AID Columbus in the News
Please find below coverage of people or projects supported by AID Columbus in the media.
Namma Bengaluru Award For Sikshana ... A project funded by AID Columbus
Sikshana, an educational project located in Bangalore has recently been awarded first ever Namma Bengaluru Award in the category ‘Private Organization in public service.' AID Columbus has been providing financial support to the NGO for the last five years.
Bhopal: Commemorating 25 years of injustice
AID Columbus marked the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy by setting up a table on campus and screening a documentary on the struggles of the gas victims. The campus newspaper, The Lantern, carried this news article a couple of days before the event.
Wall Street Journal interviews Aruna Roy
Wall Street Journal: You've been involved with the NREGA on the ground, how well do you think it has worked?
Aruna Roy: I will say that this is the first rural development service where people know what they are receiving so they can monitor it, where there has been concurrent evaluation, where we know what the losses or gains are. So, every time I read about corruption in the NREGA I am thrilled, not because there is corruption but because for the first time, so many people are protesting against waste of public money. India should be proud.
Wall Street Journal: Give me an example…
Aruna Roy: A women's group in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, has got 1400,000 rupees ($29,710) as unemployment allowance because they applied for work and didn't get it. According to the Act, you have to get work in 15 days within five kilometers of your village, and if the government can't give you work, it has to pay you unemployment allowance…Could you ever think of something like this before?
(Aruna Roy, a political and social activist, founder of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan and one of the key architects of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) spoke to the Wall Street Journal about a women’s group (Sangtin Collective), whose work was supported by AID Columbus during 2009-10).
Snow Leopard Conservation Program in Ladhakh
A 2-part series by Al-Jazeera on a snow leopard conservation program in Ladhakh, India that was supported by AID Columbus through the NGO, Kalpavriksh during 2006-09.
The Hindu: A rocky area turns green
An article published in the The Hindu on August 08, 2005 about biodiversity conservation and re-forestation. This program was supported by AID Columbus (2006-07), and Dr. Malali Gowda, founder of the NGO, Biodiversity Conservation and Research Trust (BCRT), was an AID Columbus volunteer at the time of this article.