About the organisation
PRIA is a civil
society organisation, undertaking development initiatives
to positively impact the lives and improve the quality
of living of marginalised and excluded sections of the
society. It works on themes of governance, people's participation,
empowerment and local level development issues. It undertakes
capacity building of stakeholders by organising training
and educational programmes. Participatory methodologies
including participatory research, analysis, grassroots
action and evaluation are the cornerstone of PRIAs
work. Working at district, state, national and global
levels, it conducts research studies enabling it to undertake
advocacy efforts. Based on its development experiences
PRIA publishes a range of educational cum academic
publications, which includes books, manuals, journals
and other learning resources for voluntary organisations,
NGOs, students, teachers, academic institutions, government,
community groups and others.
The PRIA Board
- The two critical factors
that have determined the structure, process and the
functionality expectations of the PRIA Board include
Board size and the organisational growth stage.
- In the initial years of
the organisation, the Board was more hands on with a
greater involvement in programme.
- It has subsequently transitioned
into long -term strategy and policy formulation.
- This has required the
Board to simultaneously look at structure and composition
issues and ensure its appropriateness to the organisation
at a given point in time and context.
- There is a conscious profiling
of Board needs periodically which precedes shortlisting
of appropriate candidates.
- However, individuals who
do not know PRIA even if potentially competent are usually
not invited to serve on the Board.
- There is ample room for
discussion on why a particular individual is being considered
to serve on the Board.
- Only those who actually
can give their time and skill are asked to serve on
the Board. ‘Ceremonial’ Board members are often more
of a liability and it takes enormous effort to engage
them adequately and appropriately. Therefore PRIA tends
to avoid inviting such people on Board.
- Induction is informal
since members are usually those who know PRIA already.
New Board members are sent a copy of the Memorandum
as well as the minutes of the two most recent Board
- The Board in PRIA works
through the easy use of both structured and informal
sub committees- these are task dependent and sometimes
created just for the duration of the task. Where necessary
experts are invited to volunteer their time on the sub
committee for the duration of the task/activity
- Board meetings are therefore
often a culmination of the various sub committee meetings
that have been held and the time is spent mostly ratifying
decisions and discussing long term policy.
- Senior Staff is invited
to attend at least one Board meeting ANNUALLY especially
when discussions on programme and policy are scheduled
in the agenda.
- In general access of staff
to the Board is through the CEO and the lines of authority
are clear. All communication is open and transparent
- In general the Board does
not involve itself in the day to day operations of the
organisation. However, some members do offer specific
inputs on certain programme related activities.
- The role of the Chair
has been significant to the achievement of a proactive
and supportive Board
- Confidence of the Chair
in the CEO is mandatory to ensure positive Board dynamics
as well as enabling the CEO to carry out his responsibilities
- This has been made possible
with the CEO investing time to engage with the Chair
, communicating optimally between Board meetings and
keeping the Chair informed about any significant developments
within the organisation.
- There is an articulated
Conflict Of interest policy that is mandated in PRIA’s
PRIA may be
Institutional Area New Delhi – 110062 Tel: 29956908,