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Ahmedabad, India

Mr. Rajesh Bhat


Project Cooperation

Cooperation between the Department of Geography/Urban and Regional Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland, and SWAPATH Trust, Ahmedabad, India

Research supervision and organisational assistance (master's theses, professional internships, assistance and consulting)

Invited lecturer at University of Basel, Department of Geography/Urban and Regional Studies (main topics: poverty in India, poverty reduction strategies, NGOs and development cooperation)

SWAPATH Trust, Ahmedabad, India

NGO Activities

Mr. Rajesh Bhat is a development worker based in Ahmedabad, India. He has been active and associated with several charities in India. He has both grassroots level work experience as well as that of working at the macro-level for planning, networking and advocacy. His belief in people's organizations has led to establishing and strengthening many grassroots level CBOs in India. His specializations include rural poverty, child rights, governance issues and disaster risk reduction.

Mr. Bhat's experience in the fields of child rights and child care & protection is pertinent to AWARE Foundation's work plans. He has been the chief architect in shaping a creativity project with slum children in to a multi-pronged child care & protection programme for street and railway children for Ahmedabad Study Action Group (ASAG) - an organisation with which he has been associated for 25 years. He has been an active and leading participant of various task forces formed by CHILDLINES in India . He was the President of the Railway Children Federation of India - a federal body formed by all organisations working for the 'railway children' in various cities/towns of India.

He has co-authored a publication entitled "Children without Childhood" with Mr. Harish Joshi and Ms. Leela Visaria. He has several other seminar papers and reports to his credit. A major document called "Model National Act for Ideal Village Panchayat" has also been co-authored with three colleagues of Western India Forum for Panchayati Raj (WIFPR) - a network of organisations active in capacity building of local self governments in five western states of India.

For further information, visit the official website of The Aware Foundation or the website of the Ahmedabad Study Action Group.

„Shalin Manav Ratna“-Award for SWAPATH Trust

Recently, the many efforts  taken by Mr. Rajesh Bhat in the Developing Sector were honored by the Shalin Manav Ratna-Award, presented by Anoopam Mission.

Movie documentation: „Shalin Manav Ratna“-Award for SWAPATH Trust