About Us

Our Approach

FLAIR is a voluntary organisation working nation-wide across India to create, nurture and operate spaces for learning and action, where all stakeholders work together in the true spirit of partnership. We work to promote the best interests of marginalized groups and societies. FLAIR is unique in the sense that our reach ranges from the grassroots CBOs and Social Movements to Multilateral Corporations, UN Bodies and Governments, wherein we understand and share our perspectives from the local to the global level.

We focus on the continuous enhancement of our own capacities, facilitating better engagement with our partners, and to ensure that our work stays relevant at all times. We work with strong values of integrity, transparency, and accountability, providing customized and need-specific inputs to our partners and target communities. Innovation and Rigour are our cross cutting core values in everything that we do.

What We Do?

Intervention Areas
  • Innovative ICT Tools & Applications for Social Development
  • Analysis of Government Budgets from Human Rights perspective
  • Development projects on
    (a) Health and Nutrition,
    (b) Education,
    (c) Agriculture and Environment,
    (d) Skills Enhancement and Livelihoods, with ICT Interface
  • CSR Policy and Programme on the 4 thematic areas
Policy and Media Advocacy
  • Policy Analysis and write-ups
  • Media articles and messages
  • Engagement with the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary
Capacity Building
  • Rights Based Approach and Programming
  • Budget Analysis of Government Budgets from Human Rights perspective and Advocacy
  • Organisation Development
  • Participatory Research & Development
  • Skill Development for Employment
  • Behaviour Change Communication
  • Social Compliance Management Systems
  • Development of Training Modules and Manuals
Research
  • Baseline Studies/ Benchmark Studies
  • Cost effectiveness Studies
  • Costing and Budget Analysis – Public Finance
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Studies
  • Impact Assessment Studies
  • Knowledge Attitude and Practice (KAP) Studies
  • Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRAs) Studies
  • Citizen Report Card Studies
  • User satisfaction studies
  • Social Audits
  • Nutritional Assessment

How We Do?

Programme Intervention

Our forays programme implementation in the social development sector are focused on intervention that have an interface with Technology. We work to build innovative models that can be scaled up and mainstreamed/adopted through Public Programmes. We work on the dimensions of

(a) Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

(b) Child Education and Child Protection,

(c) Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Environment, and

(d) Skills Development and Livelihoods

Overall Approach

FLAIR is a voluntary organisation working nation-wide across India to create, nurture and operate spaces for learning and action, where all stakeholders work together in the true spirit of partnership. We work to promote the best interests of marginalized groups and societies. FLAIR is unique in the sense that our reach ranges from the grassroots CBOs and Social Movements to Multilateral Corporations, UN Bodies and Governments, wherein we understand and share our perspectives from the local to the global level.

We focus on the continuous enhancement of our own capacities, facilitating better engagement with our partners, and to ensure that our work stays relevant at all times. We work with strong values, integrity, transparency, and accountability, providing customized and need-specific inputs to our partners and target communities.

Capacity Building

FLAIR strives to build capacities of CBOs, NGOs and Corporate by providing expertise and hand holding support with a results-based orientation, and equips partners with the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with a wide array of socio-economic development issues across the country and internationally.

Research

FLAIR’s research is guided by its core value of rigour. Our researches are done with clear objectives, which are developed in consultation with all concerned stakeholders. We conduct all our research within the ethical framework towards both – (i) Our clients and partners who are users of the research, and also (ii) The subjects and respondents in the research.

  • Senior Management Team
  • Governing Board
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Ajay Kumar Sinha

Executive Director

Ajay Kumar Sinha is the Founder Secretary and Executive Director of FLAIR – Forum for Learning and Action with Innovation and Rigour. He is Masters in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has publications on public finance and presented them at the University of Oxford and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands. He is actively working towards connecting the local socio-political processes with the legislative processes in the Legislative Assemblies and the Parliament of India. His areas of specialisation are public policy, public finance and governance.

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Somnath Chakraborty

Director - Marketing

Somnath Chakraborty has more than 15 Yrs of work Experience in the education industry as trainers and strategist and leader of marketing function. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of “People Serve Consulting (India)” heading the Business Acquisition and Operations of the various educational Projects. He is graduate in Environment Sciences and Post Graduate in Computer Sciences. He has Post Graduate Diploma in Advance Computing from C-DAC.

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Soni Prabha

HR, Admin and Finance

Soni Prabha is a Civil Engineer with specialisation in environmental engineering. She has experience of working with government departments on rural road engineering. Currently she is working to develop a model of E-Waste Management that involves households, housing societies and markets.

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Vinay Krishna

Director –Information Technology

Vinay Krishna is a Change Agent, Software Craftsman, Programmer, Consultant and Trainer. He has 16 years of rigorous work experience on software product development. Past 9 years he has been practicing Scrum, XP, Lean, Agile, TDD, BDD, Refactoring, Clean Code, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, DevOps. He is doing research in the field of Software architecture. So far his 10+ papers have been published in various international journals and conference proceedings. His two papers are translated in Chinese language by scrum network at China. Vinay is also managing Agile Bangalore user group. He served as a Secretary and Management Committee member of Computer Society of India (CSI), Bangalore Chapter. He has been part of organizing team of several international conferences. He is Volunteer speaker at CSI and gives tech talk/guest lectures in Agile, XP, Scrum, Lean, OOAD and Software Architecture at prestigious engineering colleges/universities and different organizations. In leisure time, love to develop mobile applications to help society, so far developed 7+ very successful mobile apps in healthcare, news and entertainment category which are widely in use. Few of them are voice based. Developed Voice Integrated Browser (VIB) and got 2nd position at Young IT Professional Award (YITPA-2012) at Region level conducted by Computer Society of India (CSI) and this app came in top 40 app idea out of 257 unique organizations applied across 53 countries at Standard Chartered, US (Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund) initiative at Global level in 2013.

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Shweta Verma

Senior Adviser – Strategy and Networking

Shweta Verma is a social work professional working with the framework of mental health, human rights and inclusive development in India. Since 2002, she has been involved in capacity building, program review and design, service delivery, advocacy and research. She has been a faculty with Department of Social Work, University of Delhi. She has experience in training on the following themes - Impact of Violence on women, Rights of people with disability and aligning with UNCRPD, Mental health interventions for survivors of human trafficking, Integration of engendered Mental Health Interventions into Prevention, Care and Support Services for People living with HIV/AIDS, and Psychosocial aspects of a Disaster’s impact, assessment and interventions.Her PhD focuses on themes of resilence, gender & conflict

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Mani Kant Bhusan

Senior Adviser, Technology and Social Development

Mani Kant Bhusan is a Chartered Engineer (Electrical). He is empanelled with the Ministry of Renewable Energy, Government of India for signing BOM for Excise and Custom Exemption. He is an expert on Renewable Energy Solutions for Sustainable Development and has more than fifteen years of industry experience with organisations like Areva and Schneider.

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Prof. Abdul Matin

President

Prof. Abdul Matin is Chairman of Department of Sociology, Aligarh Muslim University. He is Ph.D. from University of Toronto and M. Phil. From Delhi School of Economics. He is Visiting Faculty and Project Adviser - India: Culture and Development / Sustainable Development / Health and Human Rights, SIT, Study Abroad (Vermont, USA) since 2008. He has been Professor-cum-Director at Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. He is Chief Editor - Journal of Exclusion Studies (Bi-Annual) Print ISSN: 2231-4547; Online ISSN: 2231-4555. His areas of specialisation are - Research Methodology, Agrarian Social Structure, Globalization, Social Movements, Sociology of Health and Ethnicity.

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Ajay Kumar Sinha

Secretary

Ajay Kumar Sinha is the Founder Secretary and Executive Director of FLAIR – Forum for Learning and Action with Innovation and Rigour. He is Masters in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has publications on public finance and presented them at the University of Oxford and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands. He is actively working towards connecting the local socio-political processes with the legislative processes in the Legislative Assemblies and the Parliament of India. His areas of specialisation are public policy, public finance and governance.

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Vinay Krishna

Joint Secretary

Vinay Krishna is a Change Agent, Software Craftsman, Programmer, Consultant and Trainer. He has 16 years of rigorous work experience on software product development. Past 9 years he has been practicing Scrum, XP, Lean, Agile, TDD, BDD, Refactoring, Clean Code, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, DevOps. He is doing research in the field of Software architecture. So far his 10+ papers have been published in various international journals and conference proceedings. His two papers are translated in Chinese language by scrum network at China. Vinay is also managing Agile Bangalore user group. He served as a Secretary and Management Committee member of Computer Society of India (CSI), Bangalore Chapter. He has been part of organizing team of several international conferences. He is Volunteer speaker at CSI and gives tech talk/guest lectures in Agile, XP, Scrum, Lean, OOAD and Software Architecture at prestigious engineering colleges/universities and different organizations. In leisure time, love to develop mobile applications to help society, so far developed 7+ very successful mobile apps in healthcare, news and entertainment category which are widely in use. Few of them are voice based. Developed Voice Integrated Browser (VIB) and got 2nd position at Young IT Professional Award (YITPA-2012) at Region level conducted by Computer Society of India (CSI) and this app came in top 40 app idea out of 257 unique organizations applied across 53 countries at Standard Chartered, US (Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund) initiative at Global level in 2013.

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Somnath Chakraborty

Treasurer

Somnath Chakraborty has more than 15 Yrs of work Experience in the education industry as trainers and strategist and leader of marketing function. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of “People Serve Consulting (India)” heading the Business Acquisition and Operations of the various educational Projects. He is graduate in Environment Sciences and Post Graduate in Computer Sciences. He has Post Graduate Diploma in Advance Computing from C-DAC.

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Dr. Raj Bhandari

Mentor

Raj Bhandari is a paediatrician by training and has served the State and the people through both clinical practice and public health policy making and practice. He was one of the persons in India to establish Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres for SAM children. Right now he is one of the spear heads of the efforts on Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition. is a senior expert in Reproductive and Child health, HIV/AIDS, Malnutrition Anemia in Adolescent Girls, Strategic communications and advocacy, etc. During his professional career spanning more than 30 years he has been associated with some of the leading social development and humanitarian agencies including the United Nations, Micronutrient Initiative, Johns Hopkins University, Save the Children to name a few. Dr. Bhandari has several publications and books to his credit. He is the chief mentor of FLAIR.

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Shweta Verma

Member

Shweta Verma is a social work professional working with the framework of mental health, human rights and inclusive development in India. Since 2002, she has been involved in capacity building, program review and design, service delivery, advocacy and research. She has been a faculty with Department of Social Work, University of Delhi. She has experience in training on the following themes - Impact of Violence on women, Rights of people with disability and aligning with UNCRPD, Mental health interventions for survivors of human trafficking, Integration of engendered Mental Health Interventions into Prevention, Care and Support Services for People living with HIV/AIDS, and Psychosocial aspects of a Disaster’s impact, assessment and interventions.Her PhD focuses on themes of resilence, gender & conflict

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Mridusmita Bordoloi

Senior Adviser - Research

Mridusmita Bordoloi is an expert on Indian Consumer Demography and Product markets, Quantitative Analysis of all major survey datasets on Indian socio-economy, Primary survey design, sampling & analysis, and Econometric Modelling with detailed use of STATA & MS Excel. She has completed Executive Program in Business Management from IIM, Calcutta. She is Masters in Economics and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical).

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Soni Prabha

Member

Soni Prabha is a Civil Engineer with specialisation in environmental engineering. She has experience of working with government departments on rural road engineering. Currently she is working to develop a model of E-Waste Management that involves households, housing societies and markets.

Our Mission

FLAIR’s Mission is to promote and engage in processes of participatory learning and action with innovation and rigour, leveraging the benefits of economic and technological development, for ensuring health, nutrition and education of poor, marginalized and vulnerable people and/or communities and ensuring for them a life with equity, justice, liberty and dignity.

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Our Vision

We envision a society that is developing sustainably and where people are participants and beneficiaries in the process of economic and technological development in an equitable manner for ensuring justice, liberty, and dignity.

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Our Values

Accountability
Innovation
Rigour



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OUR WORK

Planning for Billions

At FLAIR we are working on the concept – “Planning for Billions” that analyses the plan and budget of the Union of India and the States. We analyse to find out the following →

  • What are the requirements of planning for programmes/schemes adequate in terms of quantity and appropriate in terms of strategy?
  • Is the money allocated and spent on programmes/schemes adequate to match the requirements in terms of quantity and is the unit cost appropriate in terms of money required to accomplish the task?
  • Are the planning, budgeting and sanctioning/expenditure of money appropriately decentralized for efficient and effective performance of programmes/schemes?
  • Are the systems of monetary control and accountability by people of India and their representatives functioning properly for the government programmes/schemes?
  • What could be appropriate roles of corporate sector for accomplishing the social welfare goals in India?
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Technology and Sustainable Development

As communities develop and grow, they struggle with a variety of complex priorities such as safety and security, efficient delivery of government services, education, and healthcare. FLAIR believes that technology can provide access to resources that help spur social and environmental sustainability, and enhance the quality of life for its constituents.


    Our forays in programme implementation in the social development sector are focused on intervention that have an interface with technology. We work to build innovative models that can be scaled up and mainstreamed/adopted through Public Programmes. We work on the dimensions of →

  • Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Child Education and Child Protection
  • Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Environment
  • Skills Development and Livelihoods
  •   Read more →
Digital Media & Society

FLAIR is involved in both “learning” and “action” on the theme of Digital Media and Society and understands that learning and action are iterative processes. Under this stream of work we do the following →

  • We develop and promote innovative solutions for the cause of society with the help of digital technology. Few of our work on development and promotion of innovative solutions include – “Voice Integrated Browser” (link) and “EzzyPoshan” (link). We are also working to develop a roster system of children of migrant labour in Delhi-NCR, using digital technology so that they can be mainstreamed in regular schools and there learning is ensured in conformity with the RTE Act, 2009.
  • We organize workshops, seminars and conferences on the subject of “Digital Media and Society”. We are organizing a National Conference on “Digital Media and Society” in March 2018. The theme of 2018 is – “Digital Media and Inclusion”. (link to conference website).
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