Global Action on Poverty builds and supports changemaking communities to eradicate poverty.

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On the 85th anniversary of the Dandi March - a movement where Mahatma Gandhi led thousands of Indians to claim their economic and political rights - the first convention of GAP (Global Action on Poverty) took off at Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad, catalyse other leaders on another journey.

The two-day GAP conference, on March 12 and 13, held at Sabarmati Ashram and Gujarat Vidyapeeth, brought together over 200 leaders, activists, entrepreneurs and individuals who shared the passion and ambition to remove poverty on a global scale.

Poverty is a complex issue, reflecting social exclusion, opportunity exclusion and income exclusion, all deeply connected with each other. GAP, recognizing the need for a systemic intervention to impact poverty, was designed along the rails of Learning, Collaboration and Action, to enable impact.


What is the knowledge one needs to achieve one’s goals and does not yet have?
What are capabilities one needs and one does not have?
How will this knowledge be obtained and how will the capabilities be acquired?

Answering these questions were leading stalwarts from the development sector, who as Mentors, were present to inspire,
instigate and invigorate others to pursue their goal to alleviate poverty.

The eight mentors at #GAP2015 were

  • Prof Mohd Yunus(Nobel Laureate), Founder, Grameen Bank in Bangladesh
  • Ela Bhatt, Founder, SEWA
  • Aruna Roy, RTI activist and Founder, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghathan
  • Jean Dreze, Development Economist
  • Madhav Chavan, Co-Founder and CEO, Pratham
  • Harish Hande, Co-Founder, SELCO India
  • Harsh Mandar, Director, Centre for Equity Studies
  • Vijay Mahajan, Founder, BASIX

    Successful projects to change systemic conditions such as poverty must work with several partners, with their own competencies and specific causes they are pursuing.

    Poor collaboration is one of the principal causes of failures of well-intentioned and even very well resourced projects aiming to change systemic conditions. Therefore, GAP aimed at building and strengthening coalitions between people and organizations to create impact.

    + ACTION

    One manages what one measures. Insufficient progress along the rails of Collaboration and Learning will stall the progress along the rail of Action. Therefore GAP incorporated milestones and measures for managing progress along all three rails. Changemakers and Catalysts were invited to write the key milestones along their stories to reach their destination. This helped them learn and determine what next and how, keeping their end goal in mind.


    In a sense, GAP has just begun. We look forward to a year of working together – inspiring, challenging, and reciprocating - with our Mentors, Catalysts and Changemakers. The success of GAP lies in its follow up - on collaborations formed, money raised, knowledge learned, volunteers enrolled, experiments made, actions taken, and so on. We are committed to taking the projects from GAP 2015 to fruition.

    Our vision is to eradicate poverty. We want to democratize poverty eradication by enabling a million+ Changemakers creating a positive socio-economic impact, directly or indirectly on people living below the poverty line.


    DAY 1


    DAY 01 - 12th MARCH 2015
    Bus Leaves for Sabarmati Ashram

    8:00 AM


    Symbolic commencement and introduction of Event Flow

    9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

    Opening Statement

    Each mentor will share with us briefly what they care about most; current challenges they face; and insights they have gained

    9 : 45 AM - 11 : 15 AM

    What do you care about the most ?

    The curator will guide all Participants, Changemakers, Catalysts and Mentors to pen down their most profound motivations underlying their actions.

    11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

    Rest of the Day/House Rules

    11 : 45 AM - 12 NOON

    Group Photo

    12 NOON - 12 : 15 PM


    1 : 00 PM - 1 : 45 PM

    Mentor’s Journey

    Please proceed to one of the 10 classrooms for an interactive session with a mentor who will share with you their journey.

    2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    Reassemble in Theme Rooms

    2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

    Everyone’s Journey

    Each area of concern is designated one room. Catalysts, Mentors and Changemakers - Please enter the room with the theme that most interests you and feel free to narrate your journey to us.

    3:00 PM - 4:45 PM


    Facilitators will brief you about writing your story and sharing it

    4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

    Write Your Story

    This is a chance for everyone to clarify for yourself the story of your future intent and the change you wish to bring about in detail in your handbook. Then you are requested to summarize it in the sharing my story form that helps you invite collaborators.

    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Share your story

    Please put up your ‘sharing my story’ form in the History Museuem

    6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Reaching out

    After affixing your story, please review other’s stories and put a sticker on the stories that you wish to learn more about and note everyone’s unique 3 digit number (GAP ID#).

    You have 5 + 3 + 2 stickers in your handbook which will serve as your ‘currency’ to express interest in someone else's story.

    In addition to the 5 appointment stickers meant to connect changemakers and catalysts to each other tomorrow, there are 3 additional extra stickers with no time slot which too can be affixed to the ‘Sharing my story forms’. The last 2 stickers (+2) are for showing interest in the participants of the same group (i.e Catalysts to Catalysts and Changemaker to Changemaker).

    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Bus Leaves for Trimandir

    9:00 PM

    DAY 2


    DAY 02 - 13th MARCH 2015
    Breakfast at Trimandir

    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

    Bus Leaves for Gujarat Vidyapeeth

    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

    A Plenary Dialogue with Mentors

    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Collaboration Connections

    The first 3 hours will be divided into ten 18 min slots. The first 5 slots are pre-printed on the Catalysts stickers while the last 5 slots are similarly printed on the Changemakers stickeers.

    All the Catalysts will be seated in numbered chairs.

    From the Stickering process, Changemakers & Catalysts know who they have to meet; and Changemakers will move from chair to chair meeting the Catalysts (who are stationary).

    The Catalyst-Catalyst meetings and Changemaker-Changemaker meetings, arising from the + 2 stickers will happen during lunch.

    Parallel Session

    Mentors are invited by the Curator to participate in a closed door dialogue amongst themselves.

    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Having completed the meetings, before going to lunch, each participants must drop into the box a completed slip stating the name and 3 digit number of the other participants whom they wish to continue to work with.

    During lunch the organising team will generate a list of mutual interest of both parties that wish to work together and share that with individual participants.

    1:00 PM - 1:15 PM


    1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

    Making the Plan

    Each participant will be given a 3 part ‘LCA Plan’ - A Learning Plan, a Collaboration Plan and an Action Plan, setting out timelines where relevant. You can work with the collaborators with whom alignment was achieved during the Collaboration Sessions or earlier.

    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Collection of the LCA plan from those wishing to share them with the organisers.

    4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

    Bus Leaves for Sabarmati Ashram

    4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

    The Closing


    5:15 PM - 6:00 PM