Networking for Responsible Citizenship and Global Peace
COVA is a national network of over 700 organisations working for communal harmony, peace and social justice. COVA works with women, children, youth and professionals from different sections and communities on the issues of peace, communal harmony, women’s empowerment, child rights, youth advancement, education, health, financial inclusion, environment, compassionate citizenship and responsible activism, natural disasters and man-made conflicts like communal riots.
COVA was initiated in 1995 with a membership of 8 community- based organisations to address the issue of communal conflicts and riots in the old city areas of Hyderabad. COVA has promoted networks and organisations for communal harmony in Hyderabad, nine districts of Andhra Pradesh, Saharanpur (U.P.) Kolkotta (West Bengal) and Jammu & Kashmir. COVA had facilitated the formation and growth of 16 networks, 5 trusts, 3 cooperatives, 2 societies, 5 organisations and 2 peoples’ movements – all dedicated to the cause of promoting communal harmony and community empowerment.
The range of activities of COVA include programs at the grassroots, networking of organisations and institutions at the local, state, national and international levels, research, trainings, advocacy and policy interventions.
In 2015 and 2016 COVA was able to initiate Six Game Changers in the fields of:
1. Peace and conflict management through launch of COFI (Countering Online Fanatic Indoctrination) networks in 9 countries of South Asia and Far East to check hate campaigns in social media to promote understanding and peace;
2. Twelve Strategic Recommendations to promote MSMEs in Brick Economics for mass employment generation to enable youth to become positive contributors to social well being;
3. Financial Inclusion of the Poor through access to bank loans;
4. People’s Participation in Governance Processes to strengthen democracy and ensure equitable development for all;
5. Initiatives for Access to Education to Poor Students in Private Schools and;
6. Transforming Philanthropy from Charity to Empowerment to transform the perspectives of individuals to use their donations to support organisations to access thousands of crores / millions that are available for the poor through government schemes for scholarships, bank loans, healthcare and other poverty elevation programs but are not being utilized due to absence of proper mechanisms. The best way to help the poor and eliminate poverty! This is indeed possible!! To know how, please see the Section on Game Changers!!!