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National Workshop for Child Care Campaign, June 29-30, 2016, Seminar Room 1 and 2, Kamaladevi Block, IIC, New Delhi


National Workshop on Setting an Agenda for Advocacy April 18-19, 2016, YMCA Tourist hostel, 1, Jai Sigh Road, New Delhi


FORCES Core Group Meeting, 03-07-2015, CWDS, New Delhi

 Odisha state consultation on ECCD at CYSD, Bhubaneswar on April 5, 2015


FORCES orientation workshop on ICDS mission and ECCD at VF seminar hall, Lucknow on December 23-24, 2014


Core group meet to discuss FORCES action plan, November 7-8, 2014, Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi

State consultation on ECCD, December 22, 2014 at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan, Lucknow


Perspective building of NGO partners on ECCD / ICDS etc. and expansion of network in U.P.
-          U.P. FORCES Perspective building Regional Workshop I , October 13- 15, Varanasi
-          Workshop II- Youth Hostel, Sanjay Place, Agra, November 10-12 , 2014


FORCES meeting &Workshop on Strengthening Advocacy Goal, June 10-12, 2014, Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi


Capacity building workshop on Research Methodology and Project Management , February 26- March 1, 2014, ILD, Jaipur


FORCES working group meeting November 28-29, 2013, Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, Chankyapuri, New Delhi


Meeting with state partners on FORCES Action Plan and Strategies for Advocacy , July 26 & 27, 2012 at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi


National Workshop on ‘Formulation of State Action Plan and its Framework’ on April 30 to May 2, 2012 at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi

Meeting to discuss the Draft National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Policy took place on May 2, 2012 at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi


Third Capacity Building Workshop on ‘Use of Advocacy Tools and Development of Plan of Action’ was held on May 4-6, 2012 at HIMAD Training Center, Gopeshwar, Chamoli, Uttarakhad


Second Capacity Building Workshop on ‘Understanding Young Child within the framework of Law, Policy, Programme and Identification of Advocacy Issues at National and State Level’ for FORCES partners will be organized on February 6-9, 2012 at CINI, Monobitan, Kolkata


National Consultation on FORCES operational Plan at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi, February 15-17, 2011


Northern Regional Consultation on FORCES operational Plan at Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra, Lucknow, November 15-16, 2010


Eastern Regional Consultation on FORCES operational Plan at Social Development Centre, Ranchi, September 28-29, 2010


Capacity building workshop on Early Childhood Care and Development, Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra, Lucknow, October 30– November 1, 2009

National Convention on 20 years of FORCES , India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi, 21 April, 2009

District Level Advocacy and Sharing Meetings


Odisha block level Gram Panchayat meeting at Dhenkanal on April 8, 2015


Madhya Pradesh block level meeting at Vidisha, April 29, 2015


Uttarakhand FORCES Orientation workshop May 18, 2015, Advani Dharamshala, , Rishikesh


Meeting with Panchayat and Community at Block Lunkaransar, Bikaner, Rajasthan, April 2014


Meeting with FORCES, U.P. at Lucknow and Gram Panchayat of Barabanti, February, 2014


Madhupur, Devghar, Jharkhand, May 20, 2011


Ramgarh, Jharkhand, March 28, 2011


Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, March 10, 2011


Agra, Uttar Pradesh, March 8, 2011


Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, February 8, 2011


Simdega, Jharkhand, January 29, 2011


Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, January 12, 2011


Banda, Uttar Pradesh, December 31, 2010


Lohardaga, Jharkhand, December 18, 2010


Gumla, Jharkhand, December 12, 2010

Meetings with State Chapters
i)  ICDS Social Audit


Lucknow, 19 January, 2010


Jharkhand, 29 January, 2010

ii)  NREGA


Madhya Pradesh, 9-13 May, 2010


Gurgaon, Haryana, Delhi, 25 June, 2010


Orissa, 12-16 December, 2009
iii)  State Level Advocacy Meetings

Workshop at MCM, Bhopal, 25 June 2014
  Varanasi- 16th June 2014

Haridwar- 3rd June

Ranchi workshop, 30th may 2014

FORCES Advocacy workshop, Patna 21st May 2014

FORCES Advocacy workshop , Lucknow , 19th May 2014


Sharing Meeting, Lucknow, 22 June, 2010


Sharing Workshop, Ranchi, 17 June, 2010


Sharing Meeting, Shimla, 10 June, 2010


Sharing Meeting, Dehradun, 8 June, 2010

Media Workshop on ECCD and Status of Young Child


Lucknow, 29 May, 2009


Jaipur, 27 May, 2009


Guwahati, 24 March, 2009


Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, 2007


New Delhi, 19-20 June, 2006
Conferences/ Consultations
Consultations on the Status of the Young Child in India


Regional Consultation on Building Consensus on ECCD Policy, Comprehensive Legislation on ECCE and Anganwadi-cum-Crèche campaign, Hotel Suryansh, Bhubaneshwar, 3-4 December 2012


North-East Regional Consultation, IIBM, Guwahati, 23-24 March, 2009
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National Consultation, IIC, New Delhi, 24 February, 2009 
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Southern Regional Consultation, Asha Nivas, Chennai, 11-12 April, 2008
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Eastern Regional Consultation, Social Development Centre, Ranchi, 12-13 March, 2008
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Northern Regional Consultation, Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra, Lucknow, 18-19 February, 2008
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Consultation on ECCD, June 2006


Consultation on Declining Sex Ratio, 2006


Consultation on ECCD, June 2005


National Consultation on Declining Sex Ratio, August 2005


National Consultation on Strengthening ECCD, June 2004
State Level Consultations

Madhya Pradesh- Bhopal, Vidisha meetingt, April 29-30, 2015

Chandauli – Chahniya visit- March 25-27, 2015

Odisha – baramba & Dhenkanal - April 5-9, 2015

Patna & Jharkhand- February 16-19, 2015


Rajasthan Consultation, State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Jaipur, 26 May, 2009


Shimla Workshop, Agricultural Co-operative State Training Institute (ACSTI), Shangti, Shimla,

22 June, 2008


Planning Meeting in Context of CRC Report, ISI, Delhi, 19 December, 2007



Alternate Report on the Status of Young Child for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

FORCES has been actively participating in evolving the Alternative Citizen’s Report to be presented at the UN Child Rights Convention as it has been observed that the issue of Early Childhood Care and Development is relatively marginalized in the context of reporting under CRC. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most widely ratified convention in UN history. It covers all children under the age of eighteen years, regardless of sex, colour, language, religion or region. India ratified the CRC in 1992. Every State-party must report its national performance to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The next CRC performance report is due in 2009.In this context, FORCES has also prepared a draft report on the Status of the Young Child in India.

The themes of the report have been selected based on the concluding observations of the periodic report of CRC. The Committee had expressed its concern at the decrease of funds allocated by the Government of India (GOI) to social services. The GOI expenditure (Plan and non-Plan) on social sectors (health, education and family welfare, water supply, sanitation, etc.) as a ratio of total expenditure had then marginally decreased from 11.26% in 1997-98 to 10.72% in 2000-01. The Committee expressed serious concern at the unavailability and/or inaccessibility of free, high-quality primary health care, the slow decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), the worsening of Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), the Low immunization rate, high incidence of low birth weight babies, the high number of children with stunting, wasting or who are underweight, the prevalence of micro-nutrient deficiencies and the low rate of exclusive breastfeeding. It also voiced its concern at the slow increase of budget allocations for education.

Based on these findings, FORCES decided to develop its report on the issues of programme /policies, health and nutrition, early education, budget analysis and the issue of girl child in area of declining child sex ratio. Our review of ECCD involves a survey of all the available government and official data along with other important secondary literature on the subject. This report is an outcome of various consultations, organized by FORCES at the regional level held in Lucknow, Ranchi, Chennai and Guwahati. A draft report was also shared at the National consultation in Delhi.




Assessment of Child care services under NREGA

The other programme initiated by FORCES as part of research and advocacy is a study on An Assessment of child care services under National Rural employment Guarantee Act. NREGA is the only Act in the country that legalizes support for childcare (for children under six) in the unorganized sector, by including the provision for crèches and availability of safe drinking water in it. With effect from April 2008, NREGA is perhaps the largest public employment programme of its kind in the world covering more than 500 rural districts of this country. FORCES as a national network, committed to the survival and development of the young child and women working in the informal sector, feels that it is important for this act to succeed and most of these issues have to be addressed. In doing so, the provision of crèche at work site, employment of a helper/ Dai, access to drinking water and medical facilities and even the use of child labour at work sites would be thoroughly probed.

FORCES is collaborating with state partners and conducting this study in three states viz Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan.


Status of the Young Child in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, 2005
Action Research
  Situational analysis of PRIs role in implementing ICDS mission - an action study in eight states of India


Situational Analysis of PRIs role in ICDS, 2013-14


In Depth Intervention on ICDS was conducted 200 Anganwadi Centers in 10 districts of 4 states. These states are Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan

Social audit of ICDS/ ECCD in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh




  FORCES is an advocacy network which is committed to the survival, protection and holistic development of the young child