Overview of Local NGO Partners in Orissa, India


Operational Area: 71 Women-headed Gram Panchayats of nine blocks of Kalahandi District.

DAPTA has been one of our partners over the last four years. The operational area of DAPTA is Kalahandi District, which is one of the poorest areas. They have been working in nine blocks. The strength area of DAPTA is to lead a network named ‘Loka Adhikar Samukhya' which is actively involved in the issues of right to life and food in Kalahandi. At present DAPTA with the support of LASK is working in nine blocks with 12 active partners who are mostly grassroots organizations. The impact of The Hunger Project's activities, particularly in women's leadership, has been recognized by all sectors of people. As Kalahandi is a poverty-stricken area, The Hunger Project's involvement is highly necessary to build Kalahandi into a hunger-free district through the development of women's leadership.


Operational Area: 27 Gram Panchayats of four blocks of Kalahandi

KARRTABYA is a grassroots-level organization located in the remote corner of Kalahandi District and working for the poor tribal, women, and children of that area. This organization is led by a young activist Mr. Ashok Kumar Pattnaik belonging to the same location. Their primary area of involvement has been Women's Empowerment and Child Development. They have a good record of accomplishment working with UNICEF, CARE and the State Government. They also have the experience of working with panchayats on micro-planning. The organization has objectives of helping people form a society where the community is socio-economically well off and politically aware to create equal space for all its members to lead a life with dignity.


Operational Area: Seven blocks of Gajapati District.

The Institute of Women's Development is an organization that is committed to the empowerment of women in the district of Gajapati in South Orissa. Their primary area of involvement has been women's empowerment, livelihood issues of women, women and human rights and participation of women in the decision-making process. They have a good record of accomplishment working with CARE and SDC. They have good experience of working with panchayats on legal issues like registration of marriages at the panchayat level. They have focused on women and will do justice to building women's leadership in Gajapati district. They will cover all seven blocks and 103 gram panchayats covering 433 women leaders. They will do intensive follow-up. They have trained five EWRs as district-level trainers for WLWs. They have started a network of NGOs on Panchayati Raj work in Gajapati district. The organization is headed by a dynamic woman leader of Orissa, Mrs. Minati Padhi, who has extensive experience in the field of women's rights.


Operational Area: 82 Gram Panchayats of three blocks: two blocks in Angul and one in Deogarh district.

Nari Surakhya Samiti has been The Hunger Project's partner for last five years. Only women members manage this organization. Mrs. Smita Rani Pattnaik, the Secretary of the organization, is a young activist of Orissa. The main objective of this organization is women's empowerment. The organization is working on women's issues like violence against women, trafficking of girl children, and false assurances of marriage and unmarried mothers. The problems are multiplying every day as allowances by the government to encourage large scale coal mining and running of factories in Angul and Talcher areas are increasing daily. The whole area of Chhendipada Block is affected because of these activities. The panchayat plays a vital role in deciding the opening up of mines in the area. The NSS is raising those livelihood issues through building strong women's organizations and the leadership of EWRs. Over the last five years, NSS has conducted WLWs and trained more than 600 EWRs. They have initiated a district-level women's forum in which 20 women sarpanches have taken leadership on different issues. NSS is well recognized at the district level and has established a good rapport with the district administration.


Operational Area: Seven Blocks and 60 Panchayats of Rayagada District.

ANKURAN has been one of our partners over the last four years. Besides their commitment to the empowerment of women, issues of tribal and the dalits also form their other concerns. They lead a network "SANGRAM" which is actively engaged in various areas of activities on a rights-based approach. The operational area of ANKURAN is the district of Rayagada, which is one of the scheduled areas. So far, they have been working in 60 panchayats of six blocks. Their areas of strength are their well-coordinated and reach the grassroots level with the help of the CBOs located in all parts of the district. A young committed tribal woman, Smt. Bidulata Huika, leads their organization. As Rayagada district is a scheduled area, The Hunger Project's involvement is highly necessary to build women's leadership. They will focus on PESA and the role of gram sabha in it. The organization has motivated tribal youths to take active part in their village development activities - particularly on health and livelihood. The organization wishes to conduct some needs-based workshops on PESA, NREGA, RTI, and GENDER with the sarpanches and journalists.


Operational Area: 30 Gram Panchayats of four blocks in the district of Nuapada.

AYAUSKAM has been working with the people of Nuapada district, which is known for poverty, starvation, death, migration, drought and all the classic symptoms of poverty. As a doctor heads the organization, its basic thrust of activities is directed at issues of infant mortality, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health care. They have been trying to link these issues with the panchayats to generate greater awareness and make the people responsible towards solving them in the context of their social milieu. AYAUSKAM has been accepted as a district-level member of the NRHM. A number of their SHG leaders and traditional birth attendants (TBAs) are working as ASHA workers at the village level. They have also taken-up leadership building activities among women and linked it with the health and nutrition program. During the last panchayat election, their organization was actively involved in the PEVAC drive. As a result of their sincere and hard application, the percentage of women representation could be raised to 52 percent in Nuapada District.


Operational Area: 103 Gram Panchayats of 8 blocks; with special emphasis on women PRI members in four blocks.

PIPAR is one of the leading organizations in Orissa on Panchayati Raj activities. They have initiated the process of OSPP which is working as a pressure group on issues such as two child norm, registration of marriages at the panchayat level and right to information. They are strong in advocacy and lobbying on PRI activities at the state level. The Hunger Project will initiate a process of strengthening their involvement on registration of marriages at the panchayat level and the issue of two-child norm to take effective measures towards reducing the cases of violence against women.


Area: 15 Gram Panchayats in one block in the district of Khurdha.

The PECUC began its activities in the year 1987 with the objective of addressing various social issues and problems. However, over the years the organization has evolved into a forum where the thrust is on helping and empowering women, children, the aged, and other disadvantaged sections of the society. Working variously on disaster mitigation, food security, raising awareness on socially relevant issues and imparting training to panchayat representatives, PECUC has set a goal of creating and strengthening a peoples' institution which would sustain, promote and fulfill their development needs and rights to a life of dignity. Since joining the The Hunger Project group in 2007, PECUC has taken up capacity building of mostly new entrants to the PRI setup in Balianta, Khurdha, with heartening results.