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Free, Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC)
Facilitators toolkit

It is estimated that 50 million people have been displaced due to “development projects” over 50 years in India [2011]

FPIC is the principle that a community has the right to give or withhold its consent to proposed projects that may affect the natural resources they customarily own or use. FPIC is enshrined in international laws such as the UNDRIP.

This toolkit draws from the experiences of rural / tribal communities and organisations in India who have fiercely struggled to protect their natural resources and their way of life against forces that subscribe to a conflicting version of development.

The tool is designed to be used by specially trained facilitators to empower marginalised communities who are most at risk of being displaced.

(Partner : Oxfam India, 2015)

FPIC Kit Hindi download preview
FPIC Kit English download preview

Farmers Kit

To mitigate the effect of climate change, and to ensure food security of tribal communities, CInI has been working across 8 states of central India to promote a new method of growing rice that produces higher yields at lower costs.

This pictorial kit is designed to enable women farmer-groups to quickly adapt to the new method. It involves a game that helps women to discuss, remember, and prepare for, the crucial steps necessary for a good yield.

(Partner : Cini, 2015)

Farmers kit Hindi download preview
Farmers Kit English download preview

Early Bird

Nature Conservation Foundation's (NCF) goal is to contribute to the knowledge and conservation of India’s wildlife heritage with innovative research and imaginative solutions.

The Early Bird Project, a part of NCF's Outreach & Education work, aims to facilitate a deeper connection with nature, by creating a variety of resources particularly for young people.

TF helped design the visual Identity for the project, and design it's first toolkit; a set of 40 interactive picture cards to introduce birding to children.

(Partner : Nature Conservation Foundation, 2014)


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Water Sanitation Community Kit

This is a set of 56 flash cards and 5 banners, designed for use by field-workers engaged with flood prone communities. The cards, and the accompanying activity instructions have been adapted from watsan kit (2005) and PHAST Cards (2004).

The attempt here was to create a comprehensive and updated library of images. The cards are organised into colour coded sets - to enable field workers to get started on specific issues at short notice, and carry few cards at a time.

(Partner : Oxfam India, 2012)

Watsan Banners   download preview
Watsan Flash Cards   download preview
Watsan Flash Cards Instructions   download preview


Reports on Disaster Response

"In Search of Higher Ground" (film and publication 2008), "Reckoning with Aila" (2009), "Flood Response in South India", "Ladakh..." (2010) and "Coping with Climate Change" (2011) are overview reports on the relief and recovery work by Oxfam India partners in the wake of recent natural disasters in India.

(Documentation, Editing & Publication Design
for Oxfam India, 2008 - 11)

In Search of Higher Ground 2008   download preview
Reckoning with AILA 2009   download preview
Flood Response in South India 2010   download preview
Ladakh... 2010   download preview
Coping with Climate Change 2011   download preview

Also See ideas that work! gender in disaster response

    Oxfam India publications

Watsan Education Kit

This kit has been designed primarily for use in rural schools, to discuss life saving issues related to water, sanitation and hygiene. The module helps participants to think about daily life and examine the need for behaviour change.


PHAST Cards, West Bengal

The Participatory Hygiene And Sanitation Transformation method has been successfully to build community participation in Safe water and Sanitation projects. This set of cards were developed for pilot projects in Raghunathpur and Bolpur

(Partner : GKW KFW PHED-West Bengal, 2004)

Water Conservation Campaign, West Bengal

This campaign was developed for the Raghunathpur Bolpur Water and Sanitation Projects. The campaign focused on "Zero Waste" and "Tariff Reminder". Materials included ceramic tiles installed on stand posts. A leaflet with helpful water conservation tips were distributed for household users.

(Partner : GKW KFW PHED-West Bengal, 2004)

Promoting the use of Bio gas in Kumaon Hills

The project began with studying bio gas users in the Kumaon hills. This was done by living in Chamini village in the Kumaon hills and understanding the pros and cons of using bio gas as perceived by the villagers. A picture story book was developed dealing with the issues raised. This would be used by animators from the local NGO in convincing new users in the usefulness of bio gas.

The second part of the task involved developing an illustrated instruction manual for bio gas users, dealing with maintenance of the plant and troubleshooting tips.

(Partner: Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation, Ranikhet, 1999)
    Go Mata ki Aashirvad

    Bio-Gas Users Instruction Manual

Safe Water and Sanitation, Kumaon Hills

The project involved development of low cost communication aids for distribution among village men and women in the Kumaon hills.
The aids were to help them understand (1) how water borne diseases spread and can be prevented and (2) the evolution and advantage of the sanitation model being promoted under the 'Swajal Project'.

(Developed for Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation, Ranikhet, 1998)

Safe Water and Sanitation, Lucknow

This was a pilot project on participatory, educational communication in rural areas.

The resource was to be photographic slides which were a documentation of the work done by the Government of U.P. to provide safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities to the villages in U.P.
women community members
The aim of this pilot project was to spread information about successful participation of the people and elicit similar response elsewhere. A secondary aim was also to demonstrate the possibility of triggering horizontal communication with the help of simple visual aids.

(Supported by Project Support Unit Lucknow, 1992)
    women sorting slides
    imageVillage women select and sort slides on a light table...
    ...and present their story to the community.
    screening the show

Anti Drug Abuse Campaign

This project has historic significance for us. It was launched in 1986 in Kolkata, long before the inception of Thoughtshop Foundation. The success of the campaign reaffirmed our belief that we could initiate radical positive social change.

The campaign generated a public outcry against drugs and was widely reported. The concern generated led to laws being changed, and an Anti-drug Cell initiated by the Police. Many NGOs came forward to handle the issue and the media came forward to report it in a more informed and serious manner.

(Supported by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industries)


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