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  • THREAD has been experiencing gradual socio-economic development of the people it is working for. During last five years, it has triggered so many successful movements, from banning country-made liquor to opposing the introduction of the perilous GM crops. It has contributed remarkably in abatement of the infamous Kandhamal ethnic riot and in restoration of peace there. It has facilitated poor people to tap resources from government schemes for community development. Through its programme for political empowerment, THREAD has trained a number of prospective leaders in a series of training programmes and has enabled them to contest in PRI elections. A good number of 1245 trained candidates have won in the elections. Out of that 1077, 90 and 78 persons have been elected as Ward member, Sarapanch and Samiti members respectively.

  • THREAD has possessed rich experience in imparting developmental training on different subjects like self-discovery, appropriate mind management, conflict resolution, talent management. It has provided training to mid-career professionals from NGOs, civil society organisations and government. It has a long experience of providing training to ICDS workers inside and outside the state. THREAD has been maintaining a good relation with various groups, networks, institutions, experts, INGOs, CSOs, CBOs in state as well as national level. It has a strong contact with local government line departments. Amidst all these contacts, alliances and alignment, THREAD has been maintaining its identity.

  • The operational areas of the organization are the twelve poverty-dominated districts of Orissa. The root cause of poverty there is social and cultural deprivations which lead to economic deprivation. Denial of access to participation in public realm, public goods and services for certain sections i.e. Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) and religious minorities of the society in those regions is deep-rooted. This kind of social exclusion has perpetuated the vicious cycle of poverty. In those areas, gender, caste and tribal ethnicity remain strong makers of disadvantage, strongly correlated with particular occupational strategies. Among different economic groups, the most vulnerable groups are unorganized labourers especially the agriculture workers and casual labourers. Membership of these excluded group overlaps mostly with Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) status. When any member of these groups is a woman, the situation is the worst. Poverty is higher among indigenous groups and minorities reflecting a severe deprivation of opportunities in all aspects of life.

  • THREAD has been functioning on the issues of social exclusion and working with the victims for a long period. The key understanding on the issue is the processes and practices through which certain groups are first differentiated and then denied access to certain assets, services and other benefits available to the wider community. Social exclusion takes away choices and opportunities from poor people to overcome poverty. So, inter-generational transmission of poverty continues for a long period. Educational exclusion resulted from economic exclusion further aggravates the situation by denying the victims a voice to claim their rights.

  • With the intention to address issues of social exclusion and discrimination, THREAD has put rigorous efforts consistently. Some of these efforts have yielded positive results in the shape of substantial reduction of different forms of exclusion. The most significant achievement is that women members of the Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) groups have come out of their four walls of their houses and have joined together to form federations at various levels to address issues pertaining to their life. They have involved themselves in the planning and decision-making process within and outside their home. Also, people have realized and demanded their rights and entitlements from government. They have been able to tap government resources from year to year for their community development. With THREAD’s motivation and orientation some prospective leaders have won the positions in PRI elections. In addition to this THREAD has trained 90 Sarpanchs, 78 Samitee members, and 1077 ward members in Orissa.