The Just Change Trust is a grant based organisation whose mission is to spread the Just Change concept and provide training and support to the community groups who join the Just Change network managed by a dedicated team of professionals and community based catalysts.
Just Change was born out of the experience of ACCORD, an organisation founded in 1986 to work with the adivasis of the Gudalur Valley of the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu. Just Change has been working with tribal community in Gudalur and has been helping them to achieve economic empowerment by controlling the value chain of the commodities products by tribal community.
Just Change has taken an evolutionary or emergent approach to the work. As ideas emerge and contribute to a broadening and deepening of the concept, the Trust adapts its support to the member groups of the Just Change network to incorporate or test these new ideas. For example, though the initial concept was to link producers and consumers, it grew to include investors into the framework as well. As a result of this, now that we have established fairly robust links between producers and consumers we are developing ways by which investors can also participate.