Projects in South Asia

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


In the past decades an increasing number of people, especially in the global south, was forced to leave their places of origin. Armed conflicts, the search for better working and living conditions as well as the impacts of climate change have led to ceaseless population flows.


During the last years India’s economy made a giant leap: Many sectors have boomed, what leads to a remarkable development and economic dynamics especially in urban areas. In many regions of the country agriculture is no longer profitable and many people are forced to leave their homes in order to sustain their livelihood.


How relevant is Marxist thought for us today? The annual international conferences organised by the South Asian University and RLS are devoted to discussing this question and strengthening networks of people from the left political spectrum.



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.