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Making Paths by Walking Together

Child Participation is a process rather than an event, with varying degrees of involvement - from being consulted on a predetermined issue to children and youth choosing their agenda, making their own decisions and taking them forward.


Children At Risk

India is home to the largest number of children in the world, significantly larger than the number in China.

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The Resource Centre for participatory Development Studies 

 is a leading development resource organisation based in methodological innovations and field based concepts, promoting sustainable development of the marginalised sections from Rights perspective.  Formed in 2000, for over a decade, we have been growing and expanding our work with communities in southern Tamilnadu in close relationship with other NGOs and local communities in fighting poverty and social exclusion. The guiding policies of RCPDS consider women, children, dalit, conservation & protection of natural resources and prevention of HIV/AIDS as non-negotiable cross cutting themes in all its intervention.

RCPDS works directly with most vulnerable sections to ensure they muster their strength to gain a say in the policy arenas that affect them. This is made possible through close partnerships at the grassroots, which make our intervention and advocacy more relevant to their basic needs and alive to their realities.Over the period of years we have reached more than 15,000 families by building their capacity to withstand chronic poverty, social struggle, rights deprivation and gain their rights to basic needs and social inclusion. Strong processes have been made to create an enabling environment for children to enjoy their rights in community context. 

RCPDS make headway in critical areas with pilot participatory trials with children and their rights reality and give them a safe future in the lights of changing climate scenario.  Children movements are established and are involved in policy advocacy, mitigation and networking processes.  In addition, the center emphasis on close collaboration and consultation with wide range of mainstream actors including academic research institutions/Universities, in the South and in the North.

RCPDS extend its research and documentation experience to many development practitioners and range of National and international organisations through learning exchange visits and accommodating interns from many of the Northern and Southern Universities.  Our interventions are supported by various National and International organisations, especially by Kinder Not Hilfe, Germany and Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, Scotland.