Three Hivos partners won awards at the 2012 Times of India 'Social Impact' Awards held on 28 January 2013. Widespread and tangible impact, which has the quality of changing lives forever, is the key criterion for these awards.
The Association for Democratic Reform (ADR) shared the award in the Empowerment and Advocacy category for NGOs with Navsarjan Trust, which was a long-time partner of Hivos. ADR was awarded for promoting transparency and accountability within the Indian electoral system; Navsarjan for empowering Dalits, tribals and marginalised communities in the state of Gujarat. Dhan Foundation received the award for NGOs in the Environment category in recognition of its efforts to provide 300,000 farmers with access to water.
The Social Impact Awards honour - and thus publicise - the activities of people and organisations who battle enormous odds to change the lives of disadvantaged people for the better. The Awards focus on initiatives to improve people’s education, healthcare and livelihoods as well as work towards saving the environment and empowering people.
ADR, a Hivos partner since 2009, is a national-level NGO that works toward increased transparency and accountability of electoral and political systems in India. By publicising information on the criminal, educational and financial records of candidates contesting elections, ADR has made political parties increasingly aware of the need for internal and external accountability. There are now fewer candidates with serious criminal offences contesting and winning elections.
In the aftermath of the Delhi gang rape in December 2012, ADR made headlines when it revealed that at least 20 men from various parties accused of rape have run for political office in India over the past five years. Their report noted that 260 men charged with committing other crimes against women, including molestation, had also run for office.