Together, change is possible

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is committed to the idea of democratic socialism and as such dedicated to international cooperation and solidarity. Around the world, RLS offers civic and political education and conducts projects for social emancipation.

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In order to bring about change, you need to see the bigger picture. Our education projects foster a well-grounded understanding of society. This makes left ideas and practices more popular and influential.

Sonila Swaminathan - Office Manager

The New Delhi office has been established in 2010. It is responsible for the foundation’s activities in the South Asian region, comprising India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Our work focuses on issues related to social transformations, labour and agriculture. We work primarily in partnerships with local cooperation partners with whom we jointly develop and implement our projects.

Furthermore, we promote the discourse among activists, scientists and intellectuals from South Asia and Germany as well as from other regions of the world. A special focus lies on creating networks among countries of the Global South. 


The international activities of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung are supported by financial means allocated for achieving development goals by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

To learn more about our work and specific projects please click on one of our main working areas below. You can also have a look at the research papers and essays published by RLS South Asia or our partners.

Agriculture Labour Society Publications


Empowering Migrant Labourers

In rural India, shrinking gains from agriculture forces more and more farmers to look for alternative sources of income. Outside the harvest season, many of them migrate to urban hubs with high hopes, only to find insecure jobs under precarious conditions. Our project partners Prayas and Kislay support migrants as well as their dependents in asserting their constitutionally granted rights. 

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Sustainable Small-Scale Farming

India’s small-scale farmers are increasingly under stress: shrinking cultivable land, large corporations dominating seed and pesticide markets as well as the effects of climate change make it more and more difficult for Indian farmers to sustain themselves. With the support of RLS, Agragamee develops alternative modes farming with Odisha’s Adivasi communities to achieve food sovereignty and sustainable resource management.

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Documenting Social Exclusion

Despite considerable economic growth in recent years, many of India’s citizens still struggle to get access to basic public goods. Our partner, the Centre for Equity Studies, examines how state institutions fail to provide equal access to necessities like healthcare, sanitation and safe working conditions. Which groups are especially vulnerable to exclusion? How do different dimensions of exclusion reinforce each other? 

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Workshop on forest rights, Rayagada District (Photo: RLS)

Strengthening Food Sovereignty

More than one fifth of Odisha’s population belongs to different Adivasi communities and the majority of them live below the poverty line. Being mostly dependent on small-scale farming and forest resources, they are especially vulnerable environmental changes. Together with Adivasi communities, RLS’s partner Living Farms develops alternative, sustainable farming methods to strengthen their food sovereignty.

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