About the Institute

Azim Premji University was established in Karnataka by the Azim Premji University Act 2010 as a not-for-profit University and is recognized by The University Grants Commission under Section 2F.

About the Challenge

Azim Premji University has been organizing the ‘Stories of Change’ – Case Study Challenge, on documenting good practices of social change from NGOs, government programmes, Social Enterprises and other organizations directly involved in design and implementation of development interventions.

This year, India, as well as most parts of the world, has witnessed an unprecedented pandemic, Covid-19, killing over a million people, crippling the health system, the economy, employment and livelihoods, education and other vital aspects of public life.

While it exposed several weaknesses of the policy and institutional regimes of the country as regards healthcare, migration, welfare and livelihoods, small and medium businesses, etc. the last six months also witnessed the display of incredible collective action of larger citizenry in areas of humanitarian response, healthcare, livelihoods, entitlements, including influencing policy around these issues.

Most significantly, citizen action has not been confined to existing organised civil society organisations (CSOs), but included formation of new informal and formal citizen groups shouldering massive responsibilities towards their fellow citizens. Such responses are found in scale and depth across the country.

Sub Themes

It will be organized around the following sub-themes, relating to the response to widespread critical needs. These are

  • Humanitarian response to specific communities in rural, urban and forest areas
  • Healthcare responses specific to Covid-19
  • Livelihoods response to specific communities
  • Welfare and entitlement responses e.g. MGNREGA, PDS, Pension, DBTs and many others
  • New initiatives cutting across these above themes and more including matters related to policies


  • Deadline for Registration: 15 January 2021
  • Deadline for Submission:30 April 2021
  • Shortlisting:31 May 2021
  • Announcement of selected cases:15 June

Eligibility to Participate

  • Participants can be representatives of NGOs, social movements, informal citizen groups, networks and individuals.
  • Students/researchers/academics and funding organizations can also participate in collaboration with any of the organizations mentioned above.


  • Ten selected submissions will be edited and published as part of the third volume of the Impacts Cases: Stories of Change 2020 with credits duly acknowledged.
  • Authors (Organisations/individuals) of these ten selected submissions will be awarded Rs. 50,000 as a token of appreciation.

How to Register?

  • Interested participants can register for the challenge through this link.
  • For the Official notification, click here