Organizer: Azim Premji University, Dialogues on Democracy & Development and Centre for Social Justice

About the Training (Offline)

  • When: 21st June to 25th June 2023
  • Venue: Neembaadi Learning Pathways, Opposite Glade One Golf Club, Village Nani Devti, Sanand, Ahmedabad.
  • There is no registration fee involved
  • The maximum number of participants will be 30
  • Selected participants will be informed by 5th June, 2023

Note: Food and accommodation will be provided to all participants by the organizers free of any charge. Organizers will not be able to cover the travel costs of the participants.


  • To provide participants with the tools to facilitate dialogues around democracy and constitutional values
  • To assist the participants to adapt the tools to their own socio-economic and professional context.
  • To provide the skills to participants to engage in dialogic, participatory and activity-based workshops.
  • To create a pool of facilitators who are trained at conducting Dialogues on Democracy and Development workshops within a specific community.
  • To develop an understanding on religion and diversity through detailed sessions on basic concepts of Islam.

The training sessions will be facilitated by faculties of Azim Premji University,experts from Centre for Social Justice, and expert individuals from respectivefields. The sessions on Understanding Islam through the lens of syncreticculture will be hosted by Dr Syeda Hameed.


The proposed participants are people who are passionate about democratic values and drawing upon the strengths of Democracy for Development and engaging people around the same. They will be members of a group/community and will be eager to engage the members of the group/community around democracy, development and constitutional values.

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We are seeking partnerships with organizations and networks on two fronts:

  • nomination of participants
  • co-funding of training that the participants would be expected to
    conduct post the TOT(case to case basis).

The nominations of the participants need to be in line with the specifications mentioned above (Proposed participants). Further, upon successful completion of the training, the participants will be required to conduct at least 5 training sessions. Through these training the participants will be expected to cover a minimum of 200 members of their target community. The organizers will provide hand holding in designing the training. Partners will jointly be responsible for co-funding these training.

Know the Facilitators

NupurMs Nupur Sinha is a law graduate from National Law School Bangalore. Shehas been working for the last 20 years at Centre For Social Justice since its inception. CSJ is an organization pioneering in the ield of law. She has been involved in designing and implementing various programmes being run by the centre from time to time. This has given her an exposure to several thematic issues concerning various constituencies. She has also developed skills in programme administration and team management. Many of the programs have been routed through networks there by giving her exposureto steering networks. She has grown with the organization and has been functioning as the Executive Director since 2006. Her work involves research and capacity building especially in the arena of access to justice.

Gagan Sethi Gagan Sethi has 30 years of experience in organizational development,capacity building and advocacy at local, national & international levels in diverse cultural settings in Asia. He is a recognised leader in policy formulation, facilitating development projects and advocating for minority rights. Previously he has been the Co-chair of the Consultative group set up by the Planning Commission of India to draft Voluntary agency policy. He was also co-opted as member of assessment and monitoring authority set up under the Planning Commission of India, was a Mission member with EDI to the Government of Mauritius to help draft the Volag policy. He is the founder of ten development organizations working on areas of human & institutional development, access to legal justice, women empowerment, conflict management, minority and dalit rights as well as youth employment and
education. He is an experienced international trainer and consultant in organizational development, planning & review to several international and national funding agencies, think tanks and development projects for over 20 years. Some of his clients have included GTZ, Swiss Development Cooperation, Christian Aid, Ford Foundation, Misereor, IGSSS, Swiss Aid in India.

Dr. Anjor Bhaskar is a faculty of Economics at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru where he has taught courses on the Political Economy of Development, Political Economy of Education, Research Methods,
Understanding India, and co-ordinates learning outside the University through immersions and internships. He is the author of the Book, “All’s Well that Ends in a Well: An Economics Analysis of Wells Constructed under the MGNREGA in Jharkhand” (2015). He has also published articles on policy and
development issues in national and international Journals and newspapers. He has a Masters in Economics from the University of Warwick and a Ph.D. from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. In his Ph.D., Anjor tries to understand the institutional and political factors that shape the design and
performance of social policies in India. He has 15 years of experience working with Government, Academics, and Civil Society Organisations.

Sushant Kumar– A Political Science graduate from Banaras Hindu University and a Masters in
Education from Azim Premji University, Sushant is a passionate curriculum developer, facilitator, writer, and editor. Sushant is one of the founding members of Dialogues on Democracy & Development, and he has contributed immensely to the content & design of the workshop. He currently works as part of the strategy team at Mantra4Change, a civil society organization, working on school leadership and transformation. Email:

Syeda Saiyidain Hameed (born 1943) is an Indian social and women’s rights activist, educationist, writer and a former member of the Planning Commission of India. She chaired the Steering Committee of the Commission on Health which reviewed the National Health Policy of 2002, till the dissolution of the body in 2015, to be replaced by NITI Aayog. Syeda Hameed is the founder trustee of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA) and the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation and a former member of the National Commission for Women (1997–2000). She served the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) as its chancellor, prior to the accession of Zafar Sareshwala, the incumbent chancellor of the
university on 2 January 2015. The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for her contributions to Indian society.

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