• December 2018
  • "Programming for Inclusion:
    Psychosocial wellbeing within Development".

  • " A 1 year intensive training program towards adapting Seher program to Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, through partnerships. Partners to the training - GASVS (MP); Samaan society (MP); Smile sanstha (Raipur); Agrikon-BKG (Raipur). The first module was held at CDSA campus (3-10 December 2018). read more

    National CRPD Coalition’s 1st Consultation on Employment and All Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities towards Drafting of the Parallel Report". Swaadhikar, DRPI, AccessAbility, EQUALS and Bapu Trust. 13-14 December 2018. Hotel Lemon Tree, Hyderabad.

    India sent its first country status report to the CRPD committee, in 2015
    Towards making a collective response from disabled people's organizations country wide, AccessAbility, EQUALS and Bapu Trust got some quick actions together, to set up a national consultation in Hyderabad in December of 2018. Over 50 individuals and organizations participated in the process. An article by article response by civil society groups was gathered, widely circulated, and finalized as the first CRPD Alternate Report.

  • December 2018
  • January 2019
  • 2nd International Conference on Mental Health and Inclusive development.

    Inclusive Living options for persons with severe and persistent mental disorders

  • 6-8 January,
    Banyan / BALM,
    Hotel Grand Sheraton,
    Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.

    The Conference acknowledged the "capability" based approach,
    with focus on "debating" the social inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities, garnering experiences from different projects in India, with a few other country representations.

    Bhargavi Davar participated in the conference, presenting on cultivating inclusion practices through development partnerships.

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  • (February 1-3, 2019)
  • Resilient Futures India Initiative, Queen Mary College, University of London

  • February 1-3, 2019
    Hotel Vivanta Ambassador,
    New Delhi.

    RFII is a multilateral partnership initiative between India and the UK. Led by Queen Mary University of London with support from The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development and the Commonwealth Secretary General, the RFII open partnership will build relationships between Indian and UK academic, civil society, policy maker and industry leaders to design durable solutions for enhancing lives, communities and systems in contexts of uncertainty. Bhargavi Davar participated in one of the focused meetings to build partnerships to understand key resilience challenges facing India today.

  • February 2019
  • 12th February,2019
  • Going Home Project: An MOU with the Government of Maharashtra (under Mahaparivartan program)

  • On 12th February, in Mumbai, Bapu Trust and GoM exchanged an agreement on the "Going Home Project": The project aims to de-institutionalize women from the Yerawada mental hospital and mainstream them in communities with housing, employment, comprehensive health care and social support systems. This is a small project, among others, of an ambitious effort by Government of Maharashtra to intensify Development initiatives for a number of marginalized people, through private public partnerships. Bapu Trust was happy to see mental health and rehabilitation featuring within an integrated development framework.

  • February 2019
  • February 18-20, 2019
  • Australasian Aid Conference

  • February 18-20, 2019
    Development Policy Center,
    Australian National University,

    Supported by CBM Australia and DFAT, Australia, TCI Asia Pacific contributed to and participated in one of the 3 Key Note Panel discussions, on "Neglected in health and development: mental health and psychosocial disability". Chaired by Teresa Hall, speakers included Helen Fernandes (TEAR Fund), Bhargavi Davar (BT-TCI AP), Becca Allchin (TEAR Fund) and Aleisha Carroll (CBMA). The session spoke to the theme of exclusion and discrimination against persons with psychosocial disabilities, giving several good practice examples of their inclusion within development, with psychosocial support. Bapu Trust presentation focussed on understanding psychosocial and inclusion needs from a community and a population perspective, inclusive of urban amenities, migration patterns, socio economic features, violence, features of social capital, food and nutrition patterns, culture and coping. All development interventions may already be having an unstudied positive psychosocial impact, if integrated, needs based, and customized to not only individuals but also families, and neighbourhoods. Partnerships and co- operations at small and big levels within communities to develop locally relevant community based inclusion programs in mental health; and developing tools and measures of capturing population level intervention data on such programs. Seher program was illustratively shared as a good practice example.

  • February 2019
  • 23rd February,2019
  • CavinKare Ability Special Recognition Award

  • Bhargavi Davar collected the CavinKare Ability Special Recognition Award at their 17th Edition in Chennai, on 23rd February, remembering "Bapu" (Savithri Mani) and on behalf of her brother Karthik Venkatasubramaniam, the millions of victims of mental asylums and forceful psychiatry in India and Asia; on behalf of all those who supported, loved and spoke for the silent; on behalf of the fabulous Board, staff and peers in Bapu Trust, Seher and TCI Asia Pacific.

    The Awards event was held at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, on Harrington Road, Chennai. Bapu Trust is proud to have received this honour from the Ability Foundation, and in sharing this special place with 4 other amazing achievers.

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  • February 2019