What We Do

Nidan completes 18 years of its commencement in 2014. Over this period, Nidan organized thousands of workers and built their capacities. This process of organization faced enumerable hurdles and challenges, which were overcome by collective strength of the members. Over the last 18 years Nidan has expanded its work from the grassroots in the villages of Bihar to several states of the country. Apart from Bihar, Nidan is working in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi/NCR. Nidan wants to engage and facilitate process and practices for the social and economic improvement, empowerment of Informal economy worker, Women & Children.

Nidan organises informal workers into legal entities such as associations, cooperatives, Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and even small businesses, thus greatly increasing their bargaining power vis-à-vis the state and the private sector.  Nidan further acts like an umbrella, under which various entities are nurtured to be able to access financial services (savings, loans, insurance, pension, etc.), legal services and education for members’ children.

Nidan has promoted almost twenty institutions in all, including the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), a member-based organization now active in twenty two states, as well as  collective enterprises of rag pickers, jute workers, craftspersons, home-based workers, rural landless workers, and the like. The workers own these institutions and remain at the forefront of all negotiations and decision-making.

The average incubation period for a Nidan institution to become independent and achieve sustainability is roughly seven years. Programs launched by Nidan have brought together 500,000 workers from the informal sector and positioned them as legitimate competitors in markets opening up throughout the country.

Nidan primary focused on following interventions:

1. Livelihood – Urban & Rural
2. Social Security & Legal Aid
3. Financial Inclusion
4. Health- Preventive/Curative/Occupational Health
5. Sanitation
6. Child Rights- special focus on Education & Child labour
7. Renewal Energy
8. Collective Enterprises
9. Human Resource Development
10. Advocacy

To evaluate ourselves, we finalized following Indicators of providing benefits to informal workers and their children:

1. Organizing
2. Access to Financial Services
3. Govt. notified Identity Proof
4. Encourage gainful economic activity
5. Linkage with any social security scheme
6. Children in the age of 6-14 in school
7. Access to Pre School (ECCD)
8. No cases of Malnourishment
9. Access to safe water
10. No cases of open defecation
11. Renewal energy to those houses using kerosene or Diesel or any
other sources for light

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