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CAPART – Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology

CAPART is an autonomous society under the Ministry of Rural Development, established in 1986 to promote voluntary action towards implementation of projects for the enhancement of rural prosperity and to act as a catayst for development of technologies appropriate for the rural areas. Over the years, CAPART has assisted a large number of NGOs for implementation of variegated projects. CAPART’s assistance is spread over all parts of the country embracing diverse categories of schemes under Public Cooperation (PC), Organization of Beneficiaries, dissemination of Rural Technologies. Watershed Development and for people under Disability categories.

Re-engineering of CAPART

In order to achieve its larger objectives and perform the tasks assigned to it, CAPART has to reengineer its role and re-position itself appropriately to deal with the rural NGO sector in consonance with the hopes and aspirations of the people represented by this sector. Accordingly, the new Vision, Mission and revised set of Objectives of CAPART were considered and adopted by the Executive Committee and General Body of CAPART in their meetings held on 19th January, 2005.


The Vision of CAPART is to play a dynamic and catalytic role with the various GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AND NGOs, influence public policy and contribute its share towards the may-sided development of Rural India.


The Mission of CAPART is to work in close coordination with rural NGOs and empower them by:

Engaging them in dialogue.

Respecting their thoughts and ideas.

Listening to their voice.

Harnessing their resources.

Funding their activities.

Strengthening their hands, particularly the women, the weaker sections of society and the disabled and other underprivileged sections of rural society, and

Walk hand-in-hand with them on the road to rural properity.

Reclassified Programs and Schemes to be supported by CAPART in the context of its revised set of Goals and Objectives.

In response to the suggestions and ideas put forward by the NGOs during the Regional Meetings and in the light of experience gathered in the implementation of different categories of projects and having regard to innovation, flexibility and local needs and requirements called for on the part of CAPART, it is proposed to classify the schemes for assistance from CAPART under six broad categories. All these programmes being presently implemented by CAPART and those proposed to be undertaken in view of the new Vision and Mission are now part of these six reclassified categories. These reclassified categories of schemes have been worked out in such a way by retaining the existing schemes and also adding new schemes and bringing about rationalisation and concentrated focus under each category on one important dimension or other in the area of rural development. Above all, it should be mentioned here that CAPART will henceforth have a special scheme exclusively for rural women, SC/ST and disadvantaged and disabled categories of people for empowering them under the aegis of NGO action.

The reclassified programmes and schemes are :

1. Natural Resource Development and Management (NRDM)

2. Rural Industrialization, Income Generation and Market Access (RIIMA)

3. Technologies for Rural Development and Promotion of Information Technology (TRO & PIT)

4. Rural Infrastructure Development Scheme (RIDS)

5. Scheme for Empowerment of Rural Women, SC/ST and Disadvantaged Groups and for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in rural areas.

6. Human Resource Development Scheme (HRDS)

Main Characteristics of the Programmes and Schemes of CAPART

The changing guiding principle for funding is “Fund only those carefully selected ones who have done or have the potential of doing outstanding work in the empowerment and welfare of the disadvantaged”. Selection of such NGOs will be based on the objective assessment by CAPART and the concerned NSCs/RCs, keeping in view their ability to capitalise and underscore the intrinsic system of rural society and the rural poor.

The other aspect which CAPART laid emphasis on is “to reach out to the smaller NGOs and those working in remote areas who require hand holding and guidance in order to get access to CAPART assistance”.

It may be added here that CAPART’s main role is to support innovation and to publicise successful interventions by the voluntary sector to the wider world.

It is necessary to stress that implicit in the aforesaid objectives of CAPART is the philosophy that CAPART projects will be based on a holistic approach to rural development integrating various development activities for achieving the goals of preservation of bio-diversity and environment, enhancement of bio-mass production, social safety network, gender equity, rural health and education, revival of traditional knowledge and technologies and harnessing of locally available renewable sources of energy with the objective of making villages self-sufficient in energy requirements.

Details of the six classified Programmes & Schemes funded by CAPART

Nomenclature of the six classified Programme & Schemes there under for which CAPART assistance will be available

1. Natural Resource Development and Management (NRDM)

2. Rural Industrialization, Income Generation and Market Access (RIIMA)

3. Technologies for Rural Development and Promotion of Information Technology (TRD & PICT)

4. Rural Infrastructure Development Scheme (RIDS)

5. Scheme for Empowerment of Rural Women; SC, ST & Disadvantaged groups and for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in rural areas

6. Human Resource Development Scheme (HRDS)

Specific projects that could be formulated for CAPART assistance under the six classified programme and schemes

1. Natural Resource Development and Management (NRDM)


Development of land & traditional water resources

Conservation of soil and run-off water through various means

Promotion of moisture retention technologies

Promoting lift irrigation on riverbed

Development and exploitation of natural springs

Exploitation of ground water for irrigation

Roof water collection for recharging and drinking water

Water management

Development of environment through the promotion of social forestry

Farmers training and demonstration

Farmers exchange programme

Refinement of existing skills

Irrigation and land based development programmes for small and marginal farmers

Seed production and certification

Promotion of sustainable agriculture (to include promotion of composting, bio-pesticides post harvest technologies)

Fodder development & promotion programmes

Intervention during calamity for implementation of long term development programmes of rehabilitations and settlement.

II. Rural Industrialization, Income Generation and Market Access (RIIMA)

To focus on economic empowerment of rural entrepreneurs, optimize their productive efforts, facilitate marketing strategies designed to benefit them in the era of free exports and imports and global competition.

To promote market research, identification of areas of development and products relevant to rural areas.

Refinement/upgradation of prevailing skills through training to compete in the market.

Promotion of the establishment of Household, Village and Community Enterprises.

To take up Entrepreneurship Development Programmes.

To establish common infrastructural service centers to promote networking on design development, product diversification, sharing of expertise, standardization, branding, packaging and marketing.

To promote marketing efforts in association with the KVIC, trade associations etc. for the national market.

To set up rural godowns, haats and showrooms under the aegis of NGOs/SHGs and encourage them to take equity in these ventures and emerge in the process as promotes of value-added marketing facilities and ventures in their own areas and future establishment of rural stock exchanges in close collaboration with NABARD, SIDBI and other commercial banks.

To organize Gram Shree Melas, Buyers Seller Meets, Workshops, interactive sessions, etc. at the local regional and national level on expanded scale by establishing wherever necessary and feasible, permanent facilities for organizing these melas.

To facilitate direct exports, assistance will be provided to the potential NGOs/SHGs by introducing market access initiative schemes and market development assistance schemes on a sample basis with CAPART funding.

To encourage export efforts of the NGOs/SHGs on a sustainable basis, facilitate establishment of linkages between NGOs/SHGs with the concerned Export Promotion Council, export related agencies and associations and commodity boards of the Ministry of Commerce. Endeavour will be made to provide training opportunities

for the NGOs/SHGs under the HRD Schemes of CAPART by involving resource personnel from IIFT, NIFT, NID, Indian Institute of Packaging, banking institutions and other appropriate agencies.

Promotion of sustainable agriculture (to include promotion of composing, bio-pesticides, post harvest technologies)

Fodder development and promotion programmes

Intervention during calamity for implementation of long term development programmes of rehabilitation and resettlement

Organising aggressive publicity campaign and strategic marketing initiatives for popularizing and positioning of the products of the NGOs/SHGs in the national as well as in the international markets.

III. Technologies for Rural Development & Promotion of Information Technology (TRD & PIT)

To act as national nodal point for coordination of all efforts in development and dissemination of innovative technologies relevant to rural areas;

To act as a catalyst for development of technology appropriate for rural areas by identifying and funding sharply focused and need-based projects;

To act as a clearing house of information and build up a data bank of technologies for rural areas;

To facilitate validation of proven technologies for commercialization.

To acts as a conduit for transfer of appropriate rural technologies to voluntary agencies, Government departments, public sector undertakings and members of public;

To create a network of Voluntary Organizations on a regional basis which could understand and then carry forward the thrust of rural technology to the rural areas

To assist Voluntary Organisations to set up Demonstration Training Centres for upgrading the skills of village youth, artisans, women and other target groups for their effective participation in development programmes;

To conduct or sponsor awareness camps, training programmes, meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, consultations, to promote interaction between Government agencies, technical institutions and voluntary agencies working in the field of rural development and technology.

To document, prepare, print and publish papers, periodicals, bulletins, monographs, books, video Films and CDs etc. for dissemination of appropriate technologies.

Promotion of Technology’ Service Centers at Secondary Level

To propagate tested technologies

Refine the technology for adoption as per the local requirements through training and extension

To create multiplier effect through motivation and demonstration

Promotion of Communication Resource Network

It is meant for established and credible organizations to gather information on local developments, success stories etc. and share such relevant information amongst the organizations working in and around the area of operation through print and electronic media.

Training in Computer Application

To train rural youth for employment

To facilitate establishment of Internet Kiosks for Rural Areas

Popularization of computer application as teaching aids in rural schools

Promotion of e-commerce/online trading

Promotion of Networking among NGOs to share development experiences

Itellectural Property Rights and Related Issues

The programme is meant to facilitate NGOs to patent the technology, process etc, developed by them

IV. Rural Infrastructure Development Scheme (RIDS).

1. Rural Innovative Housing and Habitat Development

Livelihood component will be promoted for projects with credit tie-ups

Should be promoted preferably within the existing habitat

Cluster house promotion away from the existing habitat should have beneficiaries consent, developed internal link roads and transport linkage

Use of local materials and services to be promoted

Use of acceptable innovative technologies to be adopted

Training and production in building material manufacturing units to be promoted

Training of masons

Components eligible for funding: houses, latrines and soak pits, smokeless chulha, work sheds, community hall, internal road & drainage, plantation, kitchen garden, drinking water and a garbage collection center.

Solar Lighting with necessary subsidy component and tapping of other non-conventional energy sources will be promoted

Promotion of common community biogas to be promoted

Model habitat / village to be promoted on the lines of Heveda Bazar village, Nashik, Maharashtra

2. Environmental Sanitation

Creation of drinking water sources (community wells, hand pumps, drinking water ponds with filtration arrangements, spring exploitation, roof water harvesting, distribution of water filters, community desalination unit, community kund/tanka etc.)

Awareness Generation on health and hygiene

School Sanitation for both government and private schools with PTA participation

Promotion of appropriate, cost effective, individual latrines

Community Village Drainage

Recycling of solid and liquid waste

Promotion of nursery

Promotion of Kitchen/Nutrition/Herbal garden

Promotion of avenue plantation

Revival of defunct wells through water harvesting

Promotion of water recharging mechanism

Establishment of sanitary mart with building material manufacturing unit

Production of IEC materials

3. Other Rural Infra Structure Development Projects

Rural road development with community participation

Promotion of rural godowns/cold storage with bank finance

Establishment of rural markets (e.g. farmers market, raitu bazaar)

Establishment of community work sheds for rural artisans

Establishment of sustainable agro service centers including soil testing laboratories/vet centres polytechnic to train rural youth

Providing Urban Service in Rural Areas (PURA)

Resettlement and Rehabilitation of displaced families

Rolling Plan Financing Programme

NRI-NRIV Programme

V. Scheme for Empowerment of Rural Women; SC, ST & Disadvantaged groups and for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in rural areas

Mobilization, promotion & formation of SHGs/federations

Leadership training and capacity building

Skill Orientation for productive employment

Promotion of barrier free environment

Sensitization of employers (Public and Corporate Sectors)

Livelihood promotion with credit linkages/internal savings

Revolving fund and Seed Capital

Promotion of health and education

Empowerment through issue based awareness generation programmes (eg., girl child infanticide/foeticide, dowry, de-addition etc.)

Economic Rehabilitation of the Disabled with CBR activities

Advocacy on all matters connected with empowerment

VI. Human Resource Development Scheme (HRDS)

Training of Rural Youth for sustainable and gainful employment

Promotion of seminars/workshops on various aspects including traditional knowledge systems

Placement of Young Professionals (YPs) with NGOs and DRDAs

Experienced Professionals

Counseling services by CAPART

Sponsorship for attending regional/national/international workshops, training programmes and seminars.

Capacity building of Panchayati Raj functionaries

Capacity building of NGOs (micro planning, project formulation, accounting and governance, subject matter trainings etc.)

Promotion of Vikalp Fellowship

Internship programme for students specializing in rural development and related issues

Scholarship Programme for meritorious and talented youth from deprived communities (SC, ST, OBC, etc.)

Advocacy on all matters connected with empowerment

Eligibility Criteria for NGOs seeking CAPART support

1. Should have been registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or a State amendment thereof or the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 or the Religious and Charitable Institutions Registration Act, 1920.

2. Should have completed 3 years from the date of registration on the date of application filed with CAPART.

3. Should have a bank or post office account for the three years preceding the date of filling of application to CAPART for funding.

4. Rural Development should be one of the objectives in the Memorandum of Association.

5, Should be working with beneficiaries in rural areas even if the NGO’s headquarters is located in an urban area.

6. The area of operation must be rural, meaning thereby a village included within the jurisdiction of a gram panchayat; areas included within the limits of Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, Notified Area Committees and Town Panchayats will not be considered as rural areas.

7. Should comply with the requirement of IT Department (PAN, 12 A and 80 G) or should have at least applied for the same.

8. The organization should be broad based and representative in character. Composition of office bearers should not be related to each other or within the family or a family affair.

9. Should not have been put on the CAPARTs list of organizations to which funding has been suspended for acts of omission and commission.

10. Members of the sanctioning committees of CAPART, namely, EC/NSC/RC or their family members and/or relatives should not be the office bearers of the NGOs which are seeking assistance from CAPART.

11. There should not be more than three ongoing projects under implementation by the NGO with funding by CAPART on the date of application filed with CAPART.

Documents to be submitted along with the proposal (Copies should be attested by a Gazetted Officer)

1. Registration certificate

2. Bye-laws of the NGO (authenticity of the registration certificate in case of amendments, if any, subsequent to the registration of the NGO.)

3, Latest composition of the Managing Committee/Executive Body indicating the authenticity from the registration authorities.

4. Annual Report of the NGO during the last 3 years.

5. Audited accounts, viz.. Receipt and Payment Account, Income and Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet along with Auditor’s certificate and report.

6. Documents relating to PAN number/exemption order under Section 80G and 12A obtained from Income-tax Department/authority or request letters sent to Income Tax Authorities for obtaining these documents.

7. Bank/Post office pass book reflecting the transactions for the last 3 years.

8. Certificate from the Bank Manager / Post Master stating that the account is operative for the last 3 years.

9. Resolution of the society authorizing the Chief Functionary of the NGO to approach CAPART with the specific proposal for obtaining financial assistance.

10. Other documents relevant to specific project proposal, i.e. land pattas in respect of housing, land development programmes, NOC/permission from the owners of the common property, etc.

11. Certificate that a similar project proposal has not been submitted either to CAPART Head Office/Regional Committee or to any other funding agency and that it will not be submitted during the pendency of this proposal with the Regional Committee/HO.

Sanctioning and Implementation Procedures

Schedule of calendar for processing the applications of the NGOs up to the stage of issue of sanction letter

The proposals received from the NGOs will be cleared within the maximum period of 90 days from the date of its receipt in the office. In case of proposals requiring time consuming verification and for other complicated cases, the maximum period within which the proposal will be cleared is 120 days. The detailed schedule for processing the applications of the NGOs is as under:



Period (working days)

1. Examination of papers at a glance 2
2. File number generation in ITD 3
3. Desk appraisal by YP/RO/HoD/MC 10
4. Approval of DDG/MC for deputing monitor/calling for clarification and dending letter to the PE 5
5. Obtaining report from the monitor 15
6. Processing of monitors report by YP/RO/HoD/MC 10
7. Clearance of proposal by the RC/NSC 15
8. Finalisation/approval of minutes and communication of sanction of the NGO 15
Total 75

Maximum period for issue of sanction from the date of receipt of the application would be 90 days including holidays/Saturdays/Sundays.

In case of any incomplete information/documents, which are to be collected from the NGO, maximum time within which the proposal will be cleared is 120 days.

Desk appraisal

As soon as the proposal is received from the NGO, a computerized acknowledgement is sent to them. Later on the proposal is desk-apprised and if it fulfils the basic eligibility criteria and all mandatory documents are attached with the proposal, a computer-generated file number is given to it. If any technical details are missing, the NGO is asked to provide the same. In case the proposal is not technically and financially viable, it is rejected and the NGO is informed of the reasons for rejection. If the proposal is found to be feasible for consideration, the same is sent for pre-funding appraisal.

Pre-Funding appraisal

After the desk-appraisal of the proposal, CAPART sends its empanelled monitor for pre-funding appraisal to look into the following aspects:

Adherence to the statutory requirements – periodic filling of reports and returns with the registration authorities, filling of income tax returns, if any, compliance with the FCRA requirements, etc.

Maintenance of basic records – minutes book, books of accounts, etc.

To hold consultation with the members of the society for an assessment of the transparency in management within the society.

Rapport established both with the people and the local administration.

Consultations made with the people, panchayat functionaries, etc. in the formulation of project proposals.

Acceptance and viability of the proposal forwarded.

Comments on the need for the project proposed.

To hold consultations with the line departments, banks, etc. for sustainability of the project.

Specific recommendations of the monitor.

Meeting of the NSC/RC for consideration of the proposals

Based on the field assessment report received from the monitor, the project proposal is further processed/ recommendations are moderated in tune with the capacity of the NGO and the needs of the area. Accordingly the project proposals are placed before the NSC/RC depending upon the financial outlay of the project. The delegated financial outlay of RC/NSC/EC are as under:

Financial outlay up to Rs. 25 lakhs RC
Above Rs. 25 lakhs and up to Rs.1crore (in respect of NRDM project Above Rs. 25 lakhs & up to Rs. 1.50 crore) NSC
Above Rs. 1.50 crore in respect of NRDM EC

Issue of sanction letter with terms & conditions

Once the proposal is approved by the EC/NSC/RC, a sanction letter with detailed terms and conditions for implementing the project is issued to the NGO for their acceptance by the competent authority.

Procedure for sanctioning workshops, seminars and training proposals

Workshop/seminar/training projects are normally given to established NGOs having sufficient infrastructure and expertise. Proposals received in proper form will be cleared within one month from the date of receipt of the proposal and the funds sanctioned will be released along with the sanction to facilitate the NGO to conduct the workshop/seminar/training programmes as per the schedule proposed in consultation with the HQs/RCs concerned. If with regard to these proposals, there is a time-constraint, DG/DDGs will clear the proposals and place the same before NSC/RC for information.

On completion of the envisaged activity, NGOs are to furnish completion report containing information on the following:

Details of resource persons involved.

Details of NGOs who participated.

Details of topics covered including the exposure visit, if any, organized.

Audited statement of accounts and utilization certificate for the grant received by them.

A few photographs of the activity during the programme.

Feedback on the programme from the participants.

Suggestions for the future.

Procedure for approval of Gram Shree Melas-Buyer-seller Meets and exhibitions

Following is the procedure for approval of gran-shree melas-cum-buyer seller meets and exhibition:

MC will prepare a calendar of melas to be organized in their respective regions including the State capitals during a financial year and submit the proposal to the Headquarters along with the proposed locations, dates of the melas and the names of the NGOs for organizing the proposed melas.

The proposal will be examined in the Headquarters and the approval of the HQ will be communicated to the MC.

The identified NGOs will be asked to submit the proposal to the MC which will be scrutinized by his office as per the gramshree mela guidelines and will be forwarded to the HQ for approval.

After approval of the proposal by the Headquarter, the MC will issue the sanction letter to the NGO along with the list of participating NGOs for sending the invitation letters.

In addition to the gram-shree melas-cum-buyer seller meet, CAPART will also participate in relevant exhibitions organized by various other agencies.

MC will coordinate and get the gram-shree melas-cum-buyer seller meet monitored and report forwarded to the HQs.

Support Services of CAPART to NGOs

For implementation of the main schemes, following support services will be provided to the NGOs:

Information, Publicity, Facilitation & Consultancy Centers (IPFCCs)

Technology Service Centres (TSC)

Consultancy services

Media related activities

Augmenting resources of CAPART

Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI)

Technology Service Centres (TSC)

In the interest of advancement of different technologies including IT for rural development, TSCs are being given the status of vanguard in the technological transformation of rural India under the aegis of NGOs/ CAPART. This is a major initiative of CAPART with the objective of promoting scientific temper and technological bent of mind among the rural youth who should explore job opportunities with the aid of technologies in the emerging markets.

NGOs with expertise and potential in one or mere technologies with demonstrative acumen are eligible for TSC of CAPART. They should have minimum required infrastructure (Technical personal, training and demonstration facilities) and are in a position to conduct Trainer’s training programme, demonstration and transfer of technologies available with them to the target groups but have not yet undertaken any adaptive Research & Development due to which they are not eligible for TRC at present. Such NGOs may be considered for promoting Technology Service Centre (TSCs) with assistance from CAPART. These NGOs may build their capacity in course of time to be eligible for TRCs. The TSCs may be supported for conducting demonstrations, field trials, training, adaptive Research & Development, work-shops, seminars, documentation, publication, EDP, marketing etc. They will be assisted partially/fully to make R & D on the technology on a case to case basis to reduce cost and ensure economy in scale of production. Improvement and resultant acceptability of the technology will upgrade the status of the NGO to become TRC of CAPART in due course.

Application of potential technologies depends largely on area specific, need specific and geo-climatic dispensations. Minor modification, fine tuning required for the application of a particular technology will be supported by CAPART for its popularization and dissemination on a very large scale. Training, extension and demonstration of such technologies could be part of the overall package of the programme.

Consultancy Services

CAPART will identity experienced professionals who have sought either Voluntary retirement from Government or Private Sector or have duly retired from services and are available for productive developmental activities. Their skills and experience will be utilised by CAPART. A register will be maintained by CAPART containing the names of the EPs and their services will be made available to NGOs/DRDs/Others who need consultancy services.

Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRT)

One of the objectives of CAPART is networking with the State level and national level rural NGO fora and voice their hopes and aspirations and to build partnership alliance and also to identify and work in close contact and cooperation with the international rural NGO for a on appropriate lines for the benefit of the country.

The idea of setting up of State level forum of rural NGOs had come up for discussion in all the regional meetings held by CAPART. The idea was widely welcomed in all the meetings and some of the NGOs had taken steps to establish the forum in their States either on structured legal lines or in an ad-hoc voluntary fashion. The idea was thereafter discussed at national level which culminated into establishment of the Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI) at the national level as a registered society.

The objective of the move was that the CNRI would act as a platform at national level to voice the cause of NGOs like FICCI, Cll for industry and business sector. CAPART would also receive the suggestions of the State and national forum on the various programmes and activities commented upon by them and welcome new initiatives. Depending upon the capability of the forum, CAPART would also entrust them with the task of organizing large scale training programmes, market related events, regional seminars and workshops. etc.

National Registration of NGOs seeking assistance from CAPART

To promote and streamline the NGO movement, CAPART has opened a system of registration of all the NGOs interested in availing of CAPARTs assistance. The registration is open to all the registered organizations subject to making available the following documents:

An attested photocopy of the Registration Certificate/Registered Trust Deed.

An attested photocopy of the Memorandum of Association and Bye-laws relating to the society.

An attested photocopy of the bank pass book with transactions if any carried out.

An attested photocopy of the FCRA number accorded by the Ministry of Home Affairs, if any.

An attested photocopy of the Permanent Account Number (PAN), if any, obtained from the Income Tax Department.

Audited statement of accounts and Annual Reports, if any, prepared.

Credentials will be assessed and accordingly NGOs fulfilling the laid down requirements will be accorded accreditation number which will be quoted by the NGO for all correspondence with CAPART Head quarters/ RC.

Registration does not entail assurance of getting financial assistance from CAPART and the funding will be done as per the laid down procedure on merits.



Address of the Regional Committee Office

Area of Operation

1. Regional Representative and Member Convener North East Zone Regional Committee-CAPART Ashok Path, Bashishtha Road (Survey) Guwahati – 781028 Tel : 0361 – 2268368/2269113 Fax:0361-2222118 Email: [email protected] Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
2. Regional Representative and Member Convener North Zone Regional Committee-CAPART Tambi Towers, 3rd Floor, Sansar Chandra Road Jaipur-302017 Tel : 0141 – 2379783,2373460 Fax:0141-2379783 Email: [email protected] Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
3. Regional Representative and Member Convener West Zone Regional Committee-CAPART Navjivan Trust Campus, Ashram Road Ahmedabad-380 014 Tel : 079 – 7545072/7545073 Fax: 079-7545072 Email: [email protected] Maharashtra, Gujarat, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Goa
4. Regional Representative and Member Convener N 1-A/7, IRC Village, Nayapalli, Near CRPF Square Bhubneswar-751015 Tel: 0674-2552244,2551028 Fax: 0674-2552244 Email: [email protected] Orissa, West Bengal, Chattisgarth, Andaman and Nicnhar Islands
5. Regional Representative and Member Convenor Regional Committee, CAPART SCO/I 79-180, II Floor, Sector 17-C, Chandigarh Tel: 0172-2720465 Fax: 0172-2700457 Email: [email protected] Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh and Punjab
6. Regional Representative and Member Convenor South Zone Regional Committee, CAPART Faculty Building No. II, National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad – 500 030 Tel: 040-24017851 Fax: 040-24018669 Email: [email protected] Andhara Pradesh, Pondicheny and Tamil Nadu
7. Regional Representative and Member Convenor Central Zone Regional Committee, CAPART PICUP Bhawan, 6th Floor, Block – A Vibhuti Khand, Gornti Nagar, Lucknow-226010 Tel : 0522 – 2721695 Fax:0522-2721696 Email: [email protected] Uttar Pradesh and Uttranchal
8. Regional Representative and Member Convenor Regional Committee, CAPART Biscomaun Tower, 5th Floor West Gandhi Maidan, Patna-800 001 Tel: 0612-2211648 Fax:0612-2211648 Email: [email protected] Bihar and Jharkhand
9. Regional Representative and Member Convenor Regional Committee, CAPART Basava Nivas, Pavate Compount, UB Hill District; Dharwad (Karnataka) Tel: 0836-2440309 Fax: 0836-2447176 Email: [email protected] Lakshaeweep, Kamataka and Kerala

CAPART H.Q. Address

CAPART, Zone V-A, Core-C; 2nd Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003 Tel : 24642395, Fax : 24648607, Website:

British High Commission Small Grant Scheme

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) makes funds available to the British High Commission for small projects of developmental value. This fund is called the Small Grants Scheme (SGS). The British High Commission in Delhi administers SGS (For all States except those mentioned below), and our Deputy High Commission (BDHC) in Kolkata administers for West Bengal, Chennai for Tamil Nadu and Mumbai for Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa respectively.

SGS Mission

  • To reduce poverty within a sustainable development framework by supplementing large projects or fully supporting small project.
  • To encourage projects that aim to spread best practice among communities.
  • To maintain emphasis on capacity building through training, workshops etc so as to provide lasting benefits for the community.

Our Objectives

To support sustainable development throughout the country, project bids should match some of the objectives of DFID given below :

Policies and actions which promote sustainable livelihoods :

Sound policies and pro-poor economic growth; The development of efficient and well regulated markets; Access of poor people to land, resources and markets; Good governance and the realization of human rights; The prevention and resolution of conflicts; The removal of gender discrimination.

Better education, health and opportunities for poor people :

  • Lower child and maternal mortality rates
  • Basic healthcare for all, including reproductive services
  • Effective universal primary education
  • Literacy, accesses to information and life skills
  • Emergency and humanitarian needs

Protection and better management of the natural and physical environment :

  • Sustainable management of physical and natural resources
  • Efficient use of productive capacity
  • Protection of global environment

How to Apply for Funding Under the Small Grants Scheme

Under the Small Grants Scheme, grants can be made to organisations or institutions to assist projects whose primary purpose must always be developmental. The projects should also address at least one of DFID’s above mentioned objectives.

Project support will usually be for one year. In exceptional cases, funding can extend up to a maximum of three years. In any case the project should aim to become self-financing after the funding has ended in order to ensure programme sustainability.


1. Please note that the recipient organisation is required to make a contribution of at least 10% to the overall project costs.

2. We prefer to fund projects, which have a capacity building/training element We prefer not to fund recurring costs, such as administrative salaries and rent. We do not fund purchase of vehicles, construction activity and capital or infrastructure projects.

3. Recipients must refer to us for any changes in the use of grant expenditure, should it exceed 10% of the total project budget.

4. Organisations must submit half yearly progress reports on projects.

5. The Maximum yearly funding available is ht20,000 ht25,0000 but each year we will be looking for a range of different projects of varying sizes.

To apply for funds under the Small Grants Scheme, you will need to write an application in English which gives the following information. YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE NOT MORE THAN FIVE PAGES. APPLICATIONS MORE THAN FIVE PAGES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

1. Title of Project:

2. Details of Recipient Organisation:

i) Name of contact person

i) When the organisation was founded

iii) Number of staff – technical and administrative

iv) Your registration number under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976

v) Existing sources of funding

vi) Banking details (name & address of bank, account number, in whose name cheque/demand draft has to be drawn).

3. Background about the work of your organisation :

i) Overall goal

ii) Number of cities/districts/villages covered.

iii) Total population directly benefiting by the activities of the organisation.

iv) Current activities






4. The Project Description needs to include details of the:

i) Project goal

ii) Project area

iii) Target group

iv) Problem/s proposed project will address.

v) Give details of any ‘need assessment’ done in the area before deciding on the project.

vi) Who else will be affected by the project ? E.g. in the case of a project for street children, then are the police, employers, family members, etc. also affected ?

vii) Project activities planned to address the above problem/s listed at 4 (iv).





viii) Inputs (for each of the above mentioned activity).





ix) Outputs (for each of the project activities).





x) Role of the target group (4 iii)

xi) Role of other groups affected (4vi)

xii) Role of the organisation

xiii) Duration of the project

5. Project Budget:

Activity Resource Detail Total
For Example:
1. Community organization
1.1 Leadership Trng. Resource person-1 Rs. Y
For 10 women @ Rs. X x 4 days Rs. Y 1
For 4 days Food=@ Rs. X x 4=4×10
1.2 Follow-up for 10 Women for 2 days

6. Project Work plan:


Time Frame (Months)


1 2 3 4 5 6


For Example
1. Community Organisation
1.1 Village Meeting
1.2 Leadership Trng

7. Project Evaluation and Monitoring Indicators (for six monthly and annual reports)



1. Training needs assessment No. of interviews conduct’s & report completed
No. of workshops held & no. of participants
2. Training workshop No. of children who read and write
No. of children who can identify digits, count
3. Non-formal education programme No. of children who understand currency etc.

8. Project Sustainability:

How will the activities be sustained after BHC support for the project has been completed ?

Give details of plans for programme, finance and human resource sustainability.

9. Other Information:

Have you previously received funding from the British High Commission ? If yes, please give details.

Does your organisation have I inks with Britain ?

With your 5 page application, you need to send the following documents:

a) A Reference letter from the British Council Division/a British NGO or any other donor agency (Format enclosed)

b) A copy of the NGO’s Memorandum of Association

c) A copy of the NGO’s FCRA registration certificate

d) A copy of Audited Statement of Accounts for the last two years

e) The NGO’s most recent Annual Report.

Reference Letter

NGOs applying for funds to the British High Commission are expected to submit a reference letter from a known source like the British Council Division, British NGOs the DFID Field Management Offices, or from any other donor agency which has funded them in the past.

1. Name of the Agency providing the reference : …………………………..

2. Name and Designation of the Referee : ……………………………………

3. Address :……………………………………………………………………….

4. Telephone No. & Fax :

5. Name and Address of the NGO……………………………


6. Have you supported the NGO in question ? If yes, please give details : When, what kind of project, and for how much :

7. What has been your experience with the NGO ?

8. How would you rate the NGO in terms of the following :

( Rating : I – Excellent, 2 – Very Good, 3 – Good, 4 – Satisfactory, 5 – Poor)

Ability to mange account
Capacity to successfully
Ability to monitor progress
Analytical capacity

9. Would you recommend support to the NGO ?





This is a confidential document. Please send the form to us directly at the following address:

Development Officer, British High Commission, Shantipath. Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021

How to Apply

We place emphasis on sustainability. Our aim is to support projects in which the NGO seeks to hand over vital elements of the project to the community by the time we withdraw our support.

How to Apply

Step 1

Applications (with supporting documents) for the following financial •Year must reach us by 30 September.

(•The financial year runs from I April to 31 March)

Step 2

By end January the following year, we scrutinise and short-list project bids and present them to our Project Panel•• (••The Project Panel comprises cross-departmental BHC staff, empowered to both advise and

sanction, and is designed to ensure transparency and accountability)

Step 3

In February and March we appraise short-listed projects.

Step 4

By 31 Marth we inform successful organisations of our support.

Our Support

Duration of Projects

We generally support one-year projects, but will consider up to three years in exceptional cases.

Case of Projects

We currently support projects ranging in value from Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh.

Indicators of Favoured Bids

Favoured Bids Should:

Have FCRA and include letters of reference from other known international organisations that have supported them in the past.

Have proven experience in the project area at field level.

Show clear inputs and measurable outputs/outcomes (e.g. nos. of children rehabilitated, no. of women’s group formed etc.).

Not have been supported by the BHC within the previous three years.

Please keep the following in mind

The Project Panel comprises cross departmental BHC staff, empowered to both advise and sanction, and is designed to ensure transparency and accountability.

The financial year runs from I April to 31 Marth.

We do not entertain applications received after 30 September

We respond to the short-listed applications during Janurary and February

British Deputy High Commission – Mumbai

2nd Floor, 222 Jamnalal Bajaj Road, PO Box 11714, Nariman Point, Mumabi – 400 021

Tel: (022)22833602/0517/2330

British Deputy High Commission – Kolkata

IA Hochi Minh Saroni, Kolkata 700 071, Tel : (033) 22885172

British Deputy High Commission – Chennai

20 Anderson Road, Chennai -600 006, Tel: (044) 52192151

For Details Please Contact

Development Officer

British High Commission

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, Tel: 011-26 87 2161, Fax: 011-26 87 34 18

Website : (Search for Small Grant Scheme)

BNI Misner Charitable Foundation

The BNI Foundation is a non-profit program that supports charitable causes relating to children and education in countries where BNI is operating. The primary focus of the foundation is to provide small mini-grants ($500.00 or less) for educational projects. These grants are given out once a year, generally in September.

Because of the growth of BNI, the organization felt that it would be a good opportunity to give back to some of the communities in which BNI operates.

Foundation Structure

The complete name for this foundation is the BNI-Misner Charitable Foundation. This is a charitable fund that is part of a foundation that has been around for eighty years, and has recently been ranked among the top ten foundations in the world. The name of the parent foundation is the California Community Foundation. BNI has connected with this existing foundation to reduce the time and cost of creating a stand-alone foundation. For more information on the California Community Foundation, you may view their website at

Mini-Grant Criteria and Guidelines

The International Board of Advisors for BNI (made up of members throughout the world) has selected education and children to be themes for this foundation. The BNI Foundation will make contributions to legitimate charitable causes only. In the United States, that includes organizations with the IRS designation of 501 (C) (3). The only other type of organization that the Foundation will support includes public schools. These are the only organizations which mini-grants will be given to.


Mini-grants must meet the following criteria:

1. The request must be made by teachers, educators and/or program coordinators.

2. The project must meet the Foundation theme (children and/or education).

3. The request must be for a specific project with a clear purpose and well stated objective(s).

4. The grantee must send photos or a brief summary of the results of the project when completed.

5. The entire project cannot exceed $500.00 (U.S.).

6. The teacher, educator, or coordinator overseeing or managing the project must submit the grant request on behalf of the organization for the grant.

7. Without exception, grant checks may be cut only to a charitable, non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization or a public school.

All Mini-Grants are subject to approval

The BNI Foundation is looking for projects with demonstrated results in one of the following areas : Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Arts, Health, Language, Self-Esteem, and/or Technology.

Submitting a Grant Application

Complete a grant application (found at and email it to [email protected] Emailed submissions are required.

The BNI Foundation reserves the rights to select recipients of mini-grants at its sole discretion.

BNI Foundation Grant Application

Please review the “Mini-Grant Criteria and Guidelines” before completing these questions.

Then email your completed application with responses for all 19 items to [email protected] as a Microsoft Word file or RTF ext file.

1. Applicant’s Name :

2. Organization’s Name:

Is this a Public School or a Charitable Non-Profit Organization ? _____________________________________

Please provide 501 (c) (3) Identification : _________________________

3. Address, City, Zip/Postal Code and Country _______________________

Please note, in order to be eligible, it is necessary to be in a country in which BNI is operating.

4. Home Phone:

5. School Phone:

6. Position & Subject Area

7. Grade:

8. Number of students in class :

9. Amount requested:

10. Name of project:

11. Description of project:

12. Potential benefits of project:

13. How will benefits be determined ?

14. How will funds be allocated ?

15. List any other funding source:

16. Are you willing to provide photos, or some type of documentation of how this grant was used  If yes please describe :

17. Principal’s name:

18. Do you have his/her approval for this project ?

19. Your e-mail address:

Contact at


email: [email protected]

Association for India’s Development

Who We are

Association for India’s Development, Inc. (AID) is a voluntary’ non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development in India, by- working with grassroots organizations and movements in India. AID supports and initiates efforts in various inteconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women’s empowerment and social justice.

AID, Inc. is registered with the US Federal Government as a non-profit charitable corporation under the category 501 (C) (3). Its federal Tax – ID is 2652609. Since September 2003, Aid has started operating as an unincorporated association with a different Tax ID. Aid accounts are by an independent Certified Public Accountant, as per IRS regulations. Documents and information pertaining to AID will be provided on request, or can be obtained from the Secretary of State for the cost of copies and postage.

A.I.D at a Glance:

Founded : 1991
Incorporation Completed : 2003
Chapter in the Us : 36
Number of Volunteers : ~500
Number of Salaried Employees : none
Chapters in India : 4
Fulltime Volunteers in India : 4
Projects Supported so far : 365
Projects Currently Ongoing : ~100
Indian States Covered : 18
Projects Sites Visited : All

“Compassion wherever there is suffering. Conviction that the compassion is strong enough to eliminate suffering. Courage to make this conviction a reality. This is AID” History of AID

The Beginning

It was the early 1990’s. Out of curiosity I went to a mela organized by some India groups. The theme was to tell slogans in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC. We want to see every problem solved and so there must exist the required “can do” spirit that we shouldn’t bottle due to a lack of vision.

On the 10th year !!

On the 10th year of Aid I feel our strength lies in our volunteers and we need to develop ourselves completely since this resource is needed by many causes and groups


The problems of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, dependency, disease, social inequalities, corruption and the dwindling of natural resources like land, forests and water reinforce one another.

One problem leads to the other and feeds on another. Therefore the solutions to these problems must be interconnected, just like the problems themselves.

This interconnected nature of the problems neither starts nor stops with the people who are poor it affects all of us. Our inability to tackle these problems, take the initiative, trust and work with others and overcome the fear to question authority or change life-styles is very much a part of this web of problems and has to be tackled.


To cover both the breadth of the country and the depth of the problems in a holistic manner through:

  • Several short-term projects geographically distributed throughout India.
  • A deeper long-term involvement in selected efforts, the goal being to reach every district or alternate district in India with one such focus effort.

Simultaneously measuring progress through the yard-sticks of self-reliance, people’s involvement and volunteerism. Responding personally to people we meet as we undertake this challenge together.


Address: Association for India’s Development, P.O. Box-149, College Park, MD 20741, USA

E-mail: [email protected]


In India, you may contact a volunteer of AID who is at Delhi-Mr. Anuj Grover

Phone: 098 18248459. email: [email protected]

Ashoka : Innovators for the Public

Ashoka : Innovators for the Public is a global non-profit organization committed to building the profession of social entrepreneurship. Founded in 1981, Ashoka has pioneered the “social venture capital” approach in international development. Ashoka invests in exceptional individuals and their ideas to help them achieve large-scale social impact.

Social entrepreneurs are practical visionaries whose drive and creativity have the potential to bring about large-scale social change. These exceptional individuals who can be found in all cultures, pioneer innovative solutions to social problems. They cannot rest with local demonstrations of their ideas and are committed to changing patterns in their field.

Ashoka identifies leading social entrepreneurs when they are in the early take-off stage and invests in their ideas two ways :

Financial – by providing them with a living stipend for three years that allows them to focus fulltime on their ideas.

Association and Professional Development by electing leading social entrepreneurs into Ashoka’s Global Fellowship, This is the first and the only worldwide network of leading social entrepreneurs that fosters collaborations between Fellows nationally and internationally. Ashoka also provides valuable contacts and information to Fellows to spread their innovations and build long-term sustainability.

Over 1200 Ashoka Fellows are currently working in 44 countries in diverse fields such as education, health, gender rights, environment, human rights etc. to bring about advances in areas of social concern.

Ashoka India

Ashoka was launched in India in 1981. In 1982, we elected the first group of Ashoka Fellows.

Since, then Ashoka India has grown into a rich fellowship of 217 fellows who are working in diverse fields.

Ashoka India’s Venture and Global fellowship programs have been made richer by the ownership and guidance of Fellows. India has been the launch pad for two global initiatives of Ashoka.

Ashoka launched Changemakers – the first magazine devoted to the field of social entrepreneurship – from India. The environmental Innovations Initiative, a global program that involves Ashoka Fellows around the world working in diverse areas of environmental protection was flagged off from India in 1999.

In 2000, the Citizen Base Initiative was launched in India. This program focuses on the growth and sustainability of ideas implemented by social entrepreneurs. Ashoka is building a partnership with MCKinsey & Company where McKinsey consultants provide pro bono strategy and organizational consulting to Fellows and offer training in communication and fundraising.

Social entrepreneurship in India has only made the movement stronger. As innovative ideas and leading social entrepreneurs succeed, they encourage many more to build approaches to social change.

Ashoka takes its name after the India ruler who unified India in the 3rd century B.C. Remorseful over causing much bloodshed during the Kalinga war, he renowned violence and dedicated his life to the peaceful establishment of social welfare and economic development. Ashoka is remembered as one of the world’s earliest social innovators. In Sanskrit, Ashoka means the “active absence of sorrow”, the cornerstone of the work of Ashoka : Innovators for the Public and its Fellows.

Association and Global Fellowship Services

“The Global Fellowship of Ashoka is much more than networking. It is about robust communication, systems for building linkages and a team of professionals that facilitates critical thinking among fellows on concepts and principles. The Global Fellowship opens pathways for us to build upon ideas at a broader level.

-Asoka Fellow, Jeroo Billimoria

Ashoka recognizes that financial investment is not enough for successful launch of its. Fellows and their powerful ideas. Ashoka leverages its investment by making available a range of value-added services like a professional association, Ashoka enhances the effectiveness of its members by providing contacts and information, as well as faster collaboration among Fellows through Fellowship network. Providing these opportunities is key to the success of the Ashoka Fellowship. The service includes:

Local Fellowship Meeting

In areas of each country where a cluster of Fellows exists, the Fellows meet periodically to share ideas, discuss common challenges, and develop practical collaboration.

Fellowship Support services

Ashoka Fellowship support services primarily respond to Fellow request for information, informs them of important development in their fields, and provide contacts and travel supports. It also systematically links Fellows to one another and others in the field.

Ashoka India also publishes Billboard, a quarterly newsletter that is disseminated to all fellows, nominators and Olivers with whom Ashoka wishes to communicate with. The Billboard helps fellows communicate with one another on their activities and programs, or their requests. Typically each Bilboard profiles the works of 7-10 fellows.

Local Challenge Funds and Global Collaboration Grants

These flexible, competitive matching funds support proposals made by groups of Fellows within a country, region or across continents to address common needs, challenges or opportunities.

Fellow Exchange Grant

Ashoka assists fellows with travel grants for international and local travel opportunities to meet with, partner and collaborate with other fellows, within the country and outside, as the case may be.

Internet Incentive Fund / Listserv

Ashoka provides a small, competitive matching fund to enable Fellows who are not on- line to purchase hardware, receive training and/or subscribe to an internet service. Once they are connected, all Fellows have the opportunities to participate in on Ashoka Fellow Listserv.

The Innovative Learning Initiative (ILI)

Ashoka’s Innovative Learning Initiative (ILI) is focused on tipping the thinking about the role of young people in society so that youths themselves become actors in social change for the betterment of their own lives. This will dramatically improve the quality of children’s lives by increasing their skills, learning, leadership and engagement in the community. ILI will do this by harnessing Fellows innovations and efforts to give young people the tools, encouragement and inspiration to create a social movement of young changemakers.

The Environmental Innovations Initiative (Ell)

Ashoka’s Environmental Innovations Initiative (Ell) gathers the insights from the Fellowship and the work of other environmentally focused social entrepreneurs. Once collected, the Ell puts these insights in the hands of those who can use this knowledge to improve how people impact the environment and the environment impacts us.

The Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE)

This provides pro bono strategy and organization consulting to Fellows and offers training in communication, fundraising and other areas.

The Citizen Base Initiative (CBI)

The Citizen Base Initiative aims to change the way the Citizen Sector thinks about resource mobilization from reliance on a small group of international funders to a diversified base of local support. This initiative challenges the civil society sector through competition, awards and workshops.

Bridges to Universities and Society (BUS)

A program which takes social entrepreneurship to universities and colleges across the country.


In 1993, Ashoka created the first magazine dedicated to the profession of social entrepreneurship. Currently www. changemakers. net is a monthly online publication that profiles leading social entrepreneurs and innovative solutions to the problems they face.

Ashoka’s Search and Selection Process

Ashoka has developed an explicit criteria for distinguishing leading social entrepreneurs : individuals who possess a new idea that has the potential to effect systemic social change at least at the national, if not regional, level. These criteria are –

  • An original idea for solving an important social problem.
  • Creativity in vision, goal-setting and problem-solving.
  • Entrepreneurial skill and experience.
  • The ability to think through details of implementation.
  • A realistic action plan likely to have national impact; and
  • A deep, reliable ethical composition.

Step I: Nomination

Applications are welcome from anyone, but Ashoka’s Nominators play a critical role both in identifying candidates and in screening out many more. Ashoka’s nominators comprise opinion leaders in various fields with the experience and eye to spot the caliber of people we support. Nominations can be sent to the appropriate regional offices of Ashoka India. Candidates can also directly apply to Ashoka for a Fellowship.

Step 2 : Site Visits

The Ashoka Regional Representative reviews each candidate’s application, and then conducts independent reference and background checks, site visits, and interviews. The Representative drafts a profile of the candidate highlighting the candidate’s new idea, the problem it is addressing, its implementation strategy, and the candidate’s personal background.

Step 3 : Second Opinion Review

Once the Representative has made his or her recommendation supporting a candidate, that candidate goes through on intensive second opinion review by a senior Ashoka professional who has never seen the case before and comes from outside the country. This review includes on (typically) four to seven hour) interview with the candidate that explores his or her life history and the idea quite afresh. The second opinion review helps the international staff calibrate its work from country to country, and helps train the Representative.

Step 4 : Selection Panel

The Panel, made up of social entrepreneurs, is responsible for ensuring that those elected are likely to become truly first rate, at least national-scale, social entrepreneurs. In making these decisions, the Panel defines the emerging field of social entrepreneurship. The Panel is guided in its deliberations by these cardinal principles:

  • Confidentiality
  • When a member knows a candidate personally or has a working relationship deeper than casual professional contact, the member will notify his fellow panelists and not participate in the decision-making regarding that case. However, if the Panel 1st is comfortable, he or she may contribute as a knowledgeable resource.

Step 5 : Board Approval

The final stage is approval by Ashoka’s international Board of Directors to ensure worldwide standards and consistency.

Ashoka’s Offices

Ashoka India
Ashoka India
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +918042745777 / +918025350730
Office Address:
Ashoka India
54, 1st Cross Road
1st Stage, Domlur
Bengaluru 560071


Andheri-Hilfe Bonn


Address: M – 76, Madhusudan Nagar, Bhlibneshwar 751001, Orissa
Phone: 0674-2410924/2405769
Contact Person: Mr. Albert Joseph
Email: [email protected]
Website: (German)
Mission: Development in an organic process. It should go beyond projects.
Brief History: Working since 1966 in last 36 years. Handling at present 360 Projects in India. AH has 3 offices in India – Bhubneshwar, Trichy and Mangalore.
Issues Undertaken: All developmental issues / topics – where people are involved.
Geographical Coverage: Entire India
Eligibility Criteria: VOs / NGOs having FCRA, Good Credibility and People’s Involvement.

About Us

The Andheri-Hilfe Bonn (Germany) is a free, independent organization of development co-operation. It developed from a private initiative for distressed children in Andheri with Bombay and works since 1967 as non-profit association.

By this time we contribute more than 450 projects and program in India and Bangladesh for the social and economic development of the poorest subpopulations. The emphasis of our promotion lies in the ranges of social work, education and health service as well as agricultural and village development (more to it you find under projects ). We render ‘help to the self-help’, in order to develop no new dependence or maintain old.

Our work is supported by approx 25,000 private donors, groups and companies and public means from the budget of the Federal Ministry for economic co-operation and development ( BMZ) and the commission of the European union.

Principles of our work

We want to reach the poorest social community, without consideration for race, color, caste or religion.

We focus on causes for poverty instead of symptoms, to eliminate it and to make sustainable solutions at grass root level.

The projects promoted by us are to contribute to strengthen human rights and to fight any form from discrimination to.

The stabilization of the self-help forces, the personal responsibility and the self-determination of the target group are important to us – they must participate at planning and execution of the project intensively.

We exclusively co-operate with native (local) agencies responsible for the project: Nobody differently knows the situation, the culture, humans locally as well as it.

We make sure that the surrounding field is included into the project planning: If networks develop, people themselves can make attempt for their rights.

We examine whether the project measures pollution free and lasting, i.e. the bases of life of also future generations retain and strengthen.

We respect the cultural values of the target groups and promote them to retain them the valuable traditions and ways of life.

We attach importance on intensive, partnership dialogue with the agencies responsible for the project. It concerns mutual learning.

We want to give only temporally limited starting in each case: We support the target group to plan from the outset the continuation of the project from own forces.

The native (local) agencies responsible for the project must be ready and able to submit regularly project reports and accounts as well as to accept – also unangekuendigte -attendance of our coworkers.


The sixties: It concerns naked surviving of the home children in the pc. Catherine’s Home into Andheri of Bombay.

The seventies : Precipitous rise of the activities: Promotion of further children’s homes in India. Start of the action “blind healing Bangladesh”. Building of the Andheri assistance center in Bonn.

The eighties: Intensive entrance into village programs, woman Mrs., obstruction rehablitation in India. Increased activities for the blind ones in Bangladesh.

The nineties: Projects and programs are locally planned ever more intensively and converted with the population. Native coworkers transfer the company and co-ordination of the programs in close co-operation with the Bonn center. The first years in the new millenium: Increasing globalization with all its effects on the poorest ones means new challenges. Change of generations in the Andheri assistance secures future.


The youngest TV film shows on the basis examples of a project “development is female”: Women are the most energetic carriers of the development. The founders of the Andheri assistance, Rosi Gollmann, hands the association presidency, which she held 34 years through honorary, to the woman employee of many years to the Andheri assistance over e. V., Elvira Greiner. It remains for their life’s work as well as the friends and partners here and in the projects connected as a honorary chairman and by its further proven cooperation.


In January millionste eye operation under the program of the Andheri assistance takes place in Bangladesh. “Millionaerin” is blind for many years the fourteen-year old Hasna, to see lucky now. The well-known journalist and TV moderator the German public impresses Franz alto with its current documentary film “from the luck to see”. Many new friends and donor support the work of the Andheri assistance.

Programs/ Issues

Child promotion

Professional (Vocational) training

Woman Development/Empowerment

Village development

Blind assistance

Rehabilitation of obstructions and leprosy patient

Some Examples

Child project partnership

The promotion of children (of slum, street, child labor, out of school children, girl child etc.) stands for the Andheri assistance in the first place, because they suffer from hunger and emergency, from illiteracy and in former times gainful employment at most. Beyond that it concerns also to open to them apart from a child-fair development future chances and make possible for them a human being-worthy life.

If poverty is in the family the reason for the fact that parents had to away-send their children, then parents of the project are supported and possibilities are looked for, which up-improve the income of the family on a long-term basis.

Important is also to sensitize and organize parents and actively into the work merge. Parents of the children in the project united in so-called groups of self-helps and to support the school and the center energetically. Different advanced training are offered in addition to them, in order to prevent that they work their children again send. Besides parents in so-called savings clubs organize themselves, so that they can put from their income somewhat yielding interest back. Thus their economic situation is improved and it is not longer forced, their children in emergency situations works to send.

As preventive measure in the surrounding villages and Slums so-called youth clubs are organized. There the topic kinderarbeit will become treated and parents over the important meaning of education cleared up.

Vocational/Livelihood/Professional Training project partnership

One of the largest problems of India and Bangladesh is country-wide high unemployment and under employment. The experience shows that more investments alone in basic formation are not sufficient to bring humans in work. The education and professional training is necessary. There are approximately 62,500 training places for vocational education in Bangladesh. In contrast to this are available over eleven million places for general education. The mobile training centres carry teeth out and successfully prepare the apprentices for the working life. From where does success come?

Woman Development project partnership

Women to promote, is us a particularly important request. Women belong often to the group of the poorest ones to arms. Concretely: Women are suppressed and exploited. They have no (away to) Bildungschancen, must more work than men, received however clearly smaller wages, are badly nourished.

Village development

We will use your regular allowances for a project in the Kalahandi district of the Indian Federal State Orissa. This district belongs to the poorest and unterentwickeltsten regions of India. In particular the natives (Adivasis), who are members low box and the group that box lots (Dalits) here in more economically, more social and legal regard disadvantages. They require urgently the assistance, that can become in some cases the survival assistance.

The Andheri assistance Bonn promotes landless families in the Kalahandi district by means of its partner of many years Jagruti became impoverished and in the context of a project for integrated village development. A goal of the project is it to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic situation of the poorer and poorest subpopulations.

Thus a movement, in which the Adivasis regains its self value feeling, develops itself in which it among themselves encourages to fight for its surviving in the homeland. These humans do not need our alms, it need also not the luxury of the large cities, it would like in its villages their lifestyle to survive accordingly. With joy we support these communities, which threaten to go down otherwise regarding the “modem” world. Here it applies to secure for families their future – and the irreplaceable culture of these natives to retain.

Project partnership blind healing

Since the start of the action blind healing Bangladesh in the year 1974 over 7000 Eye Camps (mobile eye treatment camps) were accomplished. Nearly thirteen million eye patient could there and in the hospitals examined and, if necessary, are operated.

On 2 January 2003 the einmillionste eye operation took place, which the 14-jaehrigen Hasna their eyesight on an eye returned. Few months later a further successful operation at the second eye of Hasna took place.

To large success above all six so genannnte basis eye hospitals with a capacity up to 40 beds and the large eye hospital in the port Chittagong with 110 beds contributed. The hospital in Chittagong has the call to be one the best in south Asia. Here also the opticians of the basis hospitals are trained further and. The hospitals are led of our partner of the “Bangladesh national Society for the blind” (BNSB).

Leprosy project partnership

Despite all scientific progress leprosy is still a scourge of mankind. Since it always concerns to the Andheri assistance in all work on the project the poorest ones, around to the edge the pushing, the leprosy patients represent one of our special target groups. Several settlements could already into the independence will dismiss; but many wait still.


Andheri Hilfe, Bonn e.V.

Mackestrasse. 53

53119 Bonn, Germany

Phone: 0049(228) 67 15 86

Fax: 0049(228) 68 04 24

Email: [email protected]

Website: (Website is in German. You have to get it translated.)

American India Foundation (AIF)


The American India Foundation (AIF) is dedicated to accelerating social and economic change in India.


To contribute to building an India where all people can gain access to education, health care, and employment oppurtunities and where all Indians can realize their foil potential.

To build a trusted bridge between the dreams and aspirations of individuals who care about India and their realization.

To provide a secure channel for philanthropic funding in the United States and its effective investment in the best Indian non-governmental organizations that have innovative and scalable projects.

To build a professional organization that is secular, transparent, credible and accountable for all its activities.

Contact Person in India

Mr. Shankar Venkateswaran, Executive Director

Mr. Alay Barah – Livelihood Program & Relief and Rehabilitation

Ms Smita, Director – Education Program

Ms Namrata Asthana, Program Coordinator – Service Corps Fellowship Program

Mr. N. Sundera Krishnan, Digital Equalizer Program

Geographical Area of Operation

Entire Country (At the moment, Jan 2005) the programs supports are in Gujarat, A.P., M.P., Karnataka, Hariyana, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, W.Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Orissa.

Target Group

Poor and Marginalised people with the focus on women, disabled, Dalits, Tribals and other weaker section. It may be both in rural areas as well as in Urban areas.



Our Strategy : Achieving universal elementary education is the main focus of AlF’s education grant-making. AIF believes that elementary education is the government’s responsibility and to that end, our grants support innovations that demonstrate methods of educating children who are not receiving a quality education from the existing system. AIF seeks to engage the government to adopt these models into the mainstream education system so that parallel education structures are avoided.

AIF focuses its grants on two specific areas that will have a great impact on increasing the number of children who receive a quality elementary education. These areas are :

1. Increasing the retention of children in school through raising the quality of education by:

Improving leaning achievement to bring students to grade-level knowledge

Improving physical facilities

Reducing teacher shortages

Improving outdated teaching processes

2. Increasing access to education of children who have never been to school or who have dropped out of school by:

Creating additional educational venues and altenative educational facilities.

mplementing curricula and teaching methods that are sensitive to the needs of first generation learners.

The target – group are generally Girls, Dalit, Migrant Children, Sex-worker’s children, Dop-out and never school gone children and HIV positive children. It may be also Disabled Children and such children who have been generally neglected.


Our Strategy : AIF livelihood grants focus on giving poor people greater access to resources and on providing them with alterative opportunities to sustain themselves. AIF believes that building livelihood is about increasing income as well as assets; and Alf places women at the center of its efforts.

To achieve these aims, AlF’s livelihood strategy has three parts :

1. Improving natural resource management by :

Increasing water-harvesting and storage.

Protecting forests through greater community ownership.

Increasing agricultural productivity through better technology and crop diversification, thereby protecting the environment.

2. Increasing access to capital through micro-finance by :

Providing collateral-free micro-credit for a diverse range of livelihood options.

Providing additional inputs such as insurance, health care and training in entrepreneurship that result in increased incomes and better overall development.

3. Improving livelihood of the urban poor by:

Providing skills training.

Creating organized support systems for workers in the informal sector.

The livelihood program should be an integrated approach of skill training, business development plan, placement and proper marketting network.

Relief and Rehabilitation

AIF supports for the relief adn rehabilitation of profile affected due to some disaster. It has given supports to victims of Gujarat Earthquake for the projects such as :

Entrepreneurship training for children.

Watershed management in drought prone areas.

Educating children of migrant workers in salt producing areas.

Provision of micro-credit to women.

Relief and Rehabilitation program is also generally focused mainly on ‘Livelihood and ‘Education’ for the victims.

Digital Equalizer (DE)

The DE program trains and equips teachers and students to utilize digital technology in their existing educational curricula. AIF establishes DE centers in clusters of 10 underserved schools in a given area for a period of three years.

Each DE center has five to ten multi-media computers, access to uninterrupted power supply, high-speed Internet connectivity, and educational software. Teachers in the school receive training on utilizing Computer Aided Learning (CAL) to supplement text books and to open up new worlds for their students.

Through the DE initiative, AIF has trained over 1,500 teachers, who have in turn enabled 35,000 students who had previously not had access to computers and the Internet to become digitally proficient.

Some of the other noteworthy accomplishments of teachers and students participating in the DE program include:

Created school websites at 80 percent of schools with DE centers.

Developed over 500 multimedia lessons in eight different languages.

Initiated over 80 tele-collaborative projects connecting students within India and across the world.

Alf supports each DE center for three years and after that time assists in making them self-sustaining through engaging local corporate and government institutions. The state governments of Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are investing in DE centers along with AIF. And many DE centers are now being supported by business in local communities, who see the value in enabling children to access the world of digital technology.

Service Corps Fellowship

The goals of the program are to cultivate passionate and skilled American leaders with deep exposure in India’s development and to provide Indian NGOs the services of skilled Americans Selection to the Fellowship is highly competitive. Since its inception, the Fellowship has sponsored 71 Americans to work with over 30 Indian NGOs. Through their experience, the Fellows get direct exposure to the pressing development challenges of India, and they respond to these needs by implementing projects on a range of issues, including public health, human rights, micro-finance, education, women’s empowerment and the environment.

Selected accomplishments of the 2003-04 class of Fellows include :

A status report on the elimination of child labour in Kamataka.

A marketing strategy for the horticulture products of a women’s cooperative in Himachal Pradesh.

A survey on the strigma faced by people living with HIV/AIDS in Delhi.

An art therapy curriculum for street children in Chattisgarh.

How / When to Apply

NGO/VO may apply any time in the year. But it is suggested to first submitt a concept paper which should have basic information about the organisation and in brief about the project with budget.

When the concept note is approved then generally the field is visited and detailed proposal is invited.

AIF New York Office

American India Foundation, C/o Mckinsey & Company, 55 East 52nd Street, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

Tel : 001-888-AIF-51ND, Tel : 001-888-243-4463, Tel : 001-212-891-4654, Fax:001-212-891-4717

AIF California Office

American India Foundation, 647 Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas, CA 95035. Tel : 001-408-934-1600,

Fax : 001-408-934-1612

AIF India Office

American India Foundation, 15/11 Ground Floor, Sarva Priya Vihar, New Delhi 110016.

Phone/Fax; 91-11-51 82 88 01 email : name of the person with dot in between e.g. [email protected]

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, non-denominational, development agency, established by Aga Khan in Switzerland in 1967. The Foundation seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty through an integrated, community based, participatory approach that reinforces civil society and respects local culture. The Foundation’s activities are guided by the conviction that self-help brings dignity and self-respect, which in turn helps realise human potential. Branch offices are located in Bangladesh, Canada, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

AKF, although formally a funding agency, involves itself actively in the planning and execution of its projects. Grants are made to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that share the Foundation’s goals. In some cases, where there is no appropriate partner, the Foundation may help to create a new NGO or may manage projects directly. Currently the Foundation funds over one hundred projects in thirteen countries. It has built a reputation for effective grant management within a clearly defined thematic strategy and geographic focus. The Foundation’s programmes are funded with the generous assistance of more than sixty national and international development agencies and of many thousands of individuals and corporate donors.

In India, AKF works essentially in three thematic areas. Health, Education, and Rural Development. The fourth thematic area aimed at building capacities of local non-governmental and non-profit organisations called NGO Enhancement’ is a new area that the Foundation is venturing into. The Foundation’s implementing partner for rural development is the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. AKF is at present working in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, A.P., M.P. and Delhi.


The Foundation’s health programme seeks to achieve sustainable improvements in the health status of vulnerable groups, especially women of childbearing age and children under five, with a focus on:

Strengthening health systems by ensuring better utilisation of existing public sector facilities and constructing quality health care and diagnostic centres.

Developing integrated health systems that incorporate reproductive, child survival and environmental health interventions and enable provision of preventive, promotive and curative care.

Participatory approaches that build local capacity, enterprise and foster local ownership and management of programmes.

Cost-recovery merchanisms such as user fees and health insurance that ensure financial sustainability.

Disseminating lessons learned to encourage mainstreaing initiatives and where warranted, changes in health policy.


The Aga Khan Foundation’s education programme seeks to promote the holistic development of children during early childhood and school years, by enhancing the quality of stimulation and learning experiences accessible to children from poor families.

The Programme for Enrichment of School Level Education (PESLE) was developed to build on lessons that were learnt from small-scale innovations of AKF’s education partners in India and to make a visible impact on the quality of shcool education in the larger government system, with a particular focus on marginalised and disadvantaged groups. The school improvement programme’ is being implemented over a period of seven and one-half years from 1999 to 2006, supporting NGO innovation in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan.

The programme includes provisions for direct interventions by implementing NGOs as well as cross cuting activities of information, documentation, research, and policy advocacy. It works through a three-pronged strategy. NGO partners are first expected to demonstrate and consoli-date their approaches and outputs for providing quality education in a critical mass of schools. At the second stage, NGOs scale up their level of intervention and empirically validate successful strategies by replicating tried strategies, and assessing the comparative advantages of different approaches. At the final stage, NGO partners enable the larger system of education to adopt successful approaches through informed policy advocacy supported by building capacities of key functionaries in the system.


The Aga Khan Foundation’s rural development work in India is committed to the reduction of rural poverty and focuses on creating self-sufficiency through peoples participation in the efficient and effective use and productive management of natural resources. The rural development programme focuses on the following:

Supporting interventions that promote rural livelihoods and demonstrate community based natural resource management approaches through effective and accountable community institutions allowing rural communities to make informed decisions.

Contributing to the creation of an enabling environment for rural livelihoods through the improvement of national and state-level practices and policies.

The rural development portfolio was initiated with the establishment of the AKF rural support model, established in India as the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India). The beneficiaries of the Foundation’s programme in rural development in India are primarily small and marginal farmer families (74%), women and landless (26%). Most of these families reside in remote villages of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Tribals constitute 56% and minorities are 20% of the total population.

Aga Khan Development Network

The Aga Khan Foundation is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) a group of agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities in specific regions of the developing world. Their common goal is to build institutions and programmes that can respond to the challenges of social, economic and cultural change and to help the poor achieve a level of self-reliance sufficient to plan their own livelihoods. AKDN agencies have a sizeable presence in India, where their mandates span the social development arena and a joint stock banking company, the Development Credit Bank. Areas of social development interventions include education, health, rural development, water and sanitation and culture.

The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), with its affiliates, Tourism Promotion Services, Industrial Promotion Services and Financial Services, seeks to strengthen the role of the private sector in developing countries by supporting private sector initiatives in the development process. The Fund and the Foundation also encourage government policies that foster what His Highness the Aga Khan first called an “enabling environment” of favourable legislative and fiscal structures and to promote indigenous philanthropy.

School improvement initiatives undertaken by Aga Khan Education service, India (AKES.I) cater to approximately 37,000 beneficiaries across Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra pradesh. Apart from managing eight schools, 32 day care centers, 14 Rural Primary Education Centres and one hostel; activities also include educational research and career guidance. AKES,1 is also a core constituent of the Foundation’s education programme.

Aga Khan Health Service, India including the 118 bed multi-specially, acute-care Prince Aly Khan Hospital in Mumbai (among the first hospitals in Maharashtra to be ISO 9002 certified), drive the health initiatives of AKDN in India. A total of 20 health centres, two diagnostic centres and a pathology laboratory are serving communities to provide and improve access to quality health care.

Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, India is a actively involved with communities in Gujarat where it works to improve the built environment, particularly housing design and construction, village planning, natural hazard mitigation, environmental sanitation, and water supply. These goals are achieved through the provision of material and technical assistance and construction management services in both rural and urban areas.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) co-ordinates the Network’s cultural activities. Its programmes include The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Historic Cities Programme, the Education and Culture Programme and the Aga Khan Humanities Programme. In the first ever endeavour of its kind in India, AKTC is collaborating with the Archaeological Survey of India to’revitalise’ the historic gardens of Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi. The USD 650,000 project has. among other things, restored pathways, planted saplings favoured by the Mughals, introduced a rain water harvesting system and improved access to the monument for visitors. In addition, water is expected to flow once again in the elaborate network of narrow water channels surrounding the monument in 2003.

Focus humanitarian Assistance or FOCUS is an affiliate of the AKDN. It is an international emergency response agency that complements the provision of relief and support services during and following natural and man-made crises, primarily in Asia and Africa. An India office was established in 2002, following the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat.

International Scholarship Programme

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master’s level courses but is also willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, when doctoral degrees are necessary for the career objectives of the student. Requests will also be considered for travel and study awards for PhD students doing their research in Third World countries on topics judged to be of interest to the Aga Khan Development Network. Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.

Financial Assistance. The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Applicants are requested to make every effort to obtain funding from other sources as well, so that the amount requested from the Foundation can be reduced to a minimum. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.

Loan Conditions. Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%. A guarantor is required to co-sign the loan agreement. The payback period is five years, starting six months after the study period funded by the Aga Khan Foundation.

Application Procedures. The application procedures of AKF’s International Scholarship Programme are decentralised. Students may obtain application forms as a January 1st each year from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence. Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained, or to the address typed on the front of the form. They should not be sent to Geneva. All applications must be submitted on forms obtained from an AKF or AKES/B office (not photocopied). The deadline for submission of applications is March 31.

Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by local Scholarship Committees about their financial situation, their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and career plans. Interview reports are sent with the applications to Geneva for the final selection.

The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies all students of the outcome of their application in the first week of July.

For more details Contact :

Aga Khan Foundation

1-3 Avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva, Postal Address: P.O. Box 23 69, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

Tel: (41.22) 909.72.00 Fascimile: (41.22) 909.72.91, Website :

Contacts in India


(An agency of the Aga Khan Development Network)

Sarojini House, 6, Bhagwan Dass Road, New Delhi 110001

Tel : 011-47399700, Fax: 23 78 2174, Email : [email protected]

Website :

Aga Khan Health Service, India

24 Aliyabad Fifth floor. Aga Hall, Nesbit Road, Mazagaon, Mumbai 400 010

Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, India

405A/407 Jolly Bhawan No. 1, 10 New Marine Lines, Mumbai – 400 020

Aga Khan Education Service, India

C/O Diamond Jubilee High School for Boys, Aga Hall, Nesbit Road, Mazagaon, Mumbai 400 010

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India)

9th & 10th Floor, Corporate House, Near Dinesh Hall, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad – 380009, Gujrat


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

ABILIS Foundation

Support for organizations of disabled people

ABELIS Foundation is a development fund, founded by Finnish disabled people in 1998. We give financial support to organizations of disabled people in the South.

Our goal is to support activities, which promote

– Equal opportunities

– Independent living

– Human rights

– and Economic self-sufficiency of disabled people.

We give aid to organizations that are run by people with some type of disability: mobility impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment or any other type of disability. We can also give aid to organizations that are run by parents of children with disabilities.

Special priority is given to human rights and to projects developed and implemented by disabled women.

Our grants are small seed funds ranging from USD 500 to USD 10,000 USD. They are one-time grants for new innovative projects, and we are not able to provide continuous funding.

Our board makes the decisions on which projects to support. The board members are disability activists who have experience in development co-operation. Most of the board members are themselves disabled.

The chairperson of Abilis Foundation is Mr. Kalle Konkkola, former chairperson of Disabled Peoples’ International.

The vice-chair person is Rev. Ari Suutaria. The other members of the board are Ms. Elisa Pelkonen, Mrs. Maija Konkkola, Ms. lrmeli Leinos, Mr. Jorma Kuosmanen and Mr. Pekka Tuoininen. Abilis Foundation has one paid employee, Mrs. Taija Heinonen, who has a physical impairment.

Occasionally, we have the opportunity to send one of our representatives to make a personal visit to some of the projects.

Abilis Foundation seeks funding for its activities from development funds of different governments, private funders and companies.

If you are a disabled person involved in a local organisation or network of disabled persons, we would be pleased to hear from you. This is a unique opportunity to get to work, helping disabled persons to help themselves! Abilis Foundation is looking for grassroots projects in which disabled persons are using their time and efforts on a voluntary basis. We would like to see that you plan well, but you can still make it a simple plan, using a set of guidelines which you can obtain from us. When you are well planned, you are halfway to having a successful project.

How to apply

Applicants must represent an organization, working group or network of disabled persons. Applicants must live in a country, which the United Nations and the OECD have defined as qualifying for Official Development Assistance.

How can we apply for a grant by Abilis?

We welcome applications any time. You can order our guidelines and application forms by contacting us.

Project applications will be judged according to the involvement of persons with disabilities, including their role.

– in coming up with the project idea.

– in committing their own resources to the project (including time).

– in the planning and implementation of the project.

– the numbers of disabled persons who will benefit from the project.

The project must be realistic in its scope and expected results. The application must show how the project will continue to benefit the community once the project’s funding term has been completed.

Abilis Foundation asks that two reference persons be provided that will offer an independent evaluation of the project’s feasibility. The reference persons should have thorough knowledge of the applicant organization, of the project plan and of the general conditions existing in the project area. However, they should not themselves benefit of the project directly. In other words, they should not be members or employees of the applicant organization.

There must be a minimum of 10 % of your own work or money contributing to the total cost of the project. The term of a project cannot exceed two years. There will be a 10 % hold-back on grants provided util the final report is submitted to Abilis Foundation.

The applications are first read by our secretary who may ask the applicant to provide more information if necessary. Then they are discussed in the next meeting of the board. The board may decide to accept a project for funding, to request for more information or to reject a project. In either case, the applicant is informed of the decision.

How are the grants paid?

When a project has been accepted for funding, we make a written agreement with the applicant where the organization agrees to spend the grant to the specific purpose stated in the application. We remit funds to the organization only after we have received this agreement back to us with signatures. The board makes its decisions in euro (a new European currency). The grants are still paid United States Dollars.

The grants are paid in three installments. The first installment is 50 per cent of the total grant, and it is paid right after we receive the agreement. When the first installment has been spent, the applicant should send us an interval report which describes the progress of your project and how you have spent the first installment. The second installment, 40 % of the total grant, will be paid after we receive this report.

When the project is over, the applicant organization drafts a final report on a special form, which we send to the applicant (or the same information can be provided in another format), The last installment, 10 Vo of the total grant, will be paid after we have received the final report and it has been accepted by our board. The report must be accompanied by the receipts, which correspond, to the specification of costs. There must also be a separate statement of a certified auditor attached to the report.

Can we submit another application?

Our funds are one-time grants. We support a given project only once. However, an organization that we have supported may apply for a grant for a new project after one year has elapsed from the date on which the final report on the first project was received and accepted. The second project must be something new and not a continuation of the earlier project, because we do not fund ongoing projects.

Some example of projects sanctioned by AF-

ln India projects have been sanctioned to many NGOs e.g. to AASHA-an alliance for the mental ill for gainful employment for people with psychiatric disability (5000), to EKTHA-Chennai-for consortium of people with cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation (15852);to Bihar Viklang Kalyan Parishad for sensitization of the disabled about law on disability (8805), to National Centre for Promotion of employment for Disabled People-Delhi for including Disability in World Social Forum 2004(8280) etc.

(In bracket is the amount sanctioned)


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