Major Milestones in the Journey of COVA
- Control and prevention of riots in Hyderabad
- Introduced the concept and practice of Rights based work and launched initiatives to transform the political agenda of the old city of Hyderabad from communal to development through Citizens Assertion Campaign and promotion of governance from grassroots.
- Formed networks of civil society organisations in 9 districts of Andhra Pradesh to promote collaborations between different communities and secure social harmony
- Formed Welfare Trusts in three districts of Andhra Pradesh to promote use of Zakat and philanthropic donations to finance micro enterprises to make people self-reliant and empower the poor
- Collaboration with religious leaders of all faiths through the Interfaith Forum to promote proper understanding and amity between different communities and deescalate tensions during times of conflicts and riots.
- Enlistment of religious leaders and priests to promote responsible citizenship including awareness programs on governance from grassroots and HIV/AIDS through their weekly sermons in Mosques, Churches, Temples and Satsangs.
– Initiation of Networks of organisations from different communities for communal harmony in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir
– Peace initiatives in Jammu & Kashmir
– Relief and Rehabilitation for 6000 families in Kashmir post- 2005 earthquake
– Promotion of Peace Initiatives with Pakistan
– Promotion of People to People Contacts in South Asia through Centre for People’s Foreign Policy in South Asia
– Proposal for ‘MDGs Plus Frame” for the attainment of Millennium Development Goals through the Post 2015 Process..
– Proposal for GECS (GDP, Equality, Conflict and Sustainability) Audit to attain holistic, sustainable and just development.
Major Activities: Timeline
1994: Celebrating 125th Gandhi Jayanti – Preparation of Photo Exhibition and a documentary film on the contributions of common people to the Freedom Movement of India
1997: Festival of the Subcontinent: Joint Celebration of 50 years of independence by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh on August 14-15, 1997. Events were organized in 50 cities across the globe
1997-2000: IPP VIII: Mobilisation and Training of 1100 Women Link Volunteers in old city of Hyderabad to ensure and monitor quality health services at Urban Health Posts.
1999: Initiation of economic empowerment programs for women in Andhra Pradesh through vocational training and entrepreneurship
2000: Economic empowerment of women through promotion of more than 50 Thrift Cooperatives promoted and strengthened in Hyderabad and 9 districts of Andhra Pradeshreaching out to 60,000 women.
2001: Training of women Corporators from 6 districts of Andhra Pradesh in “Effective Participation as Elected Representatives”.
2002: Human Chain, 15th March 2002, that prevented communal outbreak in Hyderabad
2003: Global Vigils for Peace against war posturing between India and Pakistan
2004: Partners in Victory- Flags for Peace Campaign during which thousands of flags of both India and Pakistan were distributed to the spectators in the stadiums to bring amity during India-Pakistan cricket matches that were played in Pakistan after a gap of 14 years
2004: Visit of Parliamentarians from Pakistan to India to break the deadlock after the attack on the Indian Parliament
2004: Anti War Assembly, against the US attack on Iraq
2004: Formation of PUCAAR (Peoples Union for Civic Action and Rights)
2005: Signature Campaign for Improvement of Government Schools leading to sanction of Rs.5 crores by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to schools in Hyderabad.
2005: Collaborated in Peace March from Delhi to Multan: 23rd March 2005 to 11th May 2005
2005: No! No!! Campaign!!! to protest the purchase of F16 and F18 Fighter Jets by India and Pakistan from America.
2005: Kashmir Earthquake Relief and Rehabilitation Project- Covered 6000 families for relief and constructed 195 houses for the most vulnerable in the quake affected areas.
2000-07: Annual Low Cost Science Exhibitions for 7 consecutive years setting a trend for others in the old city of Hyderabad.
2007: Formation of Bandhan, the State level federation of district networks in Andhra Pradesh
2008: Formation of Forum for Improvement of Government Schools
2008: Formation of COVA-Kasturba Gandhi Peace Centre.
2008: After the bomb blasts in Mecca Masjid, participated in the Enquiry Committee of the State Minorities Commission, instituted by the Government of A.P. that led to the release of 100 youth of the old city areas of Hyderabad who were falsely implicated by the police in the bomb blasts.
2009: Indo-Pak Joint Signature Campaign and Exchange of Peace Delegations against terrorism and war posturing.
2009: Formation of ICAN – Indian Children Action Network.
2009: Launch of HIV / AIDS awareness campaign through religious leaders in temples, mosques and churches.
2009-10: As part of Election Watch A.P. worked for the prevention of mal- practices during Parliamentary, Assembly and Municipal Elections.
2010: In collaboration with other civil society organizations, obtained stay order and interim order from the High Court of A.P. for the protection of Golconda Fort and its surrounding areas from violations by the Golf Course under the National Heritage Monuments Act.
2010: Initiatives in Kashmir for peace and normalcy during the summer turmoil of 2010. Proposed the idea of and facilitated the visit of Indian Parliamentarians for meeting Huriat leaders in October 2010 that ensured peace in the Valley ever since.
2010: Participated in the Mumbai to Lahore Peace March
2010: Initiated the concept and process for Peace and Equity Audit in Development Planning. Proposal submitted to the Planning Commission, Government of India.
2011: Appealed in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh against assigning census work to school teachers during school hours and obtained a favourable order from the High Court.
2011: Participated in the Indian Peace Delegation to Pakistan that met the Prime Minister of Pakistan, parliamentarians, policy makers, activists and people to promote understanding and normalization of relations
2011: Repeat of Partners in Victory- Flags for Peace Campaign- during the World Cup Semi Finals at Mohali where thousands of flags of both India and Pakistan were distributed to the spectators to promote cordial atmosphere in the stadium that cheered good cricket!
2011: Youth Parliament organised by COVA deliberated on the Issue of Lokpal Bill and for the first time proposed inclusion of corporate corruption in the ambit of Lokpal Bill that was endorsed by some others and became part of the general debate
2011: Childrens Activism: Introduced school students of Hyderabad to the principles and practice of Social Activism. Now students of 100 schools are engaged in addressing social issues and community outreach programs.
2012: Launch of Citizens Assertion Campaign to secure governance from grassroots through activation of Area Sabhas and Ward Committees. Obtained directions form the High Court of Andhra Pradesh for conduct of regular meetings of Area Sabhas and Ward Committees in response to a Writ Petition filed by COVA and others.
2012: Proposed the Concept of MDG Plus for the Post 2015 Process for the attainment of Millennium Development Goals.
2012: Advocacy Campaign with Parliamentarians for reforms in Tax Regime through increase in direct taxes and laws to check tax evasion through Double Taxation Treaties.
2013: Initiated COVA Financial Inclusion Facilitation Centre to promote bank linkages and secure loans for the poor and marginalised.
2013: Proposed the concept of GEPS (GDP, Equity, Peace and Sustainability) Audit to the Planning Commission of India and for the G20 Process.