TAAL programming is informed by the Rights Based Programming framework. This enables the organization to explore with, and work, with communities in compliance with legal norms and standards in accordance with the rules and procedures provided by law. The field level processes includes creating awareness on these laws and providing handholding support to community groups to be able to access rights and entitlements as laid down under various Acts of the Indian Constitution. This approach has led to a better appreciation of the role of culture, identity and indigenous traditional knowledge in development, and the need for these to be integrated in development practices.

TAAL also works for the realization of the Rights of the Child within the framework of UN CRC, the Indian Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Penal Code and appropriate Indian Labour laws. TAAL’s approach to women’s empowerment has helped to build and strengthen their organisational systems and has given them a strong sense of self-determination. Moreover, the transfer of decision-making power, responsibilities and resources to women in local communities fully reflects their true aspirations and needs.

Rights of the Child

TAAL is implementing a project for the realization of the Rights of the Child in 12 villages of Gandhwani block of Dhar district. The project - supported by Child Rights and You - looks at the rights of the child in a comprehensive manner. The project has formed Bal Samooh (Children’s Groups) and Bal Sahayata Dal (Child Assistance Group) of adults of the village. The overarching aim of the project is to develop child friendly communities that are willing to interact with duty bearers and their own members to provide a safe and secure environment for children for their development.

Empowering the Excluded

UNICEF-supported three-year project with Primitive tribal group Sahariya in Shivpuri district between 2009 and 2012, was implemented by TAAL. The project focused in developing community based mechanisms to ensure entitlements related to social security of marginalized families in 60 villages spread across three blocks of the district, covering 800 poorest families in these villages.

Strengthening Access to Justice

UNDP-supported project under Justice Innovation fund was implemented by TAAL as the lead agency in 2006-07, with four other partner agencies across 25 Panchayats in five districts of Madhya Pradesh (Dhar, Mandla, Dewas, Morena and Chhatarpur). The project entailed enhancing the legal literacy of the target group that comprised SC, ST and OBC communities.

Access to Justice

UNDP supported a programme for the development of para legal workers in Bhopal city in 2010-2012. The programme was implemented in partnership with two other organizations, with TAAL as lead agency. The project aims to identify and train 500 women from poverty pockets of the city as paralegal workers who will provide information to other women in their communities in accessing institutions of justice.