Between 2012-15, CSEI undertook the first-ever study of CLOs ‘Deepening Democracy and Development, supported by the UNDP, India. The study mapped 1000 CLOs across 9 states and further studied 175 to understand the rationale in initiating the CLO, core concerns, identified strategies, challenges, and success stories in sustaining the work.


Girls learning and leadership programme (GLLP) from xxx 2020 to June 2022 to support adolescent girls maintain learning continuity during the covid school lockdown. The project identified interested school-going girls (GCs- Girl Champions) from the Dalit and Minority communities to organize ‘Peer Learning Circles (PLCs)’ for young girls in their habitations. The GCs were trained on social and gender awareness, identity affirmation and leadership, the Constitution, rights and legislations, the use of computers, and social media. 56 GCs engaged xxx PLC members across 56 habitations in 4 districts in Bihar and 2 districts in Uttar Pradesh. The GC was supported by mentors and anchors to carry out the project in their habitats. The project has: · promoted xx girls as education leaders in their community and builds their own aspirations and access to further education; · Supported xxx PLC members to return to schools when schools reopened · Girls across xxx districts campaigned and sent postcards to the Hon Prime Minister’s office to ensure 12 years of universal free inclusive quality education to all girls in the country. (Read more) Her-story writing – The Girl Champions is in the process of writing their her-story that will interweave personal and societal narratives to promote a more inclusive society.


Leadership among youth marginalized communities

Girls’ empowerment and gender sensitivity


CSEI evolved the Youth Equity Forums (YEF) as inclusive safe spaces where young people from diverse marginalized communities converge, communicate and collaborate in their journey from ‘self to society’ affirming their identity, experiential learning, and appreciative inquiry.