Misaal, with the support of many like-minded organisations, launched the ‘Misaal Fellowship: Youth for Inclusive Development’ programme in January 2015 to support a nation-wide network of youth activists working with the poorest Muslim communities in the poorest minority concentrated districts.
Under the fellowship, we work towards training, capacity building, networking and advocacy support for fellows and the local communities.
The idea is to make Misaal fellows work not only in thematic sectors but, more importantly, encourage them to build institutional capacities of local communities to enhance awareness about their rights and services, mobilise and organise the community to undertake collective actions for demanding the rights, and work across sectors to enhance opportunities for the local communities to improve their lives.
Misaal fellows were identified in various parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi over the course of a few months. Finally, the first batch of nine Misaal fellows was launched in Delhi in April 2015, followed by an induction and training programme. We plan to work with the fellows over the period of this year.
The year 2016 onwards, we hope to expand our footprint to other minority concentrated districts. Eventually, we will see a Misaal fellow acting as a role model for grassroots activism for poor communities in each district of the country.