Project Description

Columbia T-learning


Learning to crowdsource monitoring activities

The Indian team is working with NGO groups and youth groups to monitor changes and learning towards sustainability. This involves youth-led crowdsourced monitoring of issues and how communities are responding to the issues. The monitoring includes analysis of the learning that is taking place. The nexus issues include environmental, social and economic concerns, including issues of peace, human rights, gender equality and non-violence. Methods involve development of participatory monitoring tools and mobile phone applications and analysis of the relationship between geographically located concerns and actions for change.

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Team members

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable (MGIEP) Development team comprises a committed group of professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and competencies. They are all inspired by the same ideals of an inclusive, connected and peaceful future for this world, which have defined the founding vision of the institute.

Programme Leader: 

Anantha Kumar Duraiappah is Director of MGIEP. He is an “undisciplined” economist. He has taught and researched at numerous universities and is a visiting professor at the IR3S at the University of Tokyo and a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences. His present areas of research include His present areas of research include new pedagogy methods for teaching and learning and on educational systems and governance. He also works in the area of computational modelling of coupled non-linear systems and has published numerous books and articles. Professor Duraiappah was the founding report director for the highly acclaimed Inclusive Wealth Report released at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012.

Senior Project Officer:

Abel Caine is a Senior Project Officer of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) leading the Youth Programme, and Communications Team. As the Lead for the MGIEP Youth Programme, Mr Caine supervises a team of 5 professionals implementing comprehensive, global projects to empower youth to become champion educators for peace, sustainable, and global citizenship, and chief implementers of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mr Caine brings in over 20 years of experience from the private sector, Government of Fiji, and UNESCO in open ICT solutions for sustainable development. He was a Programme Specialist at UNESCO Headquarters Knowledge Societies Division in Paris, France (6 years) and worked as the Adviser for Communication and Information in the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States in Apia, Samoa, (5 years) before joining UNESCO MGIEP in January 2016.


Jai Kamal  is an Associate Programme Analyst at MGIEP. He has an MBA from the University of Delhi and an engineering degree with a major in computer science. He has previously worked for Tata Consultancy Services as a software engineer. His interests lay in data analytics and Econometrics.  At MGIEP he is associated with the Review and Assessment of SDG 4.7 in curricula and youth-led monitoring projects.

Piyali Sarkar Debnath has an MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University with specialization in gender and political economy. She has worked as a development professional on diverse issues like human rights, education, inclusion, migration and gender. She currently serves as a Programme Officer for the Youth programme at UNESCO MGIEP.

S.P. Mohanty is a researcher associated with MGIEP who is currently pursing is PhD from University of Geneva. He is researching the framework for the youth led monitoring programme.

Local transformative knowledge network partners

UNESCO MGIEP specialises in research, knowledge sharing and policy formulation in the area of education for peace, sustainability and global citizenship. One of its programmes, youth-led monitoring (YLM) of SDG Target 4.7, challenges young people ages 18-35 to become game changers by tracking progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNESCO MGIEP will mobilize youth to curate and generate data on how young people are addressing critical issues covered in the Sustainable Development Goals.

They will be working with India-based youth organisations/ NGOs in two cities of India (New Delhi and other city is yet to be decided) in Phase one of the programme.

Project updates

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