Enakshi Ganguly

Ashoka Fellow
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Fellow Since 2003


This profile was prepared when Enakshi Ganguly was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
In India, there exists a huge gap between stated commitments to children's rights–namely, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (ratified by India in 1992) and the Constitution of India–and actual practice in implementation of rights-based programs, both governmental and nongovernmental. Understanding that rights are indivisible and inalienable and that they cut across sectors and issues, Enakshi is working with policymakers, planners, nongovernment organizations, campaigns, and alliances to develop a pressure mechanism that will ensure the changes she wants to see. A principal component is the effective use of analysis and monitoring of government expenditure at the state and the national levels, the performance of both elected representatives in parliament and the judiciary. The plan is then to use these to influence government decisions about the allocation of resources to children, law, programs, and policy.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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