The Prajnya Trust

ABOUT PRAJNYA INITIATIVES

Prajnya’s work is organized into thematic initiatives that provide the basis for all its activities. Each initiative addresses a cluster of issues and is structured around a cornerstone or anchor project that will form its core agenda. The initiatives draw on each other, and some projects display a natural overlap which facilitates mutual engagement.

Cornerstone Projects, long-term projects that represent Prajnya’s commitment to a sustained research and outreach agenda with regard to each such cluster, were envisioned as anchoring each Initiative. These flagship projects anchor all the other activities of the Initiative, some of which may be of shorter tenure, by sharing resources with them and informing their agendas.

Prajnya's work is structured around two Inititives, at present: (1) Politics, Security and Women and (2) Education for Peace. The Initiatives reflect our understanding of "peace, justice and security":

  • Women’s rights and participation, gender equity and freedom from gender violence are central to the Politics, Security and Women Initiative.
  • The Education for Peace Initiative brings these understandings to teaching and classroom practice, reaching out to teachers, children and parents alike.

1) Politics, Security and Women Initiative

Believing the systematic study of women in politics, the security of women and the role of women in creating security and insecurity to be imperative, this initiative will focus on (1) documentation, research and dissemination; (2) capacity building and (3) network building.

The Initiative works through two programmes:

2) Education for Peace Initiative

This initiative hosts Prajnya’s pedagogically-oriented projects, using a range of expressive media towards (1) documentation and dissemination; (2) forging new ways of thinking about conflict and peace; (3) teaching and learning of skills conducive to communication, healing, reconciliation and interaction between people with divergent interests; and (4) capacity building for conflict resolution. Visit the Education for Peace page.

The original vision for Prajnya embraced a host of other concerns. Two Initiatives we would like to work on in the second decade of Prajnya's life are 'Regions' ( the shared problems, the push and pull of relationships and security issues within geographical and political regions, through activities that combine research, collaboration, network and outreach) and South Asian Security (Understanding ‘security’ as safety, survival and well-being, projects under this initiative will centre on (1) producing accessible publications with tangible utility for furthering public debate and (2) network building and dialogue).