BAIF Development Research Foundation : www.baif.org.in
BAIF Development Research Foundation is a reputed NGO which has been actively engaged since the past fifty years in catalysing rural and tribal development and transforming lives of disadvantaged communities across many states of India Key thematic areas of BAIFs programmes include livestock based livelihood development, crop based livelihood enhancement and natural resource management. BAIF has helped millions of Indian farmers to upgrade their animal husbandry practices, cultivate productive homestead orchards, and better manage natural resources . These programs have been supported with strong scientific research and innovative technological support. Several program models of BAIF, like WADI, a holistic tribal development program focusing on the improved livelihoods and quality of life gains to tribal communities have been acclaimed nationally as well as internationally Recognizing its role and contributions to tribal development, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs designated BAIF as a “Centre of Excellence” for developing and disseminating ideas, approaches, and technologies that would enhance livelihood opportunities for tribal communities across India.
Bhasha stands for ‘voice’ and is a platform for Adivasi and Denotified and Nomadic Communities of India. Bhasha established the Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh village in Chhota Udepur district of Gujarat, as an institution with a pan-India vision for empowerment of Adivasi communities. Bhasha-Adivasi Academy are active in the areas of Non Scheduled (including Adivasi languages), art and culture, education, healthcare and development, combining action research with social interventions for improving the life of tribal communities. Over the last 20+ years, we have created humongous documentation of their Endangered Languages, music and dance forms, art and craft traditions, life skills, cuisine, and literature expressed in oral and written formats. Through Bhasha's Vasantshala, the residential multilingual mother-tongue schooling program, we have brought primary education to hundreds of out-of-school children of migrant tribal communities. Bhasha strongly believes in peoples’ institution, run with their voice, participation, leadership, transparency and a bottom-up approach.
Institute of Forest genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore : http://ifgtb.icfre.gov.in/
The Institute of Forest genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore is a National level Institute under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education mandated to develop new varieties, management and silvicultural techniques to maximize productivity of natural and planted forests under different ecological considerations and changing environment.
Impulse NGO Network (INGON) is a Society registered under the Meghalaya Societies Registration Act of 1983 founded in 1999 by and Ms. Hasina Kharbhih with a focus to address the issue of unsafe migration, exploitation, and human trafficking. Impulse NGO Network led by Hasina Kharbhih and her team work with the Government and civil society groups at both the state and central level to continually save thousands of lives impacted by unsafe migration, human trafficking and exploitation while supporting law enforcement agencies across the region to disrupt and dismantle organised criminal networks that profit of these crimes. The scale of work grew through a network of partners to cover the eight states of the north eastern part ,North Bengal of India, Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh. We created awareness through community groups around the issue to address some of its root causes. This eventually led to the creation of the globally acclaimed Impulse Model (formerly known as the Meghalaya Model) that works through the following pillars of: 6Ps: Partnership, Prevention, Protection, Policing, Press, Prosecution, and 6Rs: Reporting, Rescue, Rehabilitation, Repatriation, Re-integration and Restitution. Impulse Social Enterprises, a sister organisation of Impulse NGO Network focuses on the prevention aspect of our work by promoting sustainable livelihoods, safe working environments, preserving traditional crafts, preventing unsafe migration leading to a reduction of the prevalence of Human Trafficking and exploitation. It aims through its work to promote a life of dignity and respect through the socio-economic development among tribes in North East India and South East Asia.
Patanjali Research Institute (Patanjali Research Foundation Trust) : www.patanjaliresearchinstitute.com/
Founded in August 2010 by PP Swami Ramdev Ji and PP Acharya Balkrishna Ji, Patanjali Research Institute (PRI) acts as a research and development centre of Patanjali Institutions. Located near Haridwar, PRI has managed to establish its mark in scientific world through advanced research laboratories and excellent team of dedicated scientists, research scholars and IT experts. It is primarily engaged in Ayurveda Drug Screening & Research, Herbal Garden & Medicinal Plant Research, Composition of Herbal Encyclopedia, Restoration, Protection & Republication of Ancient Classic/ Manuscripts; and functions as supervisory entity for any other social causes that promote Yoga, Herbal medicine and Natural healing methods.
United Nations Volunteers (UNV), India : https://www.in.undp.org/
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes
volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the
pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual
volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism
globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming,
and mobilizing volunteers.
In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.
Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Morabadi, Ranchi : www.rkmranchi.org
Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Morabadi, Ranchi was established in 1927 by Srimat Swami
Vishuddhanandaji Maharaj (the eight President of the Ramakrishna Order,) as a branch of
Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, Howrah.
In the early sixties when the adjoining districts of Ranchi were in the grip of severe drought, this Mission Centre organized a distress relief in the afflicted areas to bring succor to the needy. After the conclusion of the relief-work, the monks of the Centre, not remaining contended with relief work, engaged themselves to a serious attempt for evolving a lasting solution to the problem. It became very clear that unless the resource-poor and hapless farmers were empowered with appropriate and need-based agricultural technology supported by group action, they would never be able to counter similar adverse conditions in the future. In order to fulfill the above requirements ‘Divyayan’ (meaning Divine Way), a novel integrated rural development model was conceived and launched by this Centre in 1969.
Since the year 1969, with the financial support of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India, Divyayan has been conducting residential training programme for tribal youth in agriculture and allied trade. We have also been recognised as Established Voluntary Agency(EVA) by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs(MOTA), Govt of India.
With the help of well developed functional infrastructure , Divyayan has continued to remain actively engaged in implementing on-campus and off–campus need-based training programmes, establishing soil and water conservation structures, upgradation of degrade lands, village extension programme including frontline demonstration. All these have been very effectively sustained with commendable success.
This training programme not only aims at skilling the people but also for the integrated development of their village/locality. After completing the programme they are encouraged to form Village level Organisation called Vivekananda Seva Sangha which steers programmes relating to integrated development of villages, self reliance and sustainable Development
Digital Empowerment Foundation : www.defindia.org
New Delhi-based DEF was founded by Osama Manzar and Shaifali Chikermane in 2002 out of
the deep understanding that marginalised communities living in socio-economic
backwardness and information poverty can be empowered to improve their lives on their
own, simply by providing them access to information and knowledge on using digital
tools. DEF aims to connect unreached and underserved communities of India in an effort
to bring them out of digital darkness and equip them with access to information. With
the belief ‘Inform, Communicate and Empower,’ DEF finds sustainable digital
interventions to overcome information poverty in rural and remote locations of India,
and empower communities with digital literacy, digital tools and last mile connectivity.
Today, DEF is one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of Information & Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D). Its Founder-Director Osama Manzar is globally recognised as an expert in this field and he, or DEF as an organisation, is a member of several national and international government and non-government bodies, expert panels and task forces engaged in promoting a digitally-empowered and information-rich society. Through all its diverse programmes, projects and activities, DEF seeks to help people living in information darkness overcome the information barrier, learn how to use digital tools and the Internet to achieve greater socio-economic equality by uplifting themselves almost on their own using the power of digital devices to access information and knowledge.
Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) : www.brlf.in
Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) was set up by the Government of India as an independent society under the Ministry of Rural Development, to scale up civil society action in partnership with the central and state governments. It came into existence on 10th December 2013.The principal objective of BRLF is to empower rural India, ameliorating the lives of its impoverished populace, especially the indigenous tribes and strengthening their confidence in the government and Indian democracy, in coordination with CSOs, Government of India and governments of various states. BRLF supports a variety of projects across the breadth of the country, particularly in the states of Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Gujarat that form Central India.