Lara Shankar

Mrs. Lara Shankar Chandra

CACR Advisory Board
Brief info
  • Independent Author

    Authored ‘Midway Station’ – Life Stories of Homeless Children’, a collection of real life case histories, published by Penguin Books India in 2006.

  • Advisory Board Member - Citizens Association for Child Rights (CACR)

    Founder member and Advisory Board member - CACR is a network of citizens working to make the Right to Education a reality for every child in Mumbai. CACR works with BMC schools to improve the quality of education imparted to children.

  • Advisory Board Member – KRITI a development praxis and communications team

    Kriti team works to amplify people’s movements, gender struggles, and voices for justice. It creates spaces for awareness, sensitization and thinking. Building knowledge and capacities for social change are its main functions.

Lara Shankar Chandra has over 15 years of experience in the field of child rights, child protection, adolescence and gender, community development, education and housing and sanitation in India.

She has done a variety of work ranging from directly interacting and training street children, monitoring and evaluation, qualitative research, process documentation and case studies, building citizen action and child rights campaigning to analyzing and advocating policy changes in education. Lara was instrumental in initiating a citizen’s campaign for quality education for all children in Mumbai. The citizen’s campaign from 2007 is today a registered NGO namely CACR in Maharashtra!

In the housing and sanitation sector in India, Lara has led strategy, initiated Coalition and forged strategic partnerships for fund raising, policy implementation and intervention. She has worked with grassroots implementing NGOs like Butterflies, Saathi, Childline India Foundation and Balprafulta. She has spent a large part of her career with leading national and international organizations like CRY, UNICEF and Habitat for Humanity India.

After over a decade and a half in the social sector in India, she aspires to develop strategies for orchestrating social impact, strengthening programs and building partnerships and models for replication and scale. With a Masters degree in Child Development and years of experience in interacting and working with grassroots level NGOs, she has a strong program background to her analysis and writings. Her skill sets include advocacy, government partnerships, networking, stakeholder management, strategic envisioning, program development, campaigning, communication and documentation.

Lara Shankar Chandra was brought up in Delhi where she attended Loreto Convent School and did her Masters from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. She now lives in Mumbai with her husband Manu Chandra and two children Sahil and Rishabh.

Lara currently leads Strategy at Habitat for Humanity India.