Manavodaya is a centre of learning in values-based development. It is recognised as a centre of excellence in promoting people's participation through a process of self-help and empowerment. It works directly among oppressed groups at village level to facilitate process of change based on local participation, self management and control.
The experience of work at grassroots during the past 20 years of existence has led to evolution and establishment of methods and practices in social transformation that can be adopted by oppressed/marginalised/excluded groups in most cultural contexts.
Manavodaya has also been a pioneer in the promotion of self help groups in Uttar Pradesh, North India. It is known for the first credit linkage of a self help group with a rural bank in North India after months of struggle in 1993. Several thousand practitioners/professionals in NGOs, banks, government agencies and cooperatives from different parts of India have participated in capacity building programmes at Manavodaya, focussing on methods of promoting self help, empowerment and values-based development.
An international course titled People Based Development was started in 1998. The course has been regularly organised since then and has attracted participants from Africa, Europe and the US.
Human Values Award 2007
The founders of Manavodaya have been conferred the Human Values Award for Professionals in Management, Administration and Entrepreneurs at the national level
Varun and Amla Vidyarthi recently conducted two programmes for representatives of NGOs in Ethiopia
Varun Vidyarthi has been nominated as a member of the Planning Commission working group on Microfinance, PR and Gender
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