CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

New Delhi, India

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ABOUT

The mission of Centre for Civil Society is to advance social change through public policy. Its work in education, livelihood, and policy training promotes choice and accountability across the private and public sectors. It aims to translate policy into practice, and the staff engages with policy and opinion leaders through research, pilot projects and advocacy. Its vision is that each individual leads a life of choice in personal, economic, and political spheres, and that every institution is accountable.

Major programs for this organization include: School Choice Campaign; Jeevika Campaign; Centre for Civil Society Academy

IN THE NEWS

CCS PAVES WAY FOR EASE OF DOING BUSINESS REFORM IN INDIA

The New Delhi-based Centre for Civil Society (CCS) has been recognized, for its work reducing barriers to prosperity and opportunity in India, as the winner of Atlas Network’s $50,000 Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform (LIFE) Award. CCS has been driving a public dialogue on the improvement of India’s competitiv...

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A LOOK BACK AT 2017’S REGIONAL LIBERTY AWARDS

Made possible by a generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation, Atlas Network brings together friends of the worldwide freedom movement in Regional Liberty Forums to learn from one another how to effectively advance free societies, the rule of law, free enterprise, and protections of private property.

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CCS EDUDOC FILM CONTEST FOSTERS COLLABORATION, COMPETITION

The Centre for Civil Society (CCS), an Atlas Network partner based in New Delhi, fosters such a collaborative and competitive free society with its EduDoc: Stories of Education International Short Film Competition, this year occurring on November 12. The competition features videos under 5 minutes that highlight the many solutio...

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CCS CASE STUDY SHOWS SUCCESS IN REMOVING BARRIERS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

India long has been known for its Permit Raj, also known as the Licensing Raj, which makes it difficult to establish a legal business and pushes many people into the informal economy. Indeed, more than 90 percent of Indians, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the nation’s GDP, work outside of the law. Street vendors play a sign...

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NEW ECONOMIC SCHOOL CREATES AN OASIS OF FREE INQUIRY IN CAUCASUS REGION

It’s easy for Westerners to take it for granted that they’ll always have access to peaceful, safe forums in which to discuss ideas — but some regions of the world are more hostile to free and open intellectual discussions. That’s why events like the IX International Summer School on Liberty, Law, and Economics in Bakuriani, Geor...

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REDUCING BUSINESS COSTS IN INDIA REQUIRES CONTINUAL VIGILANCE

The best entrepreneurial ideas are all pointless if an impenetrable bureaucracy stands in the way of bringing those ideas to market. India has made remarkable strides in the past two decades in overcoming the socialist planning bureaucracy that crippled the country for so long, but a web of regulation and licensing still surroun...

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MONITORING CHALLENGES TO DOING BUSINESS IN INDIA

India has made remarkable strides in the past two decades in overcoming the socialist planning bureaucracy that crippled the country for so long, but there’s a long way left to go. India is currently ranked in 130th place among 189 nations on the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business 2015 Index, and is near last on the list for ke...

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JEEVIKA DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS ENTREPRENEURIAL OBSTACLES IN ASIA

The web of regulation and licensing that governments tend to weave around all forms of economic activity impede opportunity and growth at every turn — but nobody is harmed more than those at the bottom rungs of the economic ladder. That’s why India-based Atlas Network partner Centre for Civil Society (CCS) sponsors the annual Je...

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THE FREE-MARKET TRAVELER: NEW DELHI’S THINK TANKS TO FOLLOW

New Delhi, filled with bustling markets and ancient monuments, is a top travel destination for both business and leisure. Serving as the capital of India and known for the world’s largest Hindu temple and the 17th century Red Fort, TripAdvisor listed New Delhi as one of its 2015 picks for “Travelers’ Choice Destinations.” Additi...

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LIBERATING ASIAN ENTERPRISE FOCUSES ON OVERCOMING MARKET OBSTACLES

Asia has become a powerhouse in global markets, a trend that is only expected to grow over time. Asia’s economy contributed almost 40 percent of the world’s productive output in 2014, and accounted for nearly two thirds of global economic growth. Deeper market integration and liberalization in the region is critical to the globa...

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‘INDIA AWAKES’ EXPLAINS A COUNTRY’S RISE FROM POVERTY TO PROSPERITY

What makes the difference between poverty and prosperity? For individuals and families, there could be an endless number of variables, such as health, intelligence, education, initiative, perseverance, community, or opportunity. At least some circumstances vary widely in every case. When almost an entire society begins to rise f...

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MEASURING AND REDUCING INDIA’S COST OF DOING BUSINESS

The best entrepreneurial ideas are all pointless if an impenetrable bureaucracy stands in the way of bringing those ideas to market. Minimizing the regulatory cost of doing business is one of the most crucial steps on the road to a thriving economy, enabling people to meet each other’s needs and create new value through market t...

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ENVISIONING LAW WITHOUT THE STATE IN INDIA

In order to take the steps necessary to achieve a truly free society, it’s important to envision how that society would work in practice. One of the world’s foremost libertarian theorists, David D. Friedman, recently visited India for a series of lectures hosted by Atlas Network partner the Centre for Civil Society (CCS), along...

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THREE KEY TRENDS IN THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM IN INDIA

Parth Shah, founding president of Atlas Network partner the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in New Delhi, shared with the Atlas Network team a sneak peek into his upcoming Trendsetters NYC talk about eliminating threats to freedom in India. CCS advances social change in India through public policy, and its work in education, live...

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NEW BOOK FROM RENOWNED INDIAN ECONOMIST EXPLAINS HOW TRADE REDUCES POVERTY

Perhaps the single most important factor in lifting developing nations out of poverty is the ability to trade freely with the rest of the world, allowing capital to move to its most productive uses and supplying low-skilled workers with new productive opportunity. A new book from renowned economist Deepak Lal, Poverty and Progre...

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ATLAS NETWORK PARTNERS SELECTED FOR LEVERAGING INDICES GRANT

To achieve tangible, real-world impact in the think tank world, measuring the outcomes and results of our work is a key ingredient of the equation. In order advance this goal, Atlas Network has proposed using reputable international rankings or indices and then objectively assessing the results of think tanks’ work as they try t...

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NEW WEBSITE HOSTS LIBRARY OF CLASSICAL LIBERAL THOUGHT IN INDIA

India has a rich tradition of classical liberal thought, and Atlas Network partner Centre for Civil Society (CCS) launched a new website on Jan. 17 at the first annual Asia Students for Liberty Conference. The project aims to revive these ideas and bring them to greater prominence in India’s modern political world.

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BOLLYWOOD CELEBS SUPPORT THINK TANK’S FILM FEST

In India, informal workers make up 90% of the workforce. They are often forced out of the formal sector due to heavy licensing and regulation policies by the Indian government. Atlas Network partner Centre for Civil Society hosts an annual documentary festival called Jeevika to capture the livelihood challenges faced by the rura...

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FRIENDS OF LEONARD REMINISCE ON THE LIGGIO LEGACY

Leonard P. Liggio, Atlas Network’s long-time executive vice president, passed away on October 14, 2014. It’s been very touching to see the outpouring of affection following his death. We knew how beloved Leonard was within the freedom movement, but it remains nothing short of awe-inspiring to see so many tributes to his influenc...

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REPEAL 100 LAWS PROJECT

Enthused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call during his election campaign for ‘Minimum Government & Maximum Governance’, three organizations in India launched an initiative to push for the repeal of one hundred burdensome and/or obsolete laws in India. At a speech in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Modi said, “If every...

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EDUPRENEURS SHAPE EDUCATION SECTOR IN INDIA



In India, the Centre for Civil Society (CSS) launched Boondein, a national campaign designed to strengthen the voice of Budget Private Schools, ensuring that children have the opportunity for quality education at an affordable price. The last decade has seen a surge of privately owned schools change the education landscape of I...

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INDIA'S FREEDOM CARAVAN

Freedom is caravanning across India by way of the Centre for Civil Society’s annual “Freedom Caravan” program. Freedom Caravan is an internationally recognized platform for debate and discussion on various issues of social importance; it will visit 11 colleges in five Indian states in July. This year’s theme, “Who creates wealt...

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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN INDIA

The wishful thinking of undergraduate friends rarely yields results so fruitful as the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in India. D. Dhanuraj, chairman of the CPPR and his seven friends were still undergraduates when they started the organization in 2004 with the help of the Centre for Civil Society, both of which are At...

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WHAT TO MAKE OF MODI: INDIA’S ELECTION ANALYSIS

D. Dhanuraj and Rahul V. Kumar of Centre for Public Policy Research in India analyze the biggest-ever election in world history with 815 million eligible voters. In their AtlasOne article, they discuss the landslide victory of India's Prime Minister-elect, Narendra Modi.

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INDIA INSTITUTE TRACKS UNLICENSED SCHOOL SHUT DOWNS

In 2009, India's new Right to Education Act caught the attention of school choice advocates around the world. Its language guaranteed widespread opportunities for parents to choose private schools using public funds. Local champions of choice were cautiously optimistic, however, warning that the full promise of the law would hin...

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