Myrada

Mission & Goals

Myrada was started in 1968. Myrada at present is directly managing 18 projects in 20 backward and drought prone Districts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. There are other States where it has collaborated with Government, Bilateral and Multilateral Programs, by contributing to program design and supporting implementation through regular training, exposure and deputation of staff. Examples of such long-term support are in the States of Haryana, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chattisgarh. It also provides similar long-term support to programs in other countries like Myanmar, Indonesia, Timor Leste and in a small way, in Iran. This approach arises from Myrada’s decision not to fly its flag all over, but to promote, in collaboration with other institutions, a proven development strategy in which the rights of the poor, women and marginalised to build and manage their own institutions, to develop their own livelihood strategies, to associate in order to lobby effectively to change oppressive relations, to access resources and build linkages are recognised

"Building institutions of the poor and marginalised which are appropriate to the resource to be managed and objective to be achieved"

This Mission is pursued by:

  • Fostering a process of ongoing change in favour of the rural poor in a way in which this process can be sustained by them through building and managing appropriate and innovative local level institutions based on their rights and rooted in values of justice, equity and mutual support .
  • Re-creating a self-sustaining livelihood base and an environmentally clean habitat and the institutions to sustain them, based on a balanced perspective of the relationship between the health of the environment and the legitimate needs of the poor.
  • Building institutions, strategies and skills through which poor families are able to secure the rights of women, children and marginalised sectors to develop their livelihood strategies leading to food security and sustained incomes.
  • Promoting convergence in the PRIs that fosters effective, appropriate and timely primary health care and education and which addresses the issues related to gender, HIV/AIDS/STIs, maternal and infant mortality rates and water borne diseases in a holistic and sustainable manner.
  • Strengthening producer and market institutions and communication networks between and among formal and informal institutions that can foster and sustain the livelihood strategies of the poor
  • Influencing public policies in favour of the poor.

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