advocacy efforts.
- SANSAD is continuously developing strategies to defend the livelihood of South Asia’s poor and hungry. SANSAD is developing a Resource Center that will function as a nodal agency for research, documentation, collection, analysis, and dissemination of information and reference materials.
The organizational structure consists of a General Body, an elected Governing Board, a South Asian Advisory Committee, a Secretary-General, and Staff working under a system of procedures that is democratic, credible, accountable, and transparent.
Governing Board of SANSAD
The Governing Board of SANSAD comprises seven persons, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary General and three members. At present, the Vice President’s position is vacant. It will be filled by a woman member in near future. The present Board Members with their positions are as follows:
|President||K. S. Gopal||Center for Environment Concerns, Hyderabad|
|Treasurer||Dr. Sanjay Bhatt||Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi|
|Secy General||Anil K. Singh||SANSAD, Delhi|
|Member||Sheelu Francis||Women’s Collective, Chennai|
|Member||Sharad Joshi||CECOEDECON, Jaipur|
|Member||Biplab Halim||IMSE, Kolkotta|
Values are the ideals we care most about and consider important. They are commitments we make to our stakeholders, and ourselves. Our core values need to be the intrinsic character traits that are instrumental in guiding us when making decisions and in our daily professional conduct. These values are the foundation upon which our relations are based. They drive the way we think, act, and work every day. We will be known and judged as individuals and as an organization on how well we live these core values.
- Nurturing strong, self-reliant individuals with expanded capacity for accomplishment;
- Learning how people can live together to create a sense of community, whether at the neighborhood level or as a global society;
- Building strong communities through collaboration to provide a basis for positive change;
- Encouraging responsible citizen participation to help foster social cohesion;
- Promoting the social, economic and political empowerment of all individuals and communities to preserve fundamental democratic principles and rights;
- Developing leadership to build upon the needs and values of people and to inspire the aspirations and potential of others; and
- Respecting the diversity of life to maintain a sustainable human and physical environment.
Our Code of Ethics
SANSAD holds a public trust to:
- Respect the communities we work with and serve;
- Integrity in our actions;
- Responsibility for our decisions and their consequences.
- Doing what we say we will do.
- Maintaining relevance by meeting needs in a changing environment.
Leadership on behalf of the public interest
- Enhancing the well-being of communities and society.
- Promoting inclusiveness, pluralism and diversity within society.
- Educating the public, business, non-profit organizations and governments, including appropriate advocacy and lobbying.
- Maintaining effective governance and management.
- Generating adequate resources, managing resources effectively, supporting and recognizing volunteers, and appropriately compensating staff.
- Avoiding conflict of interest and abuse of power.
- Striving for and achieving excellence in all aspects of the organization.
- Evaluating the total organization and its outcomes on an ongoing basis.