Our primary concern is rural poverty. There are more poor living in rural India than in urban areas. Most of the poor living in rural India are the small and marginal rainfed farmer families and the landless families. We believe that we need to develop solutions that create the enabling environment for the poor to break out of the poverty trap. We also strongly believe that ultimately it is the mandate of the Government to support the poor in their efforts to move out of poverty.
Pragati Abhiyan has been working for more than a decade, since 2006. We have had a journey full of sincere and concerted efforts. We work with the small and marginal rainfed farmers, tribal families. We are now spread across around 100 villages of 7 Blocks of 3 districts – Nashik, Thane and Palghar.
We have worked to get the Government programs reach the intended. We have worked to devise programs to address the needs of the community which do not have any Government response. We have worked to build evidence through research to articulate need for changes in Government policies. We have worked with the Government to bring change for development.
For last ten years we have worked on social security programmes like MGNREGA and Food Security Act and Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).Our organization helps the people in villages to access and utilize these schemes which are meant for them. The implementation of these programmes is problematic and hence we provide the necessary information to the beneficiaries. At the same time we share the experiences of the beneficiaries to appropriate Government agencies to bring about required changes in implementation mechanism.
It is imperative that we have substantive training/capacity building programs with the villagers. These serve the basic purpose of gaining knowledge, skills and aptitude and perspective. More importantly, the process helps in building confidence. We have been taking up training programs regarding the function of GPs and functioning of various government programs. These training programs help them to realize the benefits of Government programs. This makes them good citizens and get active in the process of Gram Panchayat. We have been making reading and reference material to make the Government programs simpler to understand and utilize for the villagers. We keep updating the same as required.
Our Advocacy efforts have been in multiple ways; one is writing on issues in vernacular and English print media, two, working on studies to being forth a point for discussion with Government and also dialogue with the Government officials. We have worked closely with the Government to share our experiences, to share the likely solutions to the problems as experienced on the ground.Our studies and articles are available on our website.
We have been involved in research to support our efforts of improving Government’s schemes. The programs needs to improve its implementation mechanism to be effective. We take small quick assessments to build evidence for our Advocacy efforts. We have also collaborated with University of British Columbia, Economics Department, with Monash University Australia, with Indian Statistical Institute Delhi, with Indian School of Business, Hyderabad to name a few in their rural development research.
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