PRAVAH is a registered not-for-profit organization, established in the year 1992, to spearhead development initiatives in Santhal Pargana Region of Jharkhand for poor and vulnerable sections of the society. PRAVAH was founded by a group of dynamic social activists under the leadership of Mr. Dilip Kumar Dubey.

Inspired by the Gandhian Philosophy of Gram Swaraj (Village Self-Rule), PRAVAH implemented programs focussing on sustainable livelihood, women empowerment, education, health and nutrition and watershed development. Over the years, with support from a wide range of donors, Pravah expanded its work in Bihar and West Bengal. Pravah’s developmental programs target ultra-poor and vulnerable communities comprising scheduled tribes, scheduled caste, minorities, women and children.

Pravah works towards establishing an equity and just social order-based society where everyone must have a dignified and respectful life. Its programs aim at empowering target communities by developing their capacities through affirmative actions with ensured positive deviance by focussing on a transparent, cooperative and participatory approach.

In its 31 years of existence, Pravah has reached out to thousands of families through its high-quality impactful programs in the area of natural resource management, livelihood promotion, sustainable agriculture, women empowerment, education, community health intervention, strengthening local self-governance and policy advocacy.


Establish an equity and just social order-based society where everyone must have a dignified and respectful life.


Empower target communities with ensured positive deviance in all respects through transparency, cooperative and participatory approach.

Programmatic Focus:

Formation and strengthening of community-based organizations (CBOs) for active participation in developmental activities
Management of natural resources effectively through active participation of CBOs
Promotion of food availability through providing input support and developing irrigation facilities
Promotion of agriculture practices including incorporation of both modern and scientific components such as Climate Smart Agricultural practices
Promote women empowerment to follow the principle of gender equality
Sensitizing government officials for mobilizing government sponsored programmes and schemes
Driving policy advocacy addressing people centric community-based issues.

Programmatic Approaches

In its programmatic intervention Pravah follows the following approaches as per the need of the project:

Graduation Approach: Pravah works on Graduation Approach designed for the primitive vulnerable tribal groups in Jharkhand in partnership with Trickle Up. The approach puts people at the centre of their own development, where they gain livelihood skills and financial literacy, consumption support and risk-free capital, a safe place to save and access credit, and continuous coaching. Women and their families become more resilient, self-sufficient, and confident, and become full participants in the economic and social lives of their communities.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA): The PLA approach is used by Pravah specially in Health and Nutrition projects, Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Livelihood programs. These programs use PLA to identify community needs, planning of activities and monitoring or evaluation. The PLA promotes the active participation of communities in the issues and interventions that shape their lives. Pravah has been using this approach in programs where the communities are not forthcoming with taking up development initiatives. It has helped in enabling local people to share their perceptions and identify, prioritise and appraise issues from their knowledge of local conditions.

Our Core Competencies

Rich Experience in Implementing Impact Driven Developmental Programs in Jharkhand and Bihar
Strong Leadership and Program Management Team
Expertise in CSR Project Management and Reporting
Multi Thematic Program Focus
Monitoring and Evaluation: Well-Laid Down Project wise MIS System for Impact Assessment
Strong Reporting and Documentation System
Strong Network with Government Institutions from District to Block Level
Financial Management and Audit
Transparency and Accountability

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