Welcome to Deshkal Society

Deshkal Society, since 1995, has initiated and innovated research, advocacy and grassroots interventions to further the inclusion and equity of marginalised communities in a democratised mainstream society. Issues of social exclusion/ inclusion, marginality and diversity in education, land rights and entitlements, and culture and sustainable livelihoods are the main focus where we continue to develop a conceptual understanding of the mainstream discourse and how it has evolved to limit and marginalise the underprivileged communities. Our knowledge based activism, including publications, consultative seminars and a sustained partnership between marginalised communities and our learning centres has helped us in democratising mainstream knowledge structures and policy development in favour of marginalized groups for their empowerment, social equity, inclusive growth and freedom.


Our Mission

Deshkal Society aims to realize the vision of socially and economically inclusive development with dignity, equity, and justice for all through interventions in the thematic areas of elementary education, right to homestead land, and sustainable rural livelihoods and culture..


Our Work

The core areas of our work are:

Elementary Education

• Grassroots interventions for enhancing school effectiveness and promoting inclusive classroom practices in government primary schools that could enhance learning achievement of children from diverse and deprived social backgrounds.

• Facilitating inclusive teaching-learning practices through capacity building of school teachers.

• Research and documentation for developing a contextualised understanding of the issues of exclusion/ inclusion in elementary education, and for identifying school and community based factors responsible for educational failure of children from diverse and deprived backgrounds.

• Policy advocacy and network building for promoting inclusive quality education for children from diverse backgrounds through national and international seminars and workshops, and publication of books and reports.

Homestead Land Rights

• Grassroots interventions for facilitating realisation of homestead land rights of the landless and marginalised communities.

• Capacity building of landless and marginalised communities through formation of CBOs, awareness generation and training for accessing and availing benefits of laws and policies.

• Policy advocacy and public campaigns for making government institutions and structures responsive and accountable to the land rights and entitlements of landless and marginalised communities.

• Survey, research and documentation for identifying issues and challenges, and disseminating evidence for effective policy advocacy and public campaigns.

Sustainable Rural Livelihood and Culture

• Engagement with issues around culture, development and identity among marginalised communities.

• Incorporating culture as a dynamic concept into basic planning for sustainable livelihood of marginalised communities.

• Promoting economically remunerative, decentralised and dignified livelihood options based on cultural practices/ creative expressions of marginalised communities.

• Research and documentation for preservation and dignified representation of the living cultural traditions of marginalised communities.


Funding Partners

National Agencies

• Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India.

• National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi.

• Indo Dutch Programme on Alternatives in Development, Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi.

• Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

• Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi.

• Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

• Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India.

• Ministry of Labour, Government of India.

• Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

International Agencies

• DFID India, New Delhi.

• UNICEF India, New Delhi .

• UNESCO India, New Delhi.

• Ford Foundation India, New Delhi.

• World Bank India, New Delhi.

• University of Birmingham, UK.

• CIDA India, New Delhi.

• FES India, New Delhi.

• Action Aid, UK.

• Care India, New Delhi.

• Prince Clause Fund, Netherlands.

• Heinrich Boll Foundation India, New Delhi.