1. Aajeevika Bureau
Established in 2005 and headquartered in Udaipur, Aajeevika Bureau is a specialized non-profit organization set up to provide solutions and security to seasonal migrants who leave their villages to find work in cities. Working for the betterment of rural migrants within western India.
Aajeevika Bureau's services include helping migrants establish their identity, educating them to regulate their income and expenditures and training them for other unforeseeable emergencies. The node for the Bureau's work and services to migrants is a network of centres known as the Shramik Sahayta Evam Sandarbh Kendra.
Established in 1992, Aarohi aims to create development opportunities for rural Himalayan communities through quality healthcare and education, enterprise promotion, women’s empowerment, sustainable natural resource use, and the revival of traditional culture.
Aarohi’s work spans across 100 villages in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand and impacts approximately 37,000 people. Through its various initiatives Aarohi works toward creating opportunities for rural mountain communities so they can lead a more self-reliant existence.
3. Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India
The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India is a non-profit working in Gujarat since 1984. AKRSP (India) works as a catalyst for the betterment of rural communities by providing direct support to local communities to enhance their livelihood and develop skills and competencies required for sustainable environmental management and improving the quality of their lives.
Since its inception, AKRSP has reached over 500,000 beneficiaries in over 1100 villages in the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, creating over 4000 village organizations.
4.Appropriate Technology India (ATI)
Founded in 1993, Appropriate Technology India (ATI) works with approximately 8000 local beneficiaries in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, offering them innovative alternative livelihood options through initiatives like beekeeping, dairy development, spice cultivation, sericulture, ecotourism, microfinance, agriculture marketing, and so on.
ATI works to strengthen community-based conservation and development institutions; create income and employment opportunities; provide ecologically sound, productivity enhancing, cost-effective technologies, provide training and services for sustainable enterprise development; and conserve the local biodiversity of the region.
Avani began its work in 1997 through the development of solar energy usage in the Pitorgarh district of Uttarakhand. Since then, Avani has been able to support the development of sustainable livelihoods through various capacity building approaches to empower rural communities.
Avani aims to develop livelihood programs based on appropriate technology, renewable energy, traditional craft, local resources, and provides health and education services through community-based management systems. Avani also works toward providing training and capacity building for dissemination in other districts and regions.
6. Centre For Community Development (CCD)
Since 1992, Centre for Community Development (CCD) has worked to empower local communities, including tribals, women, children and disabled persons. Today, CCD works in over 600 villages in Odisha.
CCDworks on a wide range of initiatives, including natural resource management and livelihood promotion, women empowerment and microenterprise promotions, reproductive children’s health, children’s rights, community based rehabilitation of disabled persons, and good governance.
Working with rural women and youth for over 15 years,Chaitanya is one of the pioneers of the SHG federation movement in Maharashtra, India. It has been a catalyst in facilitating the process to get rural women out of the vicious cycle of poverty. Chaitanya has grown from a small grassroots organization to a national resource agency leading the SHG federation movement in the country with a network of agencies.
Chaitanya’s work has been focused on rural economic development, including micro credit services for low-income homes and promoting rural entrepreneurship; and children’s education. Today, Chaitanya also works on financial inclusion, employability, skills and entrepreneurship training.
8. Foundation for Ecological Security (FES)
Established in 2001, The Foundation of Ecological Security (FES) is committed to strengthening, reviving or restoring (where required) the process of ecological succession and the conservation of land, forest and water resources in India.
FES operates in six states of India and it also establishes institutional design principals and mechanisms that provide spaces for the poor, develops linkages between village level institutions and Panchayats as well as assesses the impact of climate change.
9. Gram Vikas
Set up in 1979 in Odisha, Gram Vikas is an organization that has been working to bring about sustainable improvement in the quality of life of poor and marginalized rural communities. Gram Vikas currently serves more than 295,800 people in 851 habitations of 22 districts in Odishaa.
Gram Vikas’ mission is to promote processes that are endurable, socially inclusive and gender equitable to enable poor and marginalized rural people and communities to achieve a dignified quality of life. Gram Vikas' mission is realized through the programme MANTRA (Movement and Action Network for the Transformation of Rural Areas), an integrated habitat development programme.
10. ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth: ICICI’s Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI)
Since March 2011, The ICICI Foundation for Inclusive growth has been working on a sustainable livelihood initiative to strengthen two Rural Self- Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs) in Udaipur and Jodhpur, run by ICICI Bank. Part of a national scheme initiated by the Ministry of Rural Development, RSETIs are run by public and private sector banks with the active support of state governments, and offer intensive short-term residential training in various trades.
ICICI Foundation works toward upgrading the infrastructure at the RSETIs, facilitating the recruitment of required staff, spreading awareness about the work of these institutes amongst the community and introducing new training courses. Through this work, ICICI Foundation aims to promote not only general employment, but also self-employment and micro-ventures as well.
11. Institute of Health Management, Pachod (IHMP)
Based in Aurangabad, the Institute of Health Management, Pachod strives for the health and development of communities through innovative grassroots programmes, intervention research, NGO training and policy advocacy. For over 30 years, IHMP has worked in hundreds of villages across Aurangabad, Pune and Amravati in Maharashtra with the aim of providing holistic development to individuals, families and communities. IHMP is deeply committed to working on the health and development of marginalized groups, especially women and children and it implements its programmes through organizing and mobilizing communities toward self-reliance and sustainability.
12. Konkan Bamboo and Cane Development Centre (KONBAC)
Launched in 2004, the Konkan Bamboo and Cane Development Centre (KONBAC) is a leader in strengthening bamboo sector initiatives, focused on working with communities in the Sindhudurg district toward capacity building of local artisans, product diversification and developing market linkages.
KONBAC started with the aim of using “poor person’s timber for niche markets” and has been actively promoting construction, furniture making and crafts products development in bamboo, all of which are backwards linked into the community. Since 2005, KONBAC has trained over 270 men and 1875 women in bamboo processing techniques
13. Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra (KGVK)
KGVK, the CSR arm of the Usha Martin Group, has been functional since 1972. KGVK’s mission is to promote sustainable integrated development in rural Jharkhand KGVK works towards empowering 350 villages and 50,000 households across six districts of Jharkhand, India. They believe that the key to integrated rural development lies in a convergence of efforts of the Government, corporate bodies, NGOs, scientific research and development, capacity building institutes and above all, the community.
14. Mamta Samajik Sanstha (MSS)
Mamta Samajik Sanstha (MSS) works in the fields of health and sustainabledevelopment since 1992 in western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. MSS enhances the capacity and confidence of poor and disadvantaged people to have access to essential services, through sustainable development initiatives in reproductive child health, adult literacy, agriculture, water and sanitation, gender sensitization, women empowerment and rights, livelihoods activities, vocational trainings, income generation, and so on.
15. Orissa Voluntary Health Association (OVHA)
Since 1976, Orissa Voluntary Health Association (OVHA) has been workingwith policy makers, planners, academics and health professionals for the betterment of underprivileged communities in Odisha.
OVHA provides support to the government and other agencies in formulating and implementing health programs and facilitating planning, management and evaluation of health and development activities of voluntary agencies. Advocacy, capacity building, research and disease control form OVHA’s main focus areas of work.
16. Rajasthan Shram Sarathi Association (RSSA)
Based in Udaipur, the Rajasthan Shram Sarathi Association (RSSA) works toward enabling financial inclusion of migrant communities by providing financial services such as credit, savings management, insurance and pension schemes.
An IFMR venture promoted by by Ajeevika Bureau, RSSA was set up in 2006 RSSA aims to establish a sustainable model for financial service providers to engage with migrant populations, to stabilize their cash flows and strengthen their ability to deal with income uncertainties.
17. Regional Centre for Development Cooperation (RCDC)
Started in 1993, Regional Centre for Development Cooperation (RCDC) works in 14 districts of Odisha to empower people to manage natural resources in a sustainable manner. RCDC works towards enabling communities to manage their own natural resources efficiently and effectively thereby addressing poverty and improving the quality of life.
RCDC works in the areas of policy and action research, advocacy and networking, and field demonstrations relating to community based natural resource management and livelihood enhancement.
For over a decade, Sahjeevan has been active in the quest to conserve ecosystems and strengthen traditional livelihoods. Working in the Kutch district of Gujarat, Sahjeevan works with pastoral communities, livestock keepers. Sahjeevan aims to integrate gender equality, human values, indigenous knowledge and novel technologies to strengthen traditional livelihoods, demonstrated by community at the grassroots and policy level.
The Samarthan Centre for Development Support has been working in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in India since 1995.an organization to support the development of civil society groups and to help them integrate into mainstream development activities.
Its mission is to create a social order of equal opportunities to all and access to information focusing on the poor and disadvantaged sections of the society, placing emphasis on woman’s empowerment and the upliftment of Dalit and tribal communities.
Samarthan works on a range of governance issues through projects pertaining to water and sanitation, child rights, reproductive health of adolescents food security and migration.
20. Seva Mandir
Seva Mandir operates in 626 villages and 56 urban settlements of southern Rajasthan, with the aim of transforming lives through democratic and participatory development. SevaMandir focuses on creating social, institutional and livelihood base that will benefit and empower the poorest sections of society by creating and strengthening institutions for development at the village, organizational and society levels;enhancing people’s capabilities for self-development both at the individual and community level; and creating sustainable improvements in the livelihoods base.
21. Society of Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH)
SEARCH has been running health and development programs in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra for the past 25 years. SEARCH works with marginalized communities to identify their health needs, develop community empowering models of healthcare SEARCH runs community healthcare programmes in 125 tribal and rural villages, reproductive health education for youth and women, programmes for the prevention and de-addiction of alcohol and tobacco, field research to improve rural health services as well as participatory programs for tribal development.
22.Society for Promoting Rural Education And Development (SPREAD)
Society for Promoting Rural Education And Development (SPREAD) began its work in 1989 in Odisha to work with the underprivileged class as a catalyst so as to build up their capacity and to facilitate the process of participatory development.
Today, SPREAD works in six blocks of Odisha and over the years, has built capacityfor tribals, dalits, women and disabled persons by implementing land campaigns, leading training and support on food security and facilitating community monitoring of food entitlements and facilitating the right to work through awareness building meetings, research studies and social audits.
23. UNNATI Organization of Development Education
Established in 1990, Unnati works toward promoting social inclusion and democratic governance in Gujarat and western Rajasthan. They work in partnership with NGOs and the government to empower the most vulnerable members of society – Dalit’s, women and people with disabilities – to effectively and decisively participate in mainstream development and decision-making processes.
They currently work in the fields of social inclusion and empowerment, civic leadership governance and disaster risk reduction.
24. Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR)
Provide committed development support that empowers individuals, groups and communities to undertake sustainable integrated ecosystem development. Since 1993, WOTR has operated in 5 states across India, including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand. WOTR has a network of 184 NGOs and Government agencies collaborating with them toward the development of 2250 villages. WOTR works on watershed development projects, drinking water provisioning schemes, the promotion of climate change adaptation, setting up women’s self help groups, providing micro-insurance schemes, running health activities as well.