Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) addresses the difficulties of small-scale farmers and provides them with training on alternative farming practices. The project encourages the farmers to combine traditional farming techniques with recent agricultural developments to secure their food sovereignty as well as independence from agricultural corporations.
For farmers in India, it has become increasingly difficult to earn a living. Our partner Focus on the Global South supports small-scale farmers and advocates for a change in public opinion and policy, so that sustainable forms of agriculture become more viable for the farmers. This allows them to be independent from international companies.
The effects of global climate change are already tangible in South Asia. Those who suffer most from it, are the already marginalised sections of society. To contribute to the discussion on global climate justice, RLS facilitates the exchange of experts on climate change from South Asia and all over the world.
Most of the female domestic workers in India work under precarious conditions. Although laws and rules regulating their employment have been strengthened over the last years, domestic workers often remain isolated and at the mercy of their employers. With the Montford Social Institute, RLS encouraged them to take up their struggle together.
The Centre for Nepal Studies seeks to provide an open space for Nepali youth to come together, discuss, and learn more about current political issues. While our partner’s research and workshops lies on theoretical and practical questions of the contemporary political left, the centre also aims at establishing a network of intellectuals, political actors and youth activists in Nepal.
Gender plays a crucial role in the Indian labour market. The choice of profession, migration pattern or participation in workers’ unions are all fundamentally influenced by gender roles and expectations. With support of RLS, the School of Women’s Studies at Jadavpur University in Kolkata conducted in-depth studies on questions of work and gender in West Bengal.
In recent year, the Indian education system has been undergoing an extensive neoliberal transformation. Today, almost one third of all student attend private schools. In order to develop viable alternative methods of education, RLS collaborated with the South Asian University on a pilot project for the development of an alternative curriculum.
Workers Global North share many of their problems with their colleagues in the Global South. There is, however, hardly any exchange between the workers, who are divided through their different languages and geographical distance, but united in their struggle. Together with our partner Transnationals Information Exchange, we facilitated exchange with textile workers from South Asia and retail workers in Germany.
Marxism is a revolutionary worldview that must always struggle for new revelations. Marxism must abhor nothing so much as the possibility that it becomes congealed in its current form. It is at its best when butting heads in self-criticism, and in historical thunder and lightning, it retains its strength.