Pragya is a global family of coordinated, independently registered non-profit development organisations committed to poverty relief, environmental protection, access to healthcare and education, gender equality, social justice and disaster management. Established in the global south in 1995, Pragya secures transformational change at the grassroots, focusing on disenfranchised populations often living in remote and marginalised regions of the world that are left behind in the development process.
Pragya’s mission is to enable grassroots sustainable development for the poorest, most neglected communities in remote and marginal societies, in a way that preserves and promotes local cultures and fragile ecosystems.
Pragya’s vision is one of marginalised communities living dignified lives free from poverty and injustice, fully enjoying the benefits of development in a manner harmonious with cultural heritage and the natural environment.
The core values upon which Pragya is founded guide us in our fulfilling our mission.
Development without destruction
Pragya brings the benefits of modernity to the underserved in the most remote regions and fringe societies of the world, in a way that embraces the best of their cultural heritage and sustains their ecological base. We believe in a sensitive and nuanced approach to development that values and recognises the opportunities in cultural-ecological heritage. Our development solutions ensure the protection of fragile ecologies that characterise many of the locales in which we operate, sustainably integrating the rich environmental resources into our initiatives where appropriate. We also seek to blend the traditional with the modern, adopting appropriate technologies that complement and respect traditional knowledge and... Read More
The core values upon which Pragya is founded guide us in our fulfilling our mission.
Development without destruction
Pragya brings the benefits of modernity to the underserved in the most remote regions and fringe societies of the world, in a way that embraces the best of their cultural heritage and sustains their ecological base. We believe in a sensitive and nuanced approach to development that values and recognises the opportunities in cultural-ecological heritage. Our development solutions ensure the protection of fragile ecologies that characterise many of the locales in which we operate, sustainably integrating the rich environmental resources into our initiatives where appropriate. We also seek to blend the traditional with the modern, adopting appropriate technologies that complement and respect traditional knowledge and crafts.
This is development without destruction. This is sustainability. This is Pragya.
Empowerment for enabling choices
Pragya believes in the transformative power of marginalised communities to come together and in their innate strength and will to shape their own future. We believe this capacity to be essential to human dignity. We act as change-enablers, nurturing potential in communities downtrodden by mainstream society, who have not the means but the imagination, ingenuity and drive to better their lives and improve the prospects for their children. We build capacity at the grassroots, facilitating self-management of resources through the establishment of social structures and supports able to sustain themselves. We equip impoverished communities with the tools and know-how to propel themselves to social and economic prosperity.
This is empowerment for enabling choices. This is dignity. This is Pragya.
Certain fundamental principlesof intervention further define Pragya’s work.
Pragya believes that development initiatives are most effective and sustainable when fully addressing the interlinked social, economic and political factors and root causes of poverty. We take a comprehensive approach, combining research, advocacy, awareness raising, resource inputs, and training, working with communities across related themes such as water supply and agriculture, healthcare and nutrition, education and social norms – all of which are impacted by cross-cutting issues like climate change, gender, protracted conflict, and governance that represent strategic priorities for Pragya. By designing development solutions with multiple, mutually supportive elements, our projects have a track record of unaided continuity in the long term.
This is integrated development. This is real impact. This is Pragya.
Pragya believes in bringing people together for collaborative action. We believe that in combining our strengths with those of other key stakeholders, we create synergies for greater efficiency and improved outcomes. We work in coordination with the likes of educational and research institutions, NGOs and civil society, industry, national governments and the United Nations. But just as important to Pragya are the long-term relationships we foster with beneficiary communities though sensitive dialogue and sustained engagement. We engage across key pillars of community life, including schools, health centres, police and local authorities, cultural institutions and employers, harnessing the breadth and depth of ideas, skills and experience, for collective and efficient response to unique development challenges.
This is building relationships. This collaboration. This is Pragya.Show Less
· 18 species of medicinal plants and 2 wildlife species in the Himalayan Region and 5 species of medicinal plants in the Rift Valley conserved.
· 25 rural communities across hill/mountain and arid zones adapting to climate change and improving their management of land and water.
· Solar and wind micro-grids reached electricity to several villages with gains in education, healthcare and livelihoods.
· 22,000 women and girls have improved nutrition, health and education, and are asserting their rights to equality and safety.
· Women and girls in 300 villages with patriarchal communities recognize their power, assert themselves against violence and discrimination, and access their rights safety, equality and dignity.
· Traditional language, arts & crafts and knowledge systems preserved and valorised across 11 Himalayan communities.
· 17,000 children educated and 8500 youth vocationally trained and set on a path to improved futures and decent work.
· Children in 21 last-mile communities educated through mobile schools and non-formal centres and 330 marginalised schools improved through new teaching aids and education monitoring systems.
· 40,000 people have safe water and sanitation and improved dignity, and are secure from water-borne diseases.
· Women and children in 26 underserved communities have overcome malnutrition, and 10 underserved communities have adequate and timely healthcare.
· Safe water and sanitation and reduced water-borne diseases in 20 communities, schools, and migrant worker settlements.
· 20,000 small & marginal farmer households have improved farm productivity and incomes and are proactively adapting to climate change.
· Niche-sector livelihoods taken up by 26 communities with improved incomes and livelihood security at the bottom of the pyramid.
· Distress of the disaster-affected alleviated for 17 communities in areas vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change, and assisted build back.
· A community-based system for early warning and effective humanitarian relief and emergency response helping preparedness and mitigating risks for 17 remote vulnerable communities.
· Area-specific programmes propelled to address development of disadvantaged regions and their communities.
Select Staff Members
Manager – Finance & Accounts
Regional Team Member, Nepal
Project Officer, Bangladesh
Chief Operating Officer, India
Abhijit manages the Accounts functions & reporting of Pragya at the Head Office through a dedicated Team of Accounting professionals.
He holds a Masters degree in Commerce and brings in vast experience of over 33 yrs in Accounting roles both in the Non Profit sector and in Private organizations. He carries strong knowledge & experience in internal audits and government regulations on statutory compliances as notified from time to time by the appropriate authorities.
Anil blends in his career experience in the Environment and Disaster Management sectors, as well as in the Human Rights and Gender domains. He holds a Masters degree in Environment Science, with a specialization in Mountain Ecology from Khowpa College, Nepal and is currently pursuing a Masters in Sociology. He began his career with work on solid waste management with the Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal and thereafter also worked on evaluation and monitoring of health & safety hazards. Working with Pragya, he has been involved in a range of projects related to livelihoods improvement, WASH, gender equity, and disaster relief & rehabilitation.
Bahauddin works on Pragya’s Bangladesh programmes, based out of Dhaka. He coordinates with partner NGOs to carry out programming on water resource management, health and WASH and agriculture and sustainable livelihoods. He also conducts necessary research and monitoring to ensure programme deliverables.
He has rich experience in Emergency Humanitarian Response, WASH and Solid Waste Management, Enterprise Development. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Comilla University and a Masters Degree in Business Studies from National University. Before joining Pragya he worked as an Assistant Field Officer at Practical Action.
Mary is experienced in stakeholder management, academics and management consulting. She has considerable experience in respect to issues facing the indigenous communities in India and East Africa and has been supervising Pragya’s interventions for climate adaption in agriculture, community-anchored services for addressing food and nutrition security, and participative management of education. She plays a crucial role in research studies and advocacy initiatives carried out by Pragya, and is also involved in project guidance and stakeholder interactions for the ongoing programs. A Doctorate in Economics from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India, Mary has earlier worked with Tata Consultancy Services, ICFAI Business School, Goa Institute of Management and others.
Ashitiva works on Pragya’s Kenya programmes, based out of Nairobi. He coordinates with field staff and partner NGOs to carry out programming on agriculture and sustainable livelihoods, health and WASH and education. He also conducts necessary research and monitoring to ensure programme deliverables.
He has prior experience in Community Education service and Agro-forestry programmes. He holds a Master’s in Project Planning and Management from University of Nairobi. Before joining Pragya, he has been associated with the Development Action and Research Project, Africa and Community Education Services, Canada.
Prior to joining Pragya in 2021, Georgia worked as a Project Coordinator for Blossom Trust, working in Tamil Nadu on gender, health and agriculture projects. Georgia has also gained experience in communications, outreach and fundraising, having interned at Peabody Housing Association, The AIRE Centre, African Initiatives and Article 25. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Bristol University and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
A graduate in Mathematics, Mr. Subramanian is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (All India 3rd Rank holder in the CA Final exams). He is with TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) for over 30 years where he currently heads their Delivery Excellence Group with global responsibilities for enterprise quality, customer advocacy, performance improvement, knowledge management, agile deployment and benchmarking. His earlier leadership roles include functions such as Enterprise Process Design, India Geography Delivery, Program Management Practice and Australia / New Zealand Operations. He is trained in the application of Systems Engineering, Complexity science, Agile methodologies and Data Science to solve real business problems. With his deep experience, he has rendered consulting and program management services to Fortune 500 companies across industries such as Banking and Financial Services, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Utilities, Retail, Travel/Hospitality and Energy & Resources.
Krishna Kumar has more than 20 years of experience in the information systems sector and publishing industry in the US. He has particular competence in e-commerce solutions and is keenly interested in the application of such technologies and solutions for improving the livelihoods of the poor along with developing market linkages for them. One of the main areas of his concern are the digital and technical divide in developing nations, and he has been guiding Pragya in bridging this divide.
Nilesh leads the Disaster Management Programme of Pragya, India, guiding its implementation across north India.
He holds an Engineering degree (Electrical Engineering) and began his career in the IT sector. In his more than 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector, he has had rich experience in programming in multiple development issues ranging from Climate Change, Renewable Energy to Political and Electoral Reforms. He brings in strong skills in Stakeholder Relations, Advocacy and Campaigns and Outreach Programmes in these domains.
Sejuti has considerable experience with respect to natural resource management issues in the Indian and Nepal Himalayas and has facilitated Pragya’s interventions for effective community-based Common Property Resource management and conservation initiatives. She has been a key contributor in designing and conducting research and documentation initiatives carried out by Pragya and is also involved in our advocacy actions and the design and quality management of our programs. Sejuti holds an M.Sc. in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute, India and a Diploma in International Development from the University of London, UK. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, UK and has a voluntary role as Co-Chair of the Mountain Ecosystems Specialist Group at IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management.
Prior to joining Pragya, Tommaso worked in advocacy and fundraising for the New York-based non-profit ARCHIVE Global, which focuses on the link between health and the built environment. He has volunteered extensively at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, both as a patient advocate and assisting with research programs. Tommaso also has experience in academic research, having worked as a research assistant at UCL's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. He holds a BA in Architecture from Columbia University, and an MSc in Urban Economic Development from University College London.