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Ranjana Kumari, Director of the Centre for Social Research in New Delhi, is a veteran Indian feminist who has been following the International Women’s Conferences since Nairobi in 1985. She just returned from the March 2015 meeting in New York. We talked with her about women’s rights and gender equity in India.

How will climate change impact on biodiversity, agriculture and settlements in the diverse ecosystems of India? “Coping with Climate Change”, edited by Suman Sahai of Gene Campaign, based on solid research and presented in a highly readable manner, documents impacts and provides suggestions for adaptation practices .


It is election season in India, and there are few places like Uttar Pradesh to get a feel which way the wind is blowingIt is election season in India, and there are few places like Uttar Pradesh to get a feel which way the wind is blowing


In 2013, the India and the South Africa offices of the Heinrich Boll Foundation initiated on a joint learning and exchange project on sexual violence, “Sexualised Violence in National debate: Cross –border observations from India and South Africa”.


Healthy soils are crucial to human nutrition and the fight against hunger. But worldwide 24 billion tons of fertile soil is lost annually. Barbara Unmüßig calls attention to the growing threat to one of Earth’s most important resources.


The coming set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will seek to protect ecosystems, conserve resources, and lift millions of people out of poverty. But, though the SDGs will stand on solid legal ground, that ground must be developed further, argues Barbara Unmüßig, president of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

India needs to include more civil society voices in its engagement in global governance structures such as G20, BRICS and IBSA. Four studies by VANI - on Inclusive Growth, Financial Inclusion, Sustainable Development and Anti-Corruption - show how Indian and global experiences and debates may be linked.

New Publications

More and more Indian companies are investing in Africa. A new study by CUTS analyses the community-level and environmental impact of selected Indian mining and agricultural investments on the continent.

The "Aadhaar" biometry-based unique identity scheme holds considerable potential to empower women. A new book undertaken by a research team around Govind Kelkar takes - for the first time - a look at the gender dimension of the Aadhaar scheme.

India plans to roll out an extra 100 GW of solar power generation by 2022. The "energy transition" in Germany shows the opportunities and challenges of a large-scale move to renewable energy, holding some some lessons for India.

The publication maps low carbon options in India and its feasibility on social and economical parameters. The report makes strong case of possibility increasing the RE share in Indian Energy mix without compromising on development agenda


The Heinrich Böll Stiftung / Foundation (HBF) is the Green Political Foundation from Germany. Headquartered in Berlin and with about 28 international offices, HBF conducts and supports civic educational activities and projects world-wide.

HBF understands itself as a green think-tank and international policy network, working with governmental and non-governmental actors and focusing on gender equity, sustainable development, and democracy and human rights.

HBF is present in India since 2002, with the HBF India office in New Delhi coordinating the interaction with local project partners. HBF India’s programme activities are focused on three areas: Climate and Resources; Gender & Socio-Economic Policies; and Democracy & Dialogue.

Events & Announcements

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All past events

Consumerism, Censorship and Media Globalization in India

with Nadja-Christina Schneider (Humboldt-University Berlin)

recorded on June 3rd, 2014

Podcasts of the Lecture Series "Understanding India"

India and its Democracy

with Rajeev Bhargava (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India)

recorded on May 13th, 2014

Election in India – Dynamics of political change in India

with Vidya Subrahmaniam (The Hindu, India)

recorded on April 1st, 2014