Launch of Delhi Citizens' Handbook 2017: Government to Citizen Services

Event Date: 29 Aug 2017; Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Venue: NCUI, New Delhi

DCH 2016Centre for Civil Society and FNF South Asia are pleased to invite you to:

The launch of the Delhi Citizens' Handbook 2017 and a panel discussion on “Good Governance and Development: Strategic Performance and Reforms”.

29 August, 2017
NCUI, New Delhi | 4:00-6:00 PM

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The Delhi Citizens' Handbook features research papers assessing the impact and relevance of policies that shape the lives of ordinary citizens in the national capital on eight core areas of urban governance: Administration, Education, Public Healthcare, Water and Sewage, Labour and Employment, Food and Civil Supplies, Public Transport and Women's Safety, and Housing Infrastructure. The Handbook has been prepared with the aim of functioning as a critical resource for productive public intervention and for ensuring an informed discussion on achieving effective and accountable governance.

The panel discussion will be centered on exploring the idea of governance and development, taking from the policy shortcomings addressed in every chapter of the Handbook. It will also address the critical questions of how governance and developmental reforms, for instance the recent e-governance initiative, can take place in a country like ours, and what the expected role of governmental and non-governmental institutions will be in this process.


4:00-4:30pm - High tea
4:30-4:40pm - Introduction by Centre for Civil Society
Welcome remarks by Friedrich Naumann Foundation
4:40-5:00pm - Launch of the Handbook and keynote address by Deputy CM Manish Sisodia
5:00-5:45pm - Panel discussion: Good Governance and Development
Panellist: Atishi Marlena, AAP
Anjali Srivastava, Praja
5:45-5:50pm - Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks

The Delhi Citizen’s Handbook 2017 focuses on:

  • Administration: The implementation and outreach of the e-District Delhi Project under the National e-Governance Plan.
  • Education: The accessibility, inclusivity and efficiencyof provisions under Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act.
  • Public Healthcare: The quality and accessibility of public healthcare facilities like government hospitals and mohalla clinics.
  • Water and Sewage: The effectiveness of pollution control and wastewater management systems.
  • Labour and Employment: The implementation and effectiveness of the Minimum Wages Act.
  • Food and Civil Supplies: The effectiveness of the Public Distribution System and efficacy of Fair Price Shops.
  • Public Transport and Women's Safety: The challenges faced by women service providers in the transport industry.
  • Housing Infrastructure: The extent to which affordable housing is made available to the urban poor in Delhi by the government.
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Looking forward to your participation!

For more information, contact: Sadaf Hussain| sadaf@ccs.in | +91 99531 33868

Centre for Civil Society FNF South Asia

Liberty Connect : Alumni Picnic in Cubbon Park, Bangalore!

Event Date: 30 Apr 2017; Time: 4 - 6:30 pm
Venue: Cubbon Park, Bangalore, India

Enjoy a fun Sunday evening connecting with the CCS alumni network at a picnic in Cubbon Park!

Whether it's through Liberty and Society Seminars, ISPP, ipolicy or internships, what we value most about our journey over the past two decades is the continued support of our alumni. We'd love to hear what you've been up to, your favourite memory from a CCS program, and what you'd like to see more of from us at CCS.

We're excited to invite you to a Sunday Picnic at Cubbon Park, for CCS ALUMNI on 30 April at 4pm. What better way to spend an evening than catching up on old times, meeting friends, walking down the memory lane, discussing ideas and munching on some great food! Please spread the word among your fellow batchmates who were a part of your group at CCS Academy programs and mark your calendars. Feel free to bring a friend along.


Invite fellow CCS alumni on the Facebook event page

Launch of 'Liberalism in India: Past, Present and Future at Dehradun Literature Festival 2016

Event Date: 22 Apr 2017; Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Venue: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Launch of
Liberalism in India: Past, Present and Future

and Panel Discussion: Crisis of Liberalism in India
with Jerry Rao, Gurcharan Das, R Jagannathan and Hindol Sengupta

Colloquium on Liberty, Democracy, and Public Choice

Event Date: 03 Nov To 06 Nov 2016; Time: 9:00am-6:00pm
Venue: Goa

Despite 67 years of political independence and democracy, India is throttled by political practices that stifle individual liberty, the license-permit quota raj that still exists for the poor, and ill-informed public policies that curtail entrepreneurship, restrict opportunities for growth, and stunt economic development. Current socio-political attempts to deal with these issues have seen the growth of a prominent anti-corruption movement and subsequent passing of a watered down anti-corruption bill, the birth of the populist Aam Aadmi Party, and most significantly the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. However, none of these have identified or addressed the core issues within the Indian political system – a large and opaque bureaucracy, an overwhelmed and ineffective judiciary, an alarmingly pliant Constitution, deeply entrenched interest groups, and a culture of dynastic politics.

Over the last three decades, public choice theory has emerged as a prominent research agenda in economics and political science that addresses central themes in this tradition with the tools of economic analysis. Specifically, public choice theory has focused on the working properties of alternative political arrangements in an effort to understand constitutional features that are most likely to advance individual autonomy and flourishing as understood by the individuals who must live under a given constitution.

This conference for academics will focus on the leverage that the public choice approach has given political scientists and economists over understanding how democracy works and how institutions such as constitutions can be constructed to produce better social outcomes. We hope to discuss the impact that this school has had both within the academy and in the real world of politics, with a special focus on the Indian context.

CCS Colloquium is a two-day (three nights) residential program and forum for in-depth discussion centred on a chosen theme/policy. The Colloquium provides participants an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Our hope is that participants will go on to share their advanced understandings and to develop innovative ideas and approaches for bringing specific policy solutions to advance liberalism today.

The colloquium will address the following themes:

  1. Politics and Constitutionalism
  2. Majority Rule, Voting Cycles, and Democracy
  3. Democratic Deficiencies
  4. Federalism
  5. The Generality Principle
  6. Constitutionalism and Credible Commitment

Eligibility: Participation to the Colloquium is by invitation only. For any details, contact manasi@ccs.in

Liberty Connect: CCS Alumni Meet in Delhi, Oct 2016

Event Date: 09 Oct 2016; Time: 7:00-8.30 pm
Venue: CCS office, New Delhi

 CCS Alumni Meet in Delhi

YOU, our alumni, represent the future of liberalism in India and we want to hear from you on how you’ve been working to promote choice and accountability in your circles! Catch up with us over high tea on 9 October 2016 at the CCS office.

Vrinda Bhandari will be giving a keynote on the Role of Privacy with respect to states and markets. The talk will be followed by high tea.

Vrinda Bhandari is an alumnus of the University of Oxford where she read for the BCL and the Masters in Public Policy, after being awarded the Rhodes Scholarship. She completed her B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She is currently practicing as an Advocate in the Courts in New Delhi. Vrinda has a deep interest in issues related to free speech and privacy and in criminal law, and has worked extensively on issues involving defamation and sedition law.

Network with other graduates from across over a 100 programs conducted in policy research and training—a strong cohort of individuals passionate about creating a freer society. If you are a graduate of our Internships, or the LSS, ISPP or ìpolicy courses – Register NOW for the meet up!

For more information, contact Manasi Bose (alumni@ccs.in | +91 9810772964)