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In 1972, we began our modest efforts to reach out to the poor and marginalized communities. Today after three decade, we have the privilege of working with nearly 5 million poor and marginalized people-namely the dalit and tribal people, other sections of the rural and urban poor, women, children, and minorities and with more than 300 civil society organizations. Within them, those in vulnerable situations such as people living with chronic hunger, migrant and bonded workers, children out of education, urban homeless people, trafficked persons, persons with diability, refugees and displaced people and survivors of natural and human made disasters. Also with poeple who are socially stigmatised, such as sex workers, persons living with HIV and

AIDS and manual scavengers. Our resolve has been to facilitate their empowerment so that they are able to assert for their rights, entitlements and dignity.

We have made sustained efforts to come closer to the poor and marginalised women and men, girls and boys through establishing 14 Regional Offices (RO) and 10 field offices to reach the people in 22 States of India.

Steps in our Journey

The period 1972-92 has graduated from focus on child needs to integrated rural development through a transition of multi-sectoral approach. During this period, the shift has been from investing primarily on education of children as a means for ahcieving a better world to locating poverty in family and community. In this approach, poverty was understood only in economic terms, and our initiatives were in clearly defined geographical areas. Our Approach to Rural Development (ARD) evolved at the international workshop (1989) largely influenced this understanding.

The growth of the organization and the rapidly changing external environment during the early 1990’s necessitated the formulation of our first five-year strategic planning (CSP-I: 1993-97). This has provided the mandate to work in the empowerment mode, making best use of the resources that we had access to. It clearly defined priority areas of work in the country (pockets of poverty and groups of poor people) as well as articulated the need for policy influencing through collaborative alliances, along with micro-level action.

After a critical review of CSP-I, we drew up the next strategy paper (CSP-II : 1998-2002), which acknowledged the need to work on the rights mode with policy inlfuencing and advocacy strongly supplementing micro-level action. The understanding was that eradication of poverty was only possible through empowering the poor and facilitating processes that assist them to achieve their rights and entitlements. This was later revisited after the global process of Taking Stock – F of 25 years of work followed by formulation of Fighting Poverty Together (Action Aid’s global strategy paper), which provided a comprehensive framework for poverty eradication through te rights mode of development.

Meanwhile, we went through a process of collective internal reflection in May 1999 at Kodaikanal and again at Hyderabad in March 2000. There was an affirmation of main streaming the rights based approach into our work and the need for strengthening gender equity. Subsequently, the Updated CSP-II entitled Taking Sides’ was adopted.

Vision, Mission & Values of Action Aid India


A world without poverty in which every person can exercise her/his right to a life of dignity.


To work with poor and marginalised people to eradicate poverty by overcoming the injustice and inequity that cause it.


Mutual Respect, recognising the innate dignity and worth of all people and value of divesity.

Equity and Justice, requiring us to work to ensure that everyone – irrespective of sex, age, race, colour, class and religion – has equal opportunity for expressing and utilising their potential.

Honesty and Transparency, requiring us to be accountable for the effectiveness of AAI’s actions and open in AAI’s judgments and communications with others.

Solidarity with poor and marginalised people, so that AAI’s only bias will be a commitment to the interests of the poor and powerless.

Courage of conviction, requiring us to be creative and radical, without fear of failure, in pursuit of the highest possible impact on the causes of poverty.

Humility, recognising that we are a part of a bigger alliance against poverty and requiring AAI’s presentation and behaviours to be modest.

Groups we work with:

In AAI’s we recognise the differing needs and capacities of social groups that are more vulnerable to poverty, which has strategic implications for our policy influencing actions and program interventions. Within the social group, we recognize women, children and persons with disability as cross cutting issues due to multiple ways that they have been denied their rights and justice. We acknowledge that our own understanding on these themes needs up-gradation. We are committed to incremental actions towards comprehensive approach for realizing their rights.

Social Groups:

Dalit People • Tribal People • Other backward Classes (OBC)

Minorities • Urban Poor • Informal Sector Labour

Apart from these six social groups, we would work with certain social groups that are emerging in numbers and requiring special attention. Some of them are:

Persons living with HTV and AIDS • Sexual Minorities

Sex Workers • People affected by disasters

Eligibility criteria to be a partner:

We will seek partnerships with those who are willing to listen to the voice of poor and marginalized women, men, girls and boys and to support their struggles for justice and a better life. We seek organisations which are willing to challenge and resist those who systematically deny and violate their rights.

AAI will seek out credible, committed institutions and individuals. The range of partners would include NGOs, CBOs, movements, individuals, activists, networks etc. AAI’s special focus would be on building people’s institutions. In AAI’s partnerships, leadership of the marginalized (dalits, women, minorities, disabled and tribals) will be encouraged.

AAI recognises for entering into such partnerships, it would be important for AAI itself to develop a reputation for genuine solidarity with oppressed people, integrity, transparency and humility. Even as we are partnering such groups and individuals who are seeking to assist in the restoration the rights of the poor and marginalised women, men, girls and boys, we would critically engage with the ones who deny and violate such rights. This critical engagement could be with the state and its agencies, corporate sector and other civil society institutions. This decision to engage in cooperation or resistance will be in-formed by AAI’s analysis of denial of rights, power relations, and strategic needs.

Statutory Requirements:

Partner should be a Registered Society and also be registered under FCRA For More Details Please Contact : Action Aid India, Regional Offices or the website or Mr. Babu Mathew, Country Director

Action Aid India

C-88, South Extension-11, New Delhi – 110 049

Telefax: 51640571 – 76,

website :

Email : [email protected]

Regional Offices:

Action Aid International

Post Net Suite # 248, Private Bag X31,

Saxonwold 2132, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 11 880 0008, Fax: +27 (0) 11 880 808

Action Aid India Country Office

Prof. Babu Mathew (Country Director)

C – 88 N.D.S.E. – II, New Delhi – 1 100049

Tel: (11) 251640571-76. Fax: (11) 251641891

Babu’s Mob.: 9810606988

Bangalore Regional Office

Ms. Christy Abraham (Regional Manager)

139, Richmond Road, P.B. No. 5406

Bangalore -560 025,

Tel : (080) 25586682,25595942 (RM direct No.)

Christy’s Mob.: 9845538873

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Bhopal Regional Office

Ms. Malini Subramaniam (Regional Manager)

E – 3/4-B, I st floor, Arcia Colony, Bhopal – 462016

Telefax: (0755) 5290208 /2425324,2466920

Malini’s Mob: 9826392456

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Mumbai Regional Office

Ms. Kamini Kapadia (Regional Manager)

6th Floor C.V.O.D Jain High School

84, Samuel Street, Pallagalli, Dongri

Near Masjid, Mumbai – 400 009

Tel : (022) 23435072 / 23436070

Fax : (022) 234360765Kamini’s Mob. : 9820016252

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Guwahati Regional Office

Mr. Prasanna Kumar Pincha (Reg. Manager)

Flat 2B, Mandavi Apartment, Ambari

(In front of Ravindra Bhavan) G.N.B. Road,

Guwahati -781 001, Tel: (0361) 2638871 / 72,

Mob.: 94351-48697

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Jaipur Regional Office

Ms. Vijaylakshmi (officiating Reg. Manager)

B – 20 Khandela House, Shiv Marg, Bani Park, Jaipur

302016, Tel: (0141) 2207502 / 2207683


Vijaylakshmi Mob: 9414074893

Email: [email protected]

Lucknow Regional Office

Mr. Hanumant Rawat (Regional Manager)

1/21 Vivek Khand, Gornti Nagar

Lucknow-226010, Tel: (0522)2939431/631/731

Fax: (0522) 2939431/631731

Hanumant’s Mobile: 9415005339

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]


Ms. Supriya Akerkar (Regional Manager)

331 /A Shabid Nagar, Bhubaneshwar – 751007

Orissa, Telefax: (0674) 2544503/2544224

Supriya’s Mob.: 9437045008


Mr. Biraj Patnaik (Regional Manager)

First Floor HIG-28, Sector -1, Shankar Nagar

Raipur – 429077, Chhattisgarh

Tel : 0771-5011596,5022140,2445031

(RM Direct No.) Biraj’s Mob. 9826308235

Email: [email protected]

[email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Chennai Regional Office

Mr. Saroj Dash (Regional Manager)

23 West Park Road, Near Post Office Shenoy Nagar

Chennai – 600 030

Tel: (044) 26191620/1621, Fax: (044)26191620/162

Saroj’s Mob: 94440-01620

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Kolkata Regional Office

Ms. Anchita Ghatak (Regional Manager)

Flat No. 3 A, Shankar Vihar

33, Lake Temple Road, Kolkata – 700 029

Tel : (033) 24657017-18/7022, Fax: 24657022

Anchita’s Mob: 9830326101

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Gujarat Regional Office

Mr. Amar Jyoti Nayak (Regional Manager) IOA,

Chandra Colony, B/h IDBI Bank

(Opp. E-infochips). Cargo Motors Lane, C.G. Road,

Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380 006

Tel: (079) 26463792 / 26447691, Fax: (079) 26447691

Amar’s Mob: 9825318676

Email: [email protected]

Andhra Pradesh Regional Office

Mr. Umi Daniel (Regional Manager)

E – 9, Vikrampuri Colony, Kharkhana,

Behind Food World, Secunderabad – 500 026

Andhra Pradesh Field Office

Shanmukha, D.No. 4-52-4 C (LIG -114)

Lawsons Bay Colony, Visakhapatnam – 530 017

Tel : 0891 – 5510633, Raghu’s Mob : 98492 98904

[email protected]

Shivpuri Field Office

Action Aid India Field Office

86, Raghvendra Nagar, Near Gum Nanak Public School,

Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh,

Telefax: 07492-508868

Adipur Field Office

Mohneet Villa, Plot No. 291, Ward 3/A,

Adipur Dist – Kutch, Gujarat – 370 205

Tel: 02836-264944/263809

Fax: 02836-262703

Godhra Field Office

Plot No.1, haideri Society

Nr. Sessions Court, Civil Lines, Godhra

Gujarat-389 001

Tel: 02672-249619, Fax: 02672-249678

Bahadur’s Mob: 9426559815

Malkangiri Field Office

Durga Gudi, Sahi, Nr. Jagannath Temple

Malkangiri – 764045, Orissa, Tel: 06861 – 230455

Dholpur Field Office

382, Gayatri Sadan, Housing Board Colony, Bati Road,

Dholpur, Tel : 05642 – 224712

Andhra Pradesh

Tel: (040) 55445410, Telefax: (040) 27844991

Umi’s Mob: 9440407779

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Patna Regional Office

Mr. Pushpondra Singh (Regional Manager)

A/3, Vivekanand Park (Lane A)

South East Patliputra Colony, Patna – 800 013

Bihar, Tel : (0612) 2272928,

Telefax: (0612)2262027 / 2272928

Pushpenders Mob: 9431015838

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Field Offices

Vizag Field Office

MIG -12, House No. 4-66-1/5, Lawson’s bay Colony,

Vishakhapatnam 530017, Tel: 0891-2793162, 2729755

Farmer Field Office

AJ 12, Mahavir Nagar, Banner – 344001

Tel: 02982-226513

Srinagar Field Office

H/12, Cooperative Colony, Srinagar-190014

Jammu and Kashmir, Tel : 0194-2437286/2481641

Bolangir Field Office

Adarshpada, Nr. Rajendra College

Bolangir-767002, Orissa, Tel : 06652-250082

Erasama Field Office

Sneha Abhiyan, Erasama, Jagatsinghpur Dist Orissa,

Tel: 06722-2246289

Dehradun Field Office

253/172 (Old No. 68/1) Chander Nagai,

Dehrachm248001, Tel: (0135)2520113

Debabrata’s, Mob: 9412992252

Koraput Field Office

Jharana Nivas, Pujaripur, Koraput – 764020

Tel: 06852-252451

Jagat Singhpur Field Office

Plot No. 4051/4759, At Post – Kherusa,

Jagatsinghpur 754103, Orissa

Tel: 06724-221257.Fax:06724-221279