Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) gather outside Middle School Harka in Sitamarhi district, India, to discuss community issues. © Paula Bronstein/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment
Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) gather outside Middle School Harka in Sitamarhi district, India, to discuss community issues. © Paula Bronstein/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment

South Asia Learning Collaborative

The South Asia Social Norms Learning Collaborative is a consortium that aims to build a network of researchers, implementers, donors and others interested in working on social norms in Asia. Project Concern International (PCI), India, and the Centre for Social Behavior Change (CSBC), Ashoka University, have collaborated to host the Secretariat of this pioneering collaborative. The vision of this initiative is to create a Learning Collaborative to advance normative change in South Asia and allow its members and affiliates to strengthen and build capacity to improve social development programming.

Objectives

The objectives of this initiative are to:  

  • Share state-of-the-art social norms evidence, approaches and resources;
  • Strengthen connections among researchers, implementers and donors to generate evidence;
  • Improve practice towards use of social norms;
  • Build capacity among local implementers to improve gender and social norms programming.

This Learning Collaborative seeks to facilitate collaboration between organisations and individuals working to shift norms in the domains of health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and gender. Members of this Collaborative will work collectively to build knowledge and tools to promote and guide effective social norm theory, measurement, and practice. As a programme, the Collaborative is also expected to foster opportunities to advance understanding of social norms - what are those, how to measure them, how those norms influence behaviour and how to scale-up normative interventions that show promise. 
 

 
 

Fast facts

Hosted by: Project Concern International, India and Centre for Social and Behaviour Change, Ashoka University 
Founded in: 2021 
Funded by:  The Passages Project, by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Geographic area: India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan 
Sector focus: Health, Nutrition, WASH, Gender 

Key contacts 

Questions about the South Asia Learning Collaborative? Please contact:
Shweta Naik Bankar, CSBC, Sr. Research Fellow
Sharmistha Chakraborty, Sr. Manager - Knowledge Management, Advocacy & Communication, PCI 
General email for South Asia Learning Collaborative

 

 
 

Get involved

The SALC provides many opportunities to get involved, depending on your interest and availability, and we invite you and your colleagues to join. Simply email us to join the South Asia Learning Collaborative.

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