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About Us

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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.

Founder Members

Board Members

The current Governing Board Members are

Sr. No.NameOccupation/Name of EmployerPosition in the BoardCountry of Residence
1Ms. Vimala RamachandranSocial WorkerPresidentIndia
2Ms. Neeta HardikarSocial WorkerMemberIndia
3Ms. Sejal DandDirector ANANDI Technical Support Unit Vice PresidentIndia
4Mr. Bhusan OzaAdvocate, Gujarat High Court MemberIndia
5Ms. Renu KhannaDirector, SahajMemberIndia
6Dr.Tara NairProfessor, GIDRMemberIndia
7Jahnvi AndhariaSocial WorkerTreasurerIndia
8Jeevika ShivCo Director - ANANDIJt. SecretaryIndia
9Sejal DaveCo Director - ANANDIJt. SecretaryIndia


Awards Received
  • The Time Magazine chose ANANDI as one of its 29 Asian Heroes in the year 2002-2003 for its work in response to the communal carnage of Gujarat in 2002.
  • The Vishwa Vatsalya and Sant Bal award Foundation Trust, Ahmedabad, in recognition of the excellent work done by the organisation on building rural women’s’ awareness.
  • The Nagardas Doshi Smarak Nidhi Chalala awarded to ANANDI for building rural women’s’ awareness.
  • Federation of Gujarat Industries award for Excellence in the field of Rural Development to ANANDI at the hands of Dr. Abdul Kalaam (Hon. Ex. President of India) – 2008
  • Young Gandhian’s Award to ANANDI team member for excellent work in rural development – Year 2011
  • Ashok Gondhia Awards to the sangathan leaders supported by ANANDI – Years 2006 and 2009
  • Police Suraksha Setu – Panchamahaals District for Women’s Empowerment – 2014
  • Sitaram Rao Livelihood Case Study Competition 2014 – 3rd Position for the Case “ Sajeev Kheti No Nirdhar Banyo Ajeevika no Adhaar” – “Collective Organic Farming Becomes Livelihood Support”. – Presented at the Access Asia Livelihood Summit – 2014

Networks and Alliances

  • Jan Swasthya Abhiyan
  • WGWLO – Working Group for Women and Land Ownership
  • SAFA – South Asian Feminist Alliance
  • Dai Sangathan
  • Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel
  • Community Action of Nutrition
  • Child Rights Campaign
  • SHG Equity Group
  • MAKAM – Mahila Kisan Manch