South Asian Peoples' Initiatives (SAPI), as a platform, was floated in 2003 in the context of Mumbai World Social Forum 2004 and has facilitated networking of more than 100 faith-based and secular organizations in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Animated by the Jesuits of South Asia, specifically by their social action wing, Jesuits in Social Action (JESA), SAPI has grown from strength to strength in bringing together individuals, NGOs, CBOs and People's organizations and movements on common issues, struggles and policy interventions which affect the priority groups.
The strength of SAPI lies in decentralized decision making, transparency in functioning and bottom-up approach in building up leadership at the state, zonal, national and South Asian levels.
What SAPI believes in
SAPI believes in and promotes democratic, egalitarian, secular, cultural-pluralist society, through collective search and action, with and on behalf of the marginalized communities: Dalits, Adivasis/ tribals/ indigenous peoples, women, unorganized workers, youth, children, refugees and minorities.
SAPI Mission: What SAPI Envisages:
What SAPI Envisages:
Threefold Mission of SAPI:
1. Organization and mobilization at the grassroots
2. Training and issue-based struggles
3. Research and Advocacy
This threefold mission may be explained further as follows:
· Expanding public space with rights-based perspectives
· Providing visibility to local interventions
· Organizing trainings, workshops and seminars to capacitate the members of SAPI
· Facilitating the members to intervene at the policy formation of the government.
· Besides the above mentioned regular activities at the local levels, some of the Major Activities that have been organized collectively till now are:
· Participation in various social Forums in India and abroad
· Relief work during the Tsunami in Srilanka and India
· Trainings on Narrative skill writing
· Training on Right to Information and National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
· Campaign for a Dalit National Policy
· Workshop on Displacement and Migration : In Search of Alternatives