Development Cooperation Handbook/Stories/Responsible Development - Varanasi
⇒ The story about the Kautilya Society work in Varanasi
⇒ Court fight continues for the Varanasi Heritage
⇒ MDG 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
⇒ New Goals 1 - Recognize and protect our diverse identities and our common heritage
Kautilya Society for Intercultural Dialogue
Varanasi, India , 2012, 2013
The Kautilya Society is a non-profit organization based in Varanasi and founded in 1998 by persons who believe that dialogue and partnership among people and cultures and further peace, development and mutual understanding. The common objectives of its members is to promote dialogue and cultures among people and cultures across the world, support pedagogic and development initiatives. Its panel of experts and volunteers specialise in varied fields of education, culture, sustainable development, environment protection, conservation architecture, media, sociology, philosophy, communication, human rights, arts and handicrafts.
In the field of development, the Kautilya Society supports global partnerships and networking for local development based on stakeholder participation and protection of local cultural, architectural and environmental heritage, especially in the city of Varanasi. Its projects include research, social documentaries, networking and lobbying for policy changes, sustainable urban planning, historic city centre management. The organisation has also filed a public interest litigation against the State and local governments demanding the implementation of existing heritage legislations, and the integration of these into the urban and town planning act of the city.
In the field of culture, it promotes Indian culture and creates moments of contact among organisations and peoples from diverse cultures, through research projects, networking, seminars and cultural events. This includes academic interaction as well as responsible tourism. In the field of education, the Kautilya Society develops global partnerships to mobilize human resources and funds for improving the quality of the learning environment and curricula in Indian schools for the rural and marginalised populations. It has developed an online resource base and course modules (including online, audio-video) on development education that include awareness building on cooperation projects and managing cooperation projects. These resources are especially made available to train small organisations in raising and managing funds for development aid. With the aim of supporting responsible development, the Kautilya Society has developed a unique approach of local development based on the preservation and revalorization of local resources.
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La Kautylia Society è una ONG indiana, nata nel 1998 ed ha la sua sede a Benares.
Sorta con lo scopo di promuovere l’interscambio interculturale si è in seguito impegnata sia nel campo formativo - educativo che per una crescita responsabile, collaborando con l’associazione non profit italiana “progetto Utopia”. Nell’area formativa l’obiettivo principale della Kautilya è fornire supporto a strutture esistenti mettendo a loro disposizione l’esperienza di specialisti del settore educativo, attraverso la piattaforma “open responses”, un sistema on line aperto a chiunque voglia attingere risorse, così come contribuire alla crescita delle stesse.
Per una crescita responsabile la Kautilya individua, nelle aree rurali, villaggi che rischiano di scomparire a causa dell’attrazione, che esercita sui loro abitanti, la speranza di trovare un lavoro in città; analizza le risorse locali e ne constata l’effettiva sostenibilità, affiancando a queste, a seconda dei casi, nuove iniziative che consentano la sostenibilità economico – culturale del villaggio stesso.
Nelle aree urbane è impegnata nella conservazione e valorizzazione del patrimonio architettonico, anche attraverso la promozione di un turismo responsabile.
address: Kautilya Society, D-20/21 Munshi Ghat, Varanasi, India
Web site and contacts: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=128054409082
Illegal Building on the Ghats and the Lack of Legislative Enforcements
"There are laws but there is no implementation of the law. Open violation of civil law. Entities which monitor the implementation of laws are not doing their work and responsibility. Reasons why the Ghats must be protected. An example of breaking the law for construction. Lack of legislation for protecting old building which needs to be integrated in the town and urban planning act" Life Story, Idea of Development and the 3 Process to for Heritage Protection
Why do you work for the profits development of others
Global Citizenship is the Future
See also 
⇒ Heritage and Community ⇒ playlist
⇒ Youth & Heritage - Sweida (8) - ⇒ playlist
⇒ Preservation and Development - MAM - Damascus (8) - ⇒ playlist
⇒ Muisca Indigenous Heritage ⇒ playlist