Professional Assistance for development Action (PRADAN)
Enabling marginalized people (rural women) to earn a decent living and living a dignified life.
Work and Achievements
Over three-fourths of the poor live in villages, over two-thirds of them in the central Indian plateau across the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and parts of Maharashtra. Three-fourths of India’s tribal people live here. About half the tribal people nationally are below the poverty line – a proportion virtually unchanged for a decade. We work with 3.5 million poor and marginalized communities in six of these states along with the seventh one i.e. Rajasthan.
These places are characterized by food security of just 6-8 months and are rain-fed with undulating terrain. Overcoming poverty here requires addressing basic human needs along with cultural and socio economic change. Promotion of sustainable livelihoods through robust collectives of women is integrated with work on issues of gender, governance and access to rights and entitlements to bring about this change.
Over the last 35 years, we have received several awards and recognitions, achieved milestones. Our co-founder Deep Joshi received the Ramon Magsaysay award and Padmashree in 2009. We were conferred the ‘ NGO of the Year’ by Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation and Resource Alliance Group (2006), Times Social Impact Award for Livelihoods Promotion (2015), Spirit of Humanity Award for Women Empowerment (2017), Business Standard Social Enterprise Award for Women Empowerment (2017) – along with several other awards over these years.
Fund Utilisation Statement
Enabling marginalized rural poor (mainly women) to enhance their incomes and increase their knowledge and awareness for informed choices and better influencing skills, in some of the poorest districts across seven states in India.