(Center for Development Support) 36, Green Avenue Chuna Bhatti, Kolar Road Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Thematic Experience:
Capacity Development; Governance; Collective Action.


Samarthan - Centre for Development Support is a leading non-profit organisation, working in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh in India since 1995. Samarthan promotes participatory development and participatory governance through direct field action, capacity building, research and advocacy. We have traversed the decade old journey consistently pursuing promoting and strengthening civil society efforts and participatory development processes favouring the poor, the oppressed and the disadvantaged sections of society. Samarthan was established in 1994 as an organization to support the development of civil society groups in the state of Madhya Pradesh and to help them integrate into mainstream development activities. Its stated mission is to create a social order of equal opportunities and access to information, especially focusing on the poor and disadvantaged sections of the society. It has adopted a 'participatory' approach and built its strategies around the issues of 'governance' and 'development'.

Apart from direct interventions at select locations in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, Samarthan works on issue based partnership with a more than 200 NGOs and strategic partners to demonstrate examples of participatory governance as well as to amplify voices of the poor, dalits, tribals and women in policy-making platforms. Through our interventions we attempt to serve as a bridge between the people and the governance institutions.

In order to build micro-macro linkages, Samarthan believes in alliance building with national and international organisations. We are associated with Society of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), New Delhi, Voluntary Action Network in India (VANI), New Delhi and National Social Watch Coalition.

Samarthan has a strong team of around 50 professionals drawn from various reputed institutions as well as committed youth emerging from the grass roots as community leaders in our intervened areas. We have developed an 'Academy of Civil Society Leaders' as a campus, which can accommodate about 40 participants in a residential training programme with a well-equipped training hall and other related services including a library.