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Centre for Civil Society

Centre for Civil Society

Who We Are

Centre for Civil Society is a public policy think tank advancing personal, social, economic and political freedoms. We aim to usher in an intellectual revolution that encourages people to look beyond the obvious, think beyond good intentions and act beyond activism.

Our Mission

We seek to challenge conventional wisdom to promote choice, competition and community based policy reforms. Through research, advocacy and outreach, the Centre is reinvigorating civil society and rightsizing political economy to assist India grow out of poverty.

Our Work

Our concentration lies in bringing affordable, quality k-12 education to all, livelihood freedom to the enterprising poor and good governance through policy reform. Through our flagship programs, the Centre works on three verticals to bring about effective policy reform: evidence-based research, outreach to current and future leaders, and state and local level advocacy.

Our Principles

CCS champions individual rights, freedom of exchange, rule of law and limited government for India to reap the benefits of political and economic freedom.

Individual Rights—each individual is important, no one should be able to control or enslave another, and people should be free to do as they wish as long as they do not harm the person or property of others, tolerance.

Freedom of Exchange—people should be free to exchange information and their property with others on mutually agreed upon terms.

Rule of Law—no one should be above the law, not even the government. There should be respect amongst individuals and the state, without privileges or social and cultural discrimination.

Limited Government—governments should protect individuals’ rights, enforce contracts, and provide basic public goods, but should otherwise leave people free to provide for themselves and each other through civil society.

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