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Youth Unity for Voluntary Action (YUVA)

About the Organisation

YUVA believes that development is a continuous struggle to create a humane society, which sustains all human beings, as well as nature, where women, men and children enjoy universal human rights.

YUVA will empower the oppressed and the marginalised by facilitating their organisations and institutions towards building equal partnerships in the development process ensuring the fulfillment of the human right to live in security, dignity and peace.

YUVA will also engage in critical partnerships with the government and forge alliances with other actors of civil society such as people's movements, trade unions, women's groups, academic institutions and the private sector to enable and strengthen the people's empowerment processes.

About the Board

  1. The YUVA Board started off as a ‘founder Board’- people who believed in the vision of YUVA came together to create the organisation and formed the Board.
  2. There has always been awareness about the role of the Board and this has been to oversee the organisation, guide and direct policy and offer strategic advice.
  3. The Board has been proactive and not reactive to the organisation at any given point in time.
  4. It is the supreme point of authority in the organisation and ratifies all major decisions.
  5. Board members are selected on the basis of a demonstrated commitment to the voluntary sector, a belief in YUVA’s vision and willingness to give time
  6. Expectations are articulated and mutually agreed.
  7. Board members serve no more than two consecutive terms of four years each.
  8. Board members are frequently invited to meet staff, and the communities where YUVA works as a means to engage them with the organisational processes.
  9. Staff is encouraged to interact with the Board and communication is open and transparent.
  10. The CEO is not a member of the Board and no paid staff of the organisation are part of the Board
  11. As the organisation evolved and grew, there was a consciousness among senior staff and the founder to look more closely at what the needs of the Board were, given the stage of development.
  12. The organisation has undergone a detailed review process of Board needs and the changes that were needed to be made.
  13. Conflict of Interest has usually been resolved through discussion and a decision making is usually by consensus
  14. There is a policy for disclosure of Interest as well.

YUVA may be contacted at

53/2, Nare Park Municipal School, Opp. Nare Park Ground, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012 Maharashtra India