EXTRAORDINARY WORK OF ‘ORDINARY’ PEOPLE: A SERIES

Village mapping at Kunariya, Kutch, Gujarat

The reports are available in multiple languages:

1. Extraordinary Work of ‘Ordinary’ People: Beyond Pandemics and Lockdowns

In the first volume of Extraordinary Work of ‘Ordinary’ Peoples (EWOP) series, we explore how each of the major problems faced during the COVID-19 pandemic has solutions—already demonstrated by communities, civil society organisations, or government agencies across India.

2. Community Forest rights & the Pandemic: Gram Sabhas Lead the way!

The second volume EWOP presents examples which may lead us to an understanding that community empowerment can restore ecosystems, create sustainable economies and community resilience to cope with the natural and human induced calamities such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. Pandemic Resilience in the Western Himalayas

In this third volume of EWOP, we have compiled stories from the Western Himalayan region which reflect the perseverance, resilience, and tenacity within the communities in the face of multiple challenges including COVID-19. These stories show that community-based work, care and support can overcome all hurdles.

4. Seeding Hope: Women’s Collectives create Pathways for Change

The fourth volume of EWOP presents stories of women’s collectives that have shown pathways for grassroots solidarity-based economic initiatives during COVID-19. The case studies point out that the ability to innovate and adapt in creative ways has been part of a broader process of women’s empowerment. These examples hold important lessons for reviving livelihoods in a post-pandemic India seeking new pathways to strengthen social and economic solidarities.

5. Youth Stories of Hope, Resilience & Collective Dreaming

The pandemic made many young people realize how deep the fissures in society are, how fragile our planet is, and how scary our future could be. The fifth volume of EWOP presents stories of hope, resilience, and collective dreaming by young citizens which show that another world is truly possible.

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