Youth for Social Development (YSD) is a development organisation working with the duty bearers and rights holders to improve the lives of urban and rural poor in the state of Odisha, India. Our interventions are primarily in the fields of governance and entitlements, including, health, education, water, sanitation, housing, and climate change. The resource-poor and marginalised communities, especially Dalit and Adivasi children, youth and women are our major stakeholders.
Working together to avail basic services, empowering the communities on the margin and nudging the local governments and elected representatives – through research, advocacy and training – constitute the core of our approach
Our journey began in 2005.
Poverty is most severe in the Southern and Western parts of Odisha. The area has the preponderance of indigenous/Tribal population. Social infrastructure, like roads, educational institutions and health care facilities, is poor. Employment opportunities are scarce, particularly for Dalits and Adivasis. Owing to caste and gender based obstacles, people’s participation in public affairs has been historically low in the region.
To address these issues, a group of research scholars from Berhampur University formed Youth for Social Development in 2005.
Our initial focus was on social audit of policies and governance. Today, we have emerged as a well-rounded grassroots research and development institution, combining service provision, advocacy, research and training.
We envision a just, equitable and sustainable society where everyone has access to social, economic and democratic rights and the capacity to achieve their full potential and lead a dignified life.
Our mission is to facilitate a holistic sustainable social and economic development of marginalized communities in urban and rural Odisha through participatory community action and people’s empowerment.
a. Social justice and equity
b. Integrity, transparency and accountability
c. Participation and cooperation
a. To promote transparent and accountable governance by creating space for dialogue between citizen and government to strengthen social justice processes through improved service provision, participatory policy making, and empathetic and responsive governance locally and at the state level.
b. To strengthen the eco-system for a life with dignity to all; improve basic services like water, sanitation, housing, health and education for the most vulnerable sections.
c. To work with the community and the duty bearers to improve the living conditions of, and life opportunities for, children; protect them from all kinds of violence and abuse and enhance their capacities to participate in their own development.
d. To enable adolescents and youth for life skills development, encourage them to engage in processes that have a bearing on their lives; equip them to become pro-active citizens to work for themselves and their communities.
e. To enable communities in environmentally affected areas to negotiate disasters; promote community adaptation to climate vulnerability and advocate for a way of life, a path of growth and development, that is in harmony with nature and not extractive and exploitative to people.