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 Statement201420152016
Income From
Government Sources158,998,356167,748,898172,947,143
Institutional Sources197,446,954176,591,472169,236,259
Foreign Sources226,584,269373,013,996407,564,112
Other Income5,313,0914,251,9622,516,462
Total Income (A)610,250,959756,524,099791,708,075
Expenses For
Direct Programme Activities171,461,216216,904,019208,357,586
Programme Staff Cost331,567,924412,809,412450,768,840
Travel Expenses54,552,13764,031,60972,714,094
Direct Programme Expenses557,581,277693,745,040731,840,520
Fund Raising Expenses000
General Staff Cost1,370,5782,577,5221,502,833
Overhead Expenses37,702,48943,850,78546,138,796
Other Expenses/Transfer3,764,343328,991153,042
Total Expenditure (B)600,418,687740,502,338779,635,191
Surplus / (Deficit) (A-B)9,832,27216,021,76112,072,884
Balance Sheet201420152016
Fixed Assets50,157,73160,477,74447,640,266
Current Assets (excl. Cash)72,324,922109,243,41876,049,397
Cash/Bank 167,352,955201,625,089312,253,741
Accumulated Deficits000
Total Assets1,067,879,528885,532,0501,199,132,227
Corpus / Share Capital301,481,477339,522,371369,148,818
General Funds68,642,66984,175,12691,823,804
Earmarked Funds669,884,230413,063,724692,414,522
Current Liabilities26,308,60839,752,05427,667,646
Total Liabilities1,067,879,528885,532,0501,199,132,227
Other Details201420152016
Direct Beneficiaries (Nos)1,588,6701,870,0402,410,785
Indirect Beneficiaries (Nos)N.A.N.A.568,940
Cost Per Direct Beneficiary (Rs) - Actual375395323
Number of Staff329351627
Highest Salary (Rs p.a.)1,764,6601,764,660N.A.
Lowest Salary (Rs p.a.)89,76089,760N.A.
Regd. under : The Societies Registration Act, 1860
Auditor : V. Sankar Aiyar & Co.
Bankers : Indian Overseas Bank

Donor tax benefits : 80G 50%
Eligible for foreign donations : Yes

Trustees/Directors/Managing Committee:
Ms. Anshu Vaish, Chairperson
Ms. Sushma Iyenger, Vice-Chairperson
Mr. D. Narendranath, Member-Secretary
Mr. Pramath Raj Sinha, Member
Ms. Mirai Chatterjee, Member
Mr. Biswajit Sen, Member

Source : Audit Report 2016

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 :
Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) works to reduce poverty; changing lives and creating choices for the poorest communities in rural India. It was pioneered by a group of young professionals led by Vijay Mahajan and Deep Joshi, who has won the prestigious Magsaysay award for his pioneering contributions to social change.

The organisation is 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 realise that the critical gap in creating change is the absence of capable people, not material resources. PRADAN professionals work with over 482,157 families in 6,780 villages across 7 of the poorest states in India. Donations to PRADAN result in increased prosperity (Rs11 for every Rs1 investment) for poor communities

Main areas of activities are:

  • Women Empowerment: PRADAN’s primary focus is organizing women collectives and Self Help 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. In FY16 108,000 women were mobilized to form 9,025 SHGs.
  • Create sustainable livelihoods: PRADAN works with marginalized communities to create food security and works in areas of agriculture, horticulture, forest based livelihoods, livestock and micro-enterprises. 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 alternate employment opportunities like broiler farming, goat rearing, tasar rearing, lac cultivation, mulberry sericulture and fish rearing.
  • 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, hygiene and sanitation. Women’s engagement in 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, CBO, 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.

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