Featured Allied Organization: Pragati Koraput

November 14th, 2011

Every other week, the Task Force will be highlighting a Featured Allied Organization. The Task Force has 125 member organizations from all over the world which endorse its mission. Click here to access previous Featured Allied Organization posts. This week’s Featured Allied Organization is Pragati, Koraput.

Pragati, Koraput was established in January 1992 with the mission of improving the quality of life of tribal people and underprivileged sections of society living in remote pockets of Koraput district in Odisha, India. The tribal people in this region, due to their isolation, have been cut off from the mainstream of society and deprived of the basic amenities of life.  Pragati, Koraput plans activities based on analysis of the socio-economic and political contexts of the area and community dynamics, with emphasis on community empowerment. Their programs seek equitable, peaceful, productive and inclusive relationships within communities, protection of the environment and a culture of participation to influence and shape their lives. Their programs are unique in that they involve Community Based Organizations in project planning, implementation, monitoring and management.  To this end, Pragati, Koraput liaises with Panchayati Raj (local assemblies) and Government line departments, and networks with local, state and national NGOs and people’s organizations.  Current programs include: civil society development, natural resource management, system of rice intensification, sustainable agriculture, women’s self help groups and cooperatives, disaster risk reduction, and community based rehabilitation for persons with disabilities.

The featured photograph was taken at the District Level Women’s Convention which took place in January 2011.  To learn more about Pragati, Koraput and their programs please visit their webpage .

Written by EJ Fagan

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