Out of school child with lots of question in his eyes.
Out of school child in serious mood. Can you imagine what he is thinking?
A girl child in school. Looking forward...
A child in school. You can see the confidence in his eyes...
A child in school. Dreams in eye...
Out of school child. Rebellion... Enjoying his freedom...


The idea of Samavesh had evolved over a number of years, through our experiences with development programs and debates within Eklavya. The team launching Samavesh had been part of Eklavya, and had received support to experiment, evolve and finally branch out as an independent organisation. Since the newly emergent group within Eklavya, initially called Centre for Planning and Development, had a long-term interest in development and governance, it was felt that a separate organization would best serve this purpose. As can be expected with such organisational initiatives, the decision was preceded by a long period of debate and discussions over a variety of alternatives.

The main objectives of Samavesh are as follows:

  • Studying and evolving systems and strategies for strengthening processes of participative development and democratic governance.
  • Evolving strategies to support poor and deprived groups, especially dalits, tribals and women in rural areas to come together through social and economic organizations to strive for change.
  • Promote and build capacities of community groups and local people as resource persons to lead and sustain changes in the areas of basic needs such as health, education, natural resources, improved agriculture, etc.
  • Carry out studies and research in relevant fields to understand and evolve effective strategies for better governance and development.
  • Samavesh believes in working closely with other groups and organisations striving towards similar objectives. In extending the outreach of socio-economic programs special efforts are required to collaborate with the government as well as networks of ngos.