ANANDI- Area Networking and Development Initiatives has been working with rural poor women in Gujarat, India, since 1995 with a strong emphasis on collective processes and a rights framework. The ‘empowerment approach’ is fundamental to all its interventions in the field, with an objective to create a just, equitable and peaceful society.
The empowerment approach for ANANDI concentrates on training and capacity building beyond a narrow focus on technical skills to that of political analysis for assessing contexts, risks, power, and underlying causes of a problem, challenging stereotypes, and traditional ways of responding as well as values of subordination and developing critical consciousness and a willingness to act on issues. Capacity building in our approach also includes tapping sources of inspiration and hope and strengthening skills for designing and implementing a range of action strategies such as leadership development, information gathering, analyzing and sharing, influencing and engaging with other agencies, education, collective planning and agenda-setting processes, conflict management, as well as ways to directly engage with state or institutions for advocacy, public accountability and lobbying.
Advance rights of women who belong to poor rural vulnerable marginalized communities
Intervene in structures/institutions to make them gender responsive and accountable to address inter and intra household inequities.
ANANDI’s vision is to bring rural women’s concerns in the centre of all development processes so that all can live in a just, equitable and peaceful society.
An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, and TISS Mumbai, India (1987-89 batch), currently based in Ahmedbad. Before setting up ANANDI in 1995 she worked with Mahila Samakhya Gujarat and SPARC in Maharashtra.
An alumnus of M.S. University, Vadodara, India (1988-90 batch), currently based in Devgadh Baria. She worked with Mahila Samakhya Gujarat and Janvikas prior to setting up ANANDI.
An alumnus of M.S. University Vadodara and TISS Mumbai, India (1987-89 batch) currently based in Delhi. After working with Mahila Samakhya Gujarat and Centre for Social Justice she joined in setting up ANANDI.
An alumnus of Saurashtra University ( 1980 ) and a fellow with Janvikas is currently based in Rajkot. With a core training in commerce, she was drawn to development work through her work at Mahila Samakya Gujarat and Hind Swaraj Mandal and then joined to set up ANANDI.
An Alumnus of Nirmala Niketan where she did her Masters in Social Work, is currently based in London. Before becoming a founder member of ANANDI, she too worked with Mahila Samakhya and other NGOs and an Internatinal donor organisation.
She is a founder member of Drishti a development media organisation based in Gujarat. Currently based in Bangalore and involved with using media to take the message of Kabir to diverse audiences.
He is a senior lawyer at Gujarat High Court and has represented several significant and high profile cases seeking social justice.
He is a social activist and Organizational Development Consultant to new and emerging development groups and human rights organizations.
The current Governing Board Members are
|Sr. No.||Name||Occupation/Name of Employer||Position in the Board||Country of Residence|
|1||Sunita Dhar||Director, Jagori||President||India|
|2||Sejal Dand||ANANDI, Director- Research and Advocacy ANANDI, National Advisor to Commissioners of S.C in writ pet 196/2001||Vice President||India|
|3||Neeta Hardikar||ANANDI, Executive Director & Director Tribal Program, HRE Trainer, President Janpath||Jt Secretary||India|
|4||Sumitra Thacker||ANANDI, Director- Saurashtra Program, Gender Trainer,||Secretary||India|
|5||Renu Khanna||Founder Sahaj, ShishuMilap, JSA, MFC steering group member||Member||India|
|6||Adv. Bhushan Oza||Human Rights Lawyer, HRLN Director, Advocate Gujarat High Court||Treasurer||India|
|7||Amitabh Mukhopadhyay||Accountability and Governance Expert, Retd IES||Member||India|
|8||Trupti Shah||Founder – Sahiyar Stree Sangathan - Vadodara||Member||India|
|9||Manjula Pradeep||Director – Navsarjan||Member||India|
|10||Jahnvi Andharia||Executive Director ANANDI||Ex- officio Member||India|
Inspired by the traditional art form of India the new symbol of ANANDI has multiple layers of meanings.
The figures coming together in a Fibonacci’s spiral of life protect an embryo. The spiral that is formed from the logo is the symbol of growth. All life forms in nature grow in that particular spiral shape, be it a twig with leaves or a seashell. The embryo Iike the title signifies — the new dawn for which we are collectively working towards.
The triangles moving both inwards and outwards depict the way Anandi works. We come together with all our energies to spread it out further. The human figures joining hands show the symbiotic relationship we are all in, helping each other grow and prosper.
The symbol signifies that we are a mix not a melting pot. Each of us come together with a varied backgrounds yet do not loose are individuality. In fact our individuality gets highlighted in a group, with multiple talents and capabilities joining force.
The symbol speaks of our vitality and dynamism, the energy of which is felt in the collective struggle to bring a positive change.