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Professional Assistance For Development Action (PRADAN)
Comprehensive Empowerment Estd: 1983
Used for Beneficiaries: 94%
Address : E-1/A, Kailash Colony, New Delhi 110048. Delhi
Email :
Web-site :
Telephone : +91 11 40407730
Donor Contact : Ms. Smita Mohanty / +91 9350880191 /
Financial Score
Rs, Y/E March 31
Income & Expenditure Statement201320142015
Income From
Government Sources188,529,217158,998,356167,748,898
Institutional Sources145,187,371197,446,954176,591,472
Foreign Sources274,980,873226,584,269373,013,996
Other Income9,815,4815,313,0914,251,962
Total Income (A)647,221,160610,250,959756,524,099
Expenses For
Direct Programme Activities270,678,329171,461,216216,904,019
Programme Staff Cost279,783,678331,567,924412,809,412
Travel Expenses54,832,15254,552,13764,031,609
Direct Programme Expenses605,294,159557,581,277693,745,040
Fund Raising Expenses000
General Staff Cost25,526,3621,370,5782,577,522
Overhead Expenses37,841,33437,702,48943,850,785
Other Expenses/Transfer3,971,2533,764,343328,991
Total Expenditure (B)672,633,108600,418,687740,502,338
Surplus / (Deficit) (A-B)-25,411,9489,832,27216,021,761
Balance Sheet201320142015
Fixed Assets48,436,67850,157,73160,477,744
Current Assets (excl. Cash)120,776,43872,324,922109,243,418
Cash/Bank 122,611,556167,352,955201,625,089
Accumulated Deficits000
Total Assets565,606,9221,067,879,528885,532,050
Corpus / Share Capital96,908,633301,481,477339,522,371
General Funds57,301,64568,642,66984,175,126
Earmarked Funds378,200,104669,884,230413,063,724
Current Liabilities24,763,43926,308,60839,752,054
Total Liabilities565,606,9221,067,879,528885,532,050
Other Details201320142015
Direct Beneficiaries (Nos)1,359,6051,588,6701,870,040
Indirect Beneficiaries (Nos)N.A.N.A.N.A.
Cost Per Direct Beneficiary (Rs) - Actual491375395
Number of Staff326329351
Highest Salary (Rs p.a.)1,244,9521,764,6601,764,660
Lowest Salary (Rs p.a.)177,64889,76089,760
Regd. under : The Societies Registration Act, 1860
Auditor : V. Sankar Aiyar & Co.
Bankers : Indian Overseas Bank

Donor tax benefits : 35AC 100%, 80G 50%
Eligible for foreign donations : Yes

Trustees/Directors/Managing Committee:
Mr. Ravi Narain, Chairperson Ms. Anshu Vaish, Vice Chairperson
Ms. Meera Sanyal, Member Ms. Sushma Iyenger, Member
Mr. Pramath Raj Sinha, Member Ms. Mirai Chatterjee, Member
Mr. Vineet Nayar, Member Mr. D. Narendranath, Member
Mr. Arnab Chakraborty, Member Mr. Manas Satpathy, Member

Source : Audit Report 2015

Financial Note : 1) Grants which have been utilised during the year have been included in Income and Expenses based on the guidelines of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. As a result, the income we have shown is higher than that reported by the NGO. 2) The NGO adjusts Depreciation Charge for each year from the Capital Asset Fund in the Balance Sheet. 3) Other Expenses/Transfers include Provision for Contingencies.

NGO Profile :
  • PRADAN works to create choices and improve livelihoods for the poorest communities in India. They work with over 350,000 families in 5,000 villages.
  • PRADAN co-founder Deep Joshi won the prestigious Magsaysay award for his pioneering contributions to social change
  • Donations to PRADAN result in increased prosperity (Rs11 for every Rs1 investment) for poor communities
Professional Assistance For Development Action (PRADAN) works to reduce poverty; changing lives and creating choices for the poorest communities in rural India. PRADAN was pioneered by a group of young professionals led by Vijay Mahajan and Deep Joshi.

The organisation was inspired by the belief that well-educated people, with empathy towards the poor, must work directly with them at the grassroots to alleviate mass poverty in rural India. They realised that the critical gap in creating change was the absence of capable people, not material resources. In 2015, PRADAN won the TOI Social Impact award in the livelihood category. PRADAN professionals, divided into 57 teams, work with over 374,008 families in 5,766 villages across 7 of the poorest states in India. 

PRADAN works in the following areas:

  • Trigger women-collective led culture change: PRADAN’s primary focus is organizing women collectives and groups as they provide strength to deal with inequities in society. Their intervention with these collectives is around gender justice, citizenship engagement with governance structures and public systems, and negotiating with the external world like markets, society, etc.
  • Create sustainable livelihoods: PRADAN works with marginalized communities to create food security year round and influence other factors impacting livelihoods. These include development of land; creation of irrigation systems, establishing multiple cropping systems, livestock-based livelihoods, micro-enterprises, access to fair market and credit, ownership of land, and availability of alternate employment opportunities locally.
  • Rebuild local governance and service institutions for citizens especially women: PRADAN  works with collectives to strengthen governance and institutions, to demand and support, creation and availability of basic services like road, health, education, water and sanitation, so that people in villages can lead a better quality life. Women’s engagement in the electoral process, being members in standing committees, challenging retrogressive social norms, and joint preparation of citizen reports with PRI, are some focus areas.
  • Create enabling environment in the grassroots: PRADAN also works towards influencing State apparatus for pro-poor action, recommending pro-poor policies, legislations which create space for women, collectives, CBOs and the marginalized, attracting private players and philanthropists to contribute to rural communities, creating an environment conducive for partnership between stakeholders and forming coalition between various communities to create a larger eco system and larger social impact.