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Unnayan believes in an integrated, participatory and process oriented approach to development. Capacity building of the community with an approach of helping-for-self-help essentially forms the core of its activities. Unnayan believes in a development perspective of meeting peoples needs in the sectors of institution building, access and control over resources, entitlement over services, acquisition and adoption of new knowledge, skill and technology for a switch over from relative marginalization to a self-reliant livelihood maintenance system. While addressing the societal needs from a holistic perspective, our programmes encompass an increased focus on Women, children, tribal and dalit communities.

» Enabling the marginalized to aim for and achieve a life of quality.
» Integrated and holistic development of rural communities through capacity building and institutional arrangements.
» Activating individual/ community initiative for promotion of livelihood options.
» Creating an awareness of the environment and nurturing natural resources in a just and equitable manner

A strong, vibrant, cohesive, and progressive society founded on egalitarian and democratic principles, ecologically sound management techniques, mutual cooperation; where every individual reaches her/his full potential and informed choice is a matter of right.

Unnayan, etymologically meaning ‘development? was founded in the late 80’s by an enthusiastic group of youth who shared a vision of a prejudice-free, vibrant, self-reliant and value-based society; a society free from the web of poverty and hunger. It was formally registered in the year 1990 and since then has been operating among the marginalized rural and tribal communities.

We believe in an integrated, participatory and process- oriented approach to development. Enabling the community with an approach of helping for self- help forms the core of our work. We work in the fields of Institution Building, Access and Control over resources, entitlement to services, acquiring, adoption and integration of traditional knowledge and new technologies. We believe that building capacities of peoples?skills and independent critical thinking can lead to self- reliance among the poor. While we adopt a holistic approach to development, we keep our programmes focused on the most marginalized communities in society—adivasi communities, dalit communities and women.


Legal Status & Values


Unnayan is a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (Reg No. 2785-31). It was formally registered on 16th of April 1990

Unnayan is also registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 1976 (Dated: 2nd January 1998, Reg no-- 105020215)


Respecting all cultures and the dignity of each and every individual irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
Transparency in all our actions.
Taking developmental work beyond the limitations of specific programmes and to work rather from a holistic perspective.
Participatory and affirmative action with sensitiveness to the diversity of needs and culture of people.


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Contact Us

Coordinating Office
HIG- 185, Kanan Vihar Phase - 1
PO Patia, Bhubaneswar – 751031
Orissa, India
Ph - +91-674-274-1112, 274-1198
Fax- 0674- 2743033 (attn: Unnayan
Email: unnayanorissa@gmail.com

Field Office -
Unnayan,At- Tambakhuri, Po. Rajghat, District. Mayurbhanj, Orissa, PIN: 756030.
Ph: +91-6781-237841