Member and Ex-Chairperson of NACDAOR
Founder member and ex-chairperson of NACDAOR (1995), Ashok Bharti has worked in Indian Engineering Services with the Government of India till 2007. He founded and headed National Confederation of Dalit and Adivasi Organizations (NACDOAR) in 2001. Presently he is looking after CADAM and NACDOAR in an advisory capacity. Using this collective voice under the leadership of Bharti; NACDOAR successfully influenced the government’s Development Planning and Annual Budget to include plans for the Dalit community. He has spearheaded studies on the status of Dalits, contributed valuable academic information. His work has given Dalit people a national platform to campaign for a more inclusive society, fighting against discrimination and injustice based on caste, creed or gender. Bharti has been working for the emancipation of Dalits, the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the other backward classes from their prescribed roles as the bottom of the hierarchy by trying to bridge the gap between the marginalized, the private sector and the government. He has addressed the lack of communication by bringing together stakeholders from NACDAOR, the government, private sector and international community in conferences at different spaces. He has been taking forward the agenda by visualizing and spearheading various campaigns and projects for inclusive education, nutrition, rural development, technology employment, entrepreneurship, market and services. He has been in negotiation with the service providers (NDPL) to gain accessible, reliable and fair services such as electricity in Delhi slums. The Bundelkhand Shiksha Abhiyaan, MNREGA Mazdoor unions, Fair Share in Private Sector, Shiksha Adhikaar Yatras and Rozgar Adhikaar Yatras are some of the important initiatives that Bharti has initiated over the years under able leadership. He is also the Founder of World Dignity Forum (2004) and has the distinction of being an Ashoka Fellow (2008). He has been a member of the Steering Committee for the 12th Five Year Plan. He campaigned on behalf of Dalits for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015. He was member-in-advisory on “Post 2015 UN consultations on inequalities” coordinated by UNICEF and UNWOMEN. He is also the founder of Global Task Force on Socially Excluded and the Global Council Member of Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP). He was invited to participate in the first Global Forum on Leadership for shared societies organized by Club Madrid. He has addressed the UN General Assembly High-Level Event on Millennium Development Goals at UN headquarters, New York, 2008 and has been awarded Care Millennium Award by CARE, Deutschland-Luxemburg in 2011 for his outstanding work on MDGs.