Civil Society Dialogue
Working with civil society, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), cooperatives, the academia, business associations, trade unions, women and youth associations, among other entities, is an integral part of EU-India cooperation. India’s vibrant civil society has been continuously contributing to addressing the inclusive growth and development issues of the country over the last six decades. Civil society organizations often play a critical role in helping reach out to the most remote and marginalised population groups, address specific social, economic and environmental challenges, test new models of intervention and make globalisation and technological advances work for all.
The EU seeks to strengthen civil society by facilitating the participation of a wide range of stakeholders, strengthening capacity development processes, promoting social dialogue, facilitating citizens’ active engagement and networking as well as promoting innovation and best practices. About 80 projects involving civil society actors are ongoing for a combined amount of over €80 million in EU funding. Almost all projects work in direct partnership with various government programmes, schemes and institutions, at various levels, from centre to state, district, block, taluk and village levels.