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Donation Option Amount INR Actions
Part sponsor monthly stipend of a PRADAN Development Apprentice
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
Contribute to a fund for travel and training of Development Apprentices learning to become effective grassroots workers for rural communities
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
General Fund
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
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Impacting Livelihoods to Enable Rural Communities
The inspiration to set up PRADAN was the view that capable and caring people rather than material resources are most critical for social development. PRADAN believes that well-educated and socially concerned people must work with village communities in the spirit of fraternity to hasten social development. PRADAN recruits such people from campuses and provides them year-long apprenticeship in its village projects to train and equip them with the right skills to work as a development professional.
Narendranath Damodaran has taken over as the Executive Director of PRADAN since April 2017. He is leading PRADAN on a geometric growth, building organizational capacities and reaching out to wide-ranging stakeholders in government, corporate world and donor communities. He joined PRADAN in 1991 and directly worked with poor communities in villages of India. He innovated and grounded a unique model of Community Managed Irrigation Project in Jharkhand, India. He subsequently led development action in a few districts and supported PRADAN teams across regions to deepen livelihoods of rural poor. He has provided thematic leadership for irrigation and natural resource management in the organization and contributed to a number of research and evaluations of livelihood projects. He has done his B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering & Rural management from IRMA, Gujarat.
Full time staff :504
Part time staff:0
Contract staff :130
Volunteers: 0
Total Receipts for 2015-2016 is INR 1208204193
Total Payments for 2015-2016 is INR 799123449
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
Participants at 3 Events planned on Development Perspective & Practices Module : 46
Participants at 3 Events planned on Process Awareness and Sensitivity Module Phase-I: 28
Expected Graduates : 45
Participants at 6 Events planned Process Awareness and Sensitivity Module Ph.II and III: 46
New Joinees -Development Apprenticeship in 2016-17: 84
Rewards & Recognition
In 2013, PRADAN was awarded the Microfinance India Awards by the ACCESS Development Services and HSBC Self Help Group Promoting Institution
In 2013, PRADAN was awarded the Appointed as National Support Organisation for NRLM by the National Rural Livelihood Promoting Society (NRLPS) under Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) To support development work in Naxal-affected areas
In 2015, PRADAN was awarded the TIMES Social Impact Award by the Times of India For livelihoods Promotion
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)55,385,34130,310,04912,561,173
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia1,311,27869,0000
Other donations from Indian individuals4,247,3922,295,7002,213,000
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia33,39200
Other donations from foreign individuals6,663718,8510
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)483,377,969390,650,137797,584,253
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)663,729,717165,688,548358,075,465
Sale of assets000
Total Receipts1,208,204,193589,808,2501,170,449,648
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)7,585,7997,413,0298,693,014
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries3,783,33417,124,8762,888,112
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits291,701,856259,624,839197,847,023
Staff training000
Staff travel54,665,76747,963,27041,489,382
Consultant's fees106,632,28376,610,61038,663,761
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)32,221,25833,135,78326,830,194
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)000
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme84,596,97763,831,1090
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)8,272,1678,726,8428,574,937
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Non-programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits33,349,52831,291,09822,509,707
Staff training24,566,07528,219,27413,323,129
Staff travel7,648,7946,773,3725,161,345
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)13,880,80111,324,86310,440,220
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)6,324,74110,600,00319,699,303
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )14,103,02412,225,6385,021,029
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)000
Other non-programme expenses000
Total Payments799,123,449835,560,939616,810,407
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 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Society [No.S/13434]
2 PAN Number:AAATP0345D
3 12-A [No.CIT-VI/TE(155)/84/415]
4 80G [No.DIT(E)/2012-13/985]
5 FCRA [No.231650101]
6 35AC [No.S.O 3171 (E)]
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 V. Sankar Aiyar & Co.
 Flat No. 202-301, Satyam Cinema Complex, Ranjit Nagar Community Centre
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 Staff Remuneration (INR)
Gross salary plus benefits paid to staff (in INR) p.m. Male Female Total
 less than 5,000000
 5,000 – 10,000505
 10,000 – 25,00014414158
 25,000 – 50,00018376259
 50,000 – 1,00,00013842180
 Greater than 1,00,00018422
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,00012
 5,000 – 10,0009
 10,000 – 25,00021
 25,000 – 50,00022
 50,000 – 1,00,00096
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 1822560
2 Lowest Paid: INR 82560
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 1819580
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel162473
2 Domestic travel248454
3 Local conveyance0
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other0
  Total 410927
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Board Members
SI.Name (Age)Gender, Position, Gross Remuneration, Relation to other members
1 Smita Mohanty
 Female, Staff Member, INR 1,472,040.00,
2 Sushma Iyengar
 Female, Vice-Chairperson, INR 0.00,
3 Mirai Chatterjee
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
4 Anshu Vaish
 Female, Chairperson, INR 0.00,
5 Pramath Raj Sinha
 Male, Member, INR 0.00,
6 Saroj Mahapatra
 Male, Staff Member, INR 1,176,240.00,
7 Narendranath Damodaran
 Male, Ex-Officio Member-Secretary, INR 1,810,980.00,
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Board Members Background
1 Smita Mohanty Executive Staff of PRADAN
2 Sushma Iyengar Development Activist
3 Mirai Chatterjee Director of Social Security at SEWA
4 Anshu Vaish Retired IAS officer GoI.
5 Pramath Raj Sinha Founder, ISB, Ashoka University & Vedica Scholars
6 Saroj Mahapatra Executive Staff of PRADAN
7 Narendranath Damodaran Executive Director PRADAN
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Board Resolution
SubjectsBoard Meeting/Annual General Body Meeting DateNo. of members presentStrength of the board at the time of this meeting
Budget for the year 2016-201729/03/2016710
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201730/07/2016811
Annual Report for the year 2015-201630/07/2016811
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201630/07/2016811
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External Reviews
1L&T Financial Services
2National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) under Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD)
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Ajaya Kumar Samal Canada
To attend a certificate course in 'Learning Organization and Change'
 INR 3176.00 0 0% NA
2 Manas Kumar Satpathy USA
To Attend TiE Startup Conference and Meet other stakeholders of PRADAN USA
 INR 131182.00 0 0% NA
3 Avijit Choudhury Nairobi
To attend GAAP2 Inception Workshop at Nairobi
 INR 58180.00 0 0% NA
4 Manas Kumar Satpathy Tanzania
To attend a meeting on improving Public Extension system by transformative investment
 INR 7764.00 0 0% NA
5 Nivedita Narain USA
To attend PRADAN USA Meeting
 INR 174579.00 0 0% NA
6 Madhu Khetan Japan
To attend a conference organised by NWED, Japan
 INR 4420.00 0 0% NA
7 D.Narendranath Singapore
To attend an International Conference of IIM Alumni
 INR 3395.00 0 0% NA
8 Manas Kumar Satpathy USA
To Attend the MIT Tata Centre Symposium
 INR 23527.00 0 0% NA
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 PRADAN Development Apprentice – Building a leadership for Change
The founders of PRADAN realized that the critical gap in creating change at the grassroots was the absence of capable people, not material resources. PRADAN systematically expands the supply of quality human resources by recruiting educated youth with empathy towards the poor to work directly at the grassroots. Pranita Shreen Chaudhary, an Economics graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada heard about PRADAN at a seminar and was convinced to work for the upliftment of the poor. She applied for the Development Apprentice program and was selected from a pool of over 4,500 applicants. Her family was against her decision of moving to the villages but she was able to convince them and joined the program. Pranita is working with around 30 Self Help Groups (300 families) in the Handipani, Raipur & Banabeda villages of Shahpur Block, Betul district, Madhya Pradesh. She has completed her Foundation Course I, Village Stay and Village study and is now undergoing her Field Work modules. She will also have the opportunity to work with other NGOs in the state to develop a comprehensive understanding of the on ground situation. Once Pranita graduates she will become a full time Development Professional working with over 1000 families on issues of Women Empowerment, livelihoods, Sanitation & Governance. She says: My experience is turning out to be something I had never imagined! First few days I could not believe what I saw... So many problems and so much poverty in such a beautiful place! Currently I am doing my village stay in Handipani. I will be honest; it is quite challenging but not impossible. I am going through my own difficulties to adjust here, ode to my previous lifestyle, but I am slowly getting used to it, and I know in sometime it will be a way of life for me too. I am willing to do it because the work is great, the impact is great and I feel motivated to work here.
 PRADAN Development Apprentice – Building leadership for Change
Aruna Minj a graduate in Bio-medical Engineering always thought from her childhood to do something for the Society. So when Pradan recruiters went to NIT, Raipur; her campus and shared the idea of PRADAN and its work, it really gave her the platform to explore work in poor Indian villages. She lost her mother very young who was her inspiration as a project officer of Department of Women and Child Development. From there that her desire to complete the dream. Aruna is working with around 50 Self Help Groups (500 families) in the 10 villages of Baramkela, Pussore and Raigarh blocks of Raigarh district, Chattisgarh. She has completed her Field Work I and II, Foundation Course I and now undergoing her Foundation Course II modules. She is collaborating with team members as well as other NGOs in the area to bring a larger change. Once Aruna graduates she will work with over 1000 families as a full time Development Professional on Women Empowerment, Issues of Governance, livelihoods, etc. In her words, “Here I want to say that my journey in PRADAN till now make me feel like a bird where I am independent to work, to explore, to learn and always doing new things. This is the place where I improved myself. When I go to the field I feel very happy. Talking, laughing, sharing with them (the SHG members) make me happy.”

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Smita Mohanty
E-1/A, Kailash Colony-
New Delhi - 110048,India

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Phone : 91 11 40407730
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