PRADAN was created in 1983 by two young professionals, Deep Joshi and Vijay Mahajan, who were convinced that even the stubborn, endemic poverty of rural India can be solved. They believed that well-educated professionals working within communities can bring both the empathy and knowledge needed to help poor people improve their lives.

PRADAN is a voluntary organization registered under the Societies Registration Act (1860). PRADAN works with marginalized communities, especially women’s collectives, on sustained basis to help them out of poverty and lead a life of dignity. It is India’s foremost agency working on large scale rural poverty alleviation. Given the deep deprivation in rural pockets, particularly among tribal and vulnerable groups, PRADAN promotes sustainable livelihoods which are integrated with work on issues of gender, governance and access to rights and entitlements. Today PRADAN impacts the life of 848,408 families in 8,641 villages spread across 36 districts in 7 States, 70% of who belong to the most vulnerable groups such as dalits and tribals. PRADAN trains and places well-educated people with empathy at the grassroots, who support and engage with robust collectives of women, that strives for large-scale change in human condition.

Website: http://www.pradan.net

Possible volunteering opportunities

(Please read about PRADAN’s work on their website before considering these volunteering opportunities)

All these opportunities are for eight weeks, and will be Delhi-based, with an optional field visit.

1. IEC (Information, Education and Communication) material on Sustainable Food Systems

PRADAN is a partner in a University of East Anglia-led Global Research Translation Award focusing on Sustainable Food Systems. This opportunity involves designing research-based dissemination material using data, information and reports from this ongoing project. The materials will have government officials, donor, collaborators and other stake holders as the target audience. The candidate will receive guidance and support from field coordinators and research manager.

2. Case Study of Livestock Interventions by PRADAN

This opportunity involves a review of existing academic literature available on livestock development programmes in India, and a review of documentation of ongoing projects by PRADAN in select locations. The aim is to develop a case study from reviewed materials with the objective of producing reports and blogs. The candidate will receive guidance and support from the field coordinators and research manager.

3. Case Study of Nutrition Interventions by PRADAN

This opportunity involves a review of existing academic literature available on nutrition development programmes in India (including the Comprehensive National and Nutrition Survey) and review of documentation of ongoing projects by PRADAN in select locations. The aim is to develop a case study from reviewed materials with the objective of producing reports and blogs. The candidate will receive guidance and support from the field coordinators and research manager.

Preferred Skills

A pro-active attitude, and willingness to learn. PRADAN's priority is to explore your skill and initiative first and then connect you to the work where you can express yourself the best.

Approximate cost

You should expect to spend about £1550 for eight weeks - this covers costs for food and accommodation, as well as local travel. This includes the £300 programme fee payable for Camvol support.

In addition to these local costs, volunteers will need to book return flights to India (typically about £600 if booked early), and apply for an appropriate visa, as required by the Indian High Commission (for visa charges, please check the Indian visa facilitation service website for exact fees).

Vaccination and other medical costs have NOT been included in estimated costs, and applicants should take this into account while planning their budgets. If you intend to travel for recreation and tourism, these costs will be additional, so please budget accordingly.

Financial support for summer charitable work and volunteering is available via Colleges and from the University. If selected, the Camvol Director can advise about funding opportunities.