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.
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Dy. Manager- SD
Manager – Finance & Accounts
Development Manager, UK
Regional Team Member, Nepal
Aarti leads the Social Development vertical of Pragya at its Gurgaon Office and manages multiple projects on health & education, gender and rights being implemented across our geographies in India.
Prior to her stint in Pragya, Aarti has worked in the Non-Profit sector particularly for Persons with Disabilities, and managed rights-based projects. She brings in strong skills on Project Management and Advocacy, among others. Aarti holds a Post Graduate in Development Studies and a Diploma in Mass Communication in Radio, TV & Journalism
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.
Following an internship at the United Nations Association in London in 2005, Alex studied for a masters degree in International Relations at King’s College London. Out of university, Alex worked for the NHS managing blood products in a specialist unit at St Thomas’ Hospital. Alex spent four years in the private sector working in International and UK logistics for Time Inc, before moving to the voluntary sector, taking up a role in fundraising for the environmental charity Friends of the Earth. Alex has travelled extensively through China and India and maintains an ongoing interest in Asian cultures.
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.
Anu leads the Natural Resources Management Team in Pragya and manages multiple projects in our geographies in India, along with a dedicated team of professionals.
She holds a Post Graduate Degree in Physics from Delhi University and an MBA in Marketing from the Institute for Integrated Learning & Management. She has strong skills in Program Management, Business Development strategy, Partnership building among others. Anu had earlier worked with notable Non-profit Organizations and managed Watershed Development projects, and has also engaged in fundraising and branding activities as well as management of stakeholder relations.
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.
Faith has wide experience in field research and monitoring and evaluation. In Pragya Kenya, she is involved in stakeholder interactions and field research for project implementation andmonitoring. She also interacts with partners, and supervises Pragya’s initiatives on biodiversity conservation, livelihoods development and water and sanitation. Faith has a degree in Community Development from Daystar University and a minor in peace and conflict transformation, and a strong motivation towards development interventions for women empowerment and related advocacy. She has earlier worked for Innovations for Poverty Action, Lukenya Pillars of Transformation, Education Center for Women in Democracy and Research International.
Gibson has in-depth experience in agro-forestry and knowledge extension. In Pragya Kenya, he is involved in stakeholder interactions and documentation. He supervises research and training initiatives in the domain of natural resource management. A graduate in Horticulture from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Gibson has been working with the Kenyan farmers for over 5 years. Before joining Pragya, he has been associated with various projects of Swedish Cooperative Centre for Agro Forestry, Horticulture Crops Development Authority, National Environment Management Authority.
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.
Nabila is a keen environmentalist and committed to mitigation of impacts of climate change and enabling sustainable development with the involvement of local communities. She holds a Master’s degree on GIS for Environment and Development (MSGED) from Jahangirnagar University and BSc on Environmental Science and Management from Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). She has wide experience in field research as well as in coordination and monitoring and evaluation of grassroots projects. Her work to date has focused on water resource management, health and WASH and agriculture and sustainable livelihoods. She has also been involved in research on climate change issues, labour migration and the refugee crisis in Bangladesh.
Samir heads the Program Support Department at Pragya India’s Gurgaon Office and leads a team of HR, Administration and Support Staff.
He brings in over 33 yrs of experience in Human Resource, Administration & Logistics operations in the Non Profit sector. He has previously worked with INGOs in multiple regions across India and has managed multidisciplinary and multi-locational teams. Samir is a Graduate in Science from the Calcutta University and holds a PG Diploma in Human Resources Management.
Sejuti has considerable experience in respect to natural resource management issues in the India 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. A post-graduate in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute, India, Sejuti has specialization in Environmental Geography and is a Fellow of Royal Geographical Society, UK.
Sumit is an Engineering Graduate in Computer Science and holds a Masters Degree in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. He brings in rich experience of Business Development & Strategy, market analysis and distribution management.
He leads the Disaster Management Programme of Pragya with a dedicated team of professionals. Prior to his working in Pragya, Sumit had worked on improving Nutrition with a focus on Children & Women in underprivileged areas of the country, a programme jointly implemented by the Ministry of Women & Child Development and the Tata Trust. Before joining the Non-profit sector, he has also worked in the corporate sector on Supply Chain & Operations 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.