SEWA Research has worked
with a variety of partners government departments at the state as well as the
central level, educational institutions like the agricultural universities and management
institutes, research bodies like NCAER and GIDR, sister organizations like FWWB and
international organizations like IRC, ILO and in each case, SEWA has been an equal partner, contributing
towards formulating the basic research questions and conducting the fieldwork on these
studies. All the research partnerships that SEWA has entered into have been for pro-active
research which have used the grass root experience to conceptualise and analyse
development issues and develop its policy implications.
As SEWAs national
and international profile and interest in its approach is increasing, it has begun to
receive many more requests to participate in projects led by outside researchers than it
can fulfil. Needless to say, SEWA staff carefully evaluates these studies in terms of its
potential to directly benefit SEWA programs and support action just as they do with
internal research proposals.