About the Organisation
Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) was established
in 1983. It is registered in Delhi under the Societies
Registration Act, as also under the relevant income tax
laws governing charitable organisations.
PRADAN is a
voluntary organization. It currently works in selected
villages in 27 districts across 7 states through small
teams based in the field. The focus of its work is to
promote and strengthen livelihoods for the rural poor.
This involves organizing them, enhancing their capabilities,
introducing ways to improve their incomes and linking
them to banks, markets and other economic services. PRADAN
comprises professionally trained people motivated to use
their knowledge and skills to remove poverty by working
directly with the poor. It addresses the key felt needs
of the sector livelihood creation.
About the PRADAN Board
- The fundamental responsibility
of any governing entity is a fiduciary one- to communicate
and demonstrate to the public that the organisation
being governed is financially accountable and honest.
- The Board in PRADAN is
renewed through co-option of suitable individuals identified
by a sub committee of the Board.
- A rotation policy exists
and the constitution allows the Board to renew itself
every 3 years.
- No individual can remain
a Board member for more than two consecutive terms of
three years each.
- Members to the initial
Board were selected on the basis of their interest in
PRADAN and the contributions that they could make. Increasingly,
now, the organisation has begun to look at potential
members from the sectors that it believes will be able
to add value to the programme too. For example, as PRADAN
has started to enhance linkages with government, they
have taken on a member from the government sector on
to their Board.
- The Board in PRADAN provides
oversight and guidance and ensures that the organisation
maintains the highest standards of accountability.
- Members represent a diverse
cross section of individuals from all sectors.
- There is clarity about
what the role of the Board is vis a vis the management
and consensus that the focus of its role is to facilitate
organisational mission attainment.
- All major strategic and
policy related decisions have to be approved by the
- The management in PRADAN
offers the Board ample opportunity to understand the
organisationís programmes, its changes and evolving
- Access to information
is high and staff is always available to the Board for
- Two members of staff are
co-opted on the Board for a term of three years.
- The Board is conscious
of potential Conflict of Interest situations and deals
with it by ensuring that decisions are made by a process
where the interested parties are either not present
during the discussion or do not form a majority quorum
on the Board.
PRADAN may be
Post Box No.
3827, 3 Community Shopping Centre, Niti Bagh, New Delhi
110 049 Tel: 011 2651 8619, 51640611