Clean Air Collective- India

What is the collective and what are its aims? 

The Clean Air Collective is a network of organizations/individuals/citizens groups/institutions etc who are all working towards the common objective of clean air. The collective was formed with an objective of complementing each other’s work and amplifying all the voices coming from different parts of the country demanding their fundamental right that is clean air.

The Clean Air Collective draws inspiration from The Collective Impact Framework by Stanford social Innovation review, the basic premise of the framework being that large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

The framework lays down some guiding principles to shifting from isolated impact to collective impact by encouraging more collaboration or public-private-govt partnerships. The five pillars on which the framework stands are:

  1. Common Agenda
  2. Shared measurement systems
  3. Mutually reinforcing activities
  4. Continuous communication
  5. Backbone supporting organisation.

The collective started on the 26th of July 2017 with 14 organisations participating in the first meeting and has grown to 35 organizations spread across India who work on air pollution.


Some of the members of the collective, Credit: Brikesh Singh


What comes next?

In 2018 & 2019, the Clean Air Collective will aim to continue the campaigning & communications on air pollution starting as early as May 2018 and will spread to new geographies as well with the hope that the air pollution epidemic gets the attention & priority it deserves from people as well as government.

To join the collective, or for information, please contact Brikesh Singh.


Note: The piece was written by Brikesh Singh and has only been lightly edited for brevity. 

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