Newsletters and bulletins connected to
developmental and political organisations
working in or with South Asia:

Regional/South Asia Afghanistan Bangladesh Bhutan
India Nepal Pakistan Sri Lanka

The region:

Bay of Bengal News. Newsletter published by the Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP), a regional United Nations multi-agency programme, based at Chennai, India, that tries to improve the conditions of the fishing communities in seven countries around the Bay of Bengal, including Bangladesh, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. It is funded by Denmark and Japan and executed by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

Development News – The World Bank’s Daily Webzine of News and Events

OneWorld.net South Asia. News service run by a network of co-operative centres around the world.

SciDev.Net. Offers news, views and information about science, technology and development. Sponsored by the magazines Nature and Science in association with the Third World Academy of Sciences. Published with financial support from the UK Department for International Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada.

UN Wire. An independent News Briefing about the UN activities around the World, published by United Nations Foundation and National Journal Group, Washington


IRIN News.com. News service offering daily information on Afghanistan, run by the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), created in 1994 and a part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


Bhutan Women and Children Organisation (BWCO) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, politically un-aligned and grassroots non-governmental organisation established in 1990 by Bhutanese women in exile.


Homeland Bangladesh – Mayer Dak. Published by the Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities, HRCBM. Newspaper on the web, espousing the Minority Cause in Bangladesh.


ENVIS – Environmental Economics Node. Newsletter published by Madras School of Economics, Chennai.


SARAI – ”the new media initiative”. Internet Gateway with newsletters, a space for research, practice and conversation about contemporary media and urban constellations. Developed by CSDS, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Bombay Bar Association. An Association of Indian Lawyers ”on the original side of the Bombay Court”

Centre for Science and Environment. An advocacy organisation working on environmental issues and based in New Delhi. The Centre issues a newsletter on water management, climate change and environmental issues in India every second week.

Development Alternatives Newsletter. Published by Development Alternatives Group, a non-profit organisation established in 1983, based at New Delhi, with the aim of creating large scale sustainable livelihoods.

Dalit Forum – www.ambedkar.org. A web site which gives links to current news items on Dalits, and gives information on Dalit culture and about Buddhism.

National Human Rights Commission of India. The National Human Rights Commission is an expression of India’s concern for the protection and promotion of human rights. It came into being in October 1993, and has published several reports on power abuse in the country. In the Spring 2002 the commission published proceeding on the anti-muslim riots in Gujarat.
The commission also runs Research programmes and projects on • Child Labour; • Research Studies on Jammu & Kashmir, the Indian North Eastern states and the situation for the tribals; • A study on Women Prisoners; and • ”Operation Oasis” – a Study related to mentally ill persons in West Bengal. See page on this.

Southasiadisaster.com. Published by the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), Ahmedabad. A community based action research, action planning and action advocacy non-governmental organisation, working towards bridging the gap between policy, practice, and research related to disaster mitigation, in an effort to link the community to the (inter)national level humanitarian scenario.

South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR) is a weekly service that brings regular data, assessments and news brief on terrorism, insurgencies and sub-conventional warfare, on counter-terrorism responses and policies, as well as on related economic, political, and social issues, in the South Asian region. SAIR is part of the South Asia Terrorism Portal, a project of the Institute for Conflict Management, set up in 1997 in New Delhi. The institute was set up on the initiative of, and is presently headed by Mr. K.P.S. Gill, IPS (Retd).


EkChhin. MS-Nepal Newsletter. Web news published by the NGO Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, Danish Association for International Co-operation

MANAV ASTITWA, weekly e-journal about Dalit issues in Nepal initiated by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in collaboration with the Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO), Nepal.

Sri Lanka:

TamilNet. Reporting to the World on Tamil affairs.

Tamil Eelam Homepage. News service dedicated to the cause of the Tamil Tigers, LTTE.

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