Sanjay Rai,,

INVC,,

Chandigarh,,

Chandigarh based Stanzin Dawa was conferred prestigious ‘Karamveer Chakra’ for the year 2012. It recognized his contribution for social development through different initiatives over the past fourteen years. He received a medallion alongwith a certificate of appreciation from Mr. Jeroninio Almeida, Founder iCONGO (International Confederation of NGOs) at a glittering ceremony held at New Delhi. In mid 90s it was quite challenging to break the silence on a sensitive issue (HIV) to a 20 years old youth in a close and remote community (Ladakh). BBC recognized his contributions by producing a documentary film, later broadcasted to encourage young people to take up social responsibility. He mentored many youth leaders within and outside the country.   Stenzin Dawa is currently working as a Program Manager at Commonwealth Youth Program, Asia Centre located in Chandigarh. He is engaged in creating an enabling environment for youth participation in democracy, governance and development process in the Asian region. Prior to his association with Commonwealth Secretariat he has worked with broad range of organizations under different capacity. He served as a Programme Manager for Family Health International (FHI), Programme Manager for Population Foundation of India (PFI), Project Manager for ADRA India as well as an Advocacy Officer for International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Over his career, he has designed and managed multifaceted projects and provided technical assistance in a range of areas: HIV/AIDS, project management, scaling up, capacity building, advocacy, policy analysis, monitoring, evaluation, networking, knowledge management, community mobilization, communication, strategic planning, partnership management, conflict resolution, resource mobilization, participatory learning appraisal (PLA) and institution development to NGOs, governments and community based organizations. He also served in Andaman and Nicobar Islands after Tsunami on European Commission project for post Tsunami Development. His experience says that young people are innovative in problem solving. He believes tht young pepple are valuable asset to their countries and investing in them ensures peace and sustainable development.  The “KARMAVEER Chakra  is the National Awards for Social Justice and Citizen Action instituted by various partner organisations, citizens at large and media supporters. The awards are a part of the ‘RIGHT every WRONG’ movement where various eminent and concerned people have shared and discussed views on socio-political issues, be it about poverty alleviation, marginalization, communal issues, HIV, Disability, climate change, electoral reforms or humane capitalism.   KARMAVEER awardees are dubbed by the people as NOBLE LAUREATES. Various of our past awardees have been featured in documentaries and articles on Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC, TIME and gone on to win global fellowships, awards and  become ambassadors of international and UN organisations.

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