Screenshot from The COVINDIA Project documentary

The ODRIIS Team set up a research-action project to analyse direct socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The project COVINDIA (Appuyer, comprendre et valoriser les pratiques de solidarités villageoises en Inde du Sud), was selected by a flash call on the pandemic by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) among 92 projects in 44 countries, the only one selected for India. It has three main objectives:

  • to relieve vulnerable households living in the NEEMSIS villages of Cuddalore and Villupuram districts by providing emergency food distribution with the help of SHGs;
  • to conduct qualitative fieldwork to reflect on the consequences of the COVID-19;
  • to produce a film documentary on the living conditions of rural population in Tamil Nadu during the pandemic.

A short and preliminary version of the documentary is now visible here:

The COVINDIA Project: Unmask the Collective Action

This first documentary has been largely publicized by the IRD as part of projects lead by women to face the COVID-19 consequences over the world (newsletter IRD ; Canal-U TV ; Le Mag’ IRD).

This short documentary is part of a broader project of long documentary to observe the itinerary of labour migrants before, during and after the Indian lockdown, thereby accounting for living conditions in rural areas of Tamil Nadu

Cite this blog post
Gaston Bizel-Bizellot (2021, July 15). COVINDIA. ODRIIS. Retrieved March 2, 2024, from

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