Unnayan, the organization has been working on issue-based, need- based as well as rights- based development since its inception. This journey of Unnayan can be divided into three different phases.

1989-1993: The early phase of Unnayan witnessed a youthful spirit of the founding members where a number of charitable works were done in the state of Orissa, particularly in the Northern part of the state, i.e. Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts. During this phase the young group associated with Unnayan responded to the needs of community by organizing primary health camps, eye camps, blood donation camps. Noteworthy that this period in the history of Orissa witnessed a number of natural disasters like flood and cyclone. The group conducted relief operations as a response to these disasters. Unnayan conducted all these activities by collecting and mobilizing support from local generous individuals and institutions within the vicinity of the residence of members.

1994-1999: By this time Unnayan had earned some goodwill by its philanthropic activities and there was a shift in its approach to developmental work. Though it had not totally discarded the charitable activities, it recognized that development is a process and process orientation was reflected in its activities. The major programmes and activities that bear the testimony of this are on Increasing female literacy

»  Health and Family welfare
»  Health education
»  Small family norm
»  Developing IEC materials for community awareness
»  Workshops on strengthening Panchayat system
»  AIDS awareness programmes
»  Teachers’ training on strengthening culture and value in education
»  Skill development on sabai craft, minor forest produce for income generation
»  Savings and credit programme among women by forming self-help-groups, rural sanitation etc.


The agencies that extended support for these programmes were Health and Family Welfare department of Govt. of Orissa, Ministry of Human Resource Development of Govt. of India, District Rural Development Agency of Mayurbhanj, Unicef Bhubaneswar, Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi Bhubaneswar, CENDERET Bhubaneswar and CAPART Bhubaneswar.

2000-2006: It was towards the end of nineties, post-super cyclone may be taken as reference period, when Unnayan began to focus on its role as an implementing and facilitating agency directing its resources towards a sustainable community empowerment process. In the process it has been able to create a vertical social capital in certain fields of intervention. Addressing livelihood issues integrated with social issues through a process of self-help has been the focus of our programmes during this phase. Following are the major highlights of our programmes during this phase:


• Integrated Tribal Development programme
• Social and economic development by empowering the rural communities particularly the women
• Rehabilitation of super cyclone victims
• Establishing an all women puffedrice producers and marketing cooperative
• Sustainable livelihood generation for rural artisans by promotion of goldengrass craft
• Promotion of Livestock
• Agricultural promotion by forming water users association
• Establishing community peace and harmony by creating cadres of women peace corps(Mahila Shanti Sena)
• Setting up a maternity center to address the issues pertaining to reproductive and child health
• Total sanitation campaign

The agencies that have extended support for these initiatives during this phase are SEEDS (Canada), AID(Australia),CAN OSA, Bishnu Mandir Trust(Canada), Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, SOLID and Broederlijk Delen(Belgium), Ministry of women and child development(Govt of India), SEWA(Canada), Action Aid- India, Sakhya (UK), Oriya Sevaks, Hindu Cultural Society of west, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology(Bhubaneswar), DFID(Bhubaneswar), OSDMA(Bhubaneswar), DCHandicrafts(Gov. of India), OXFAM-GB, NABARD(Bhubaneswar), Uppsala University(Sweden), McMaster University(Canada), AID(Philadelphia), MIVA(Switzerland), Heifer International, Kalinga Hospital(Bhubaneswar).

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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