THE BEGINNING


People’s Action for National Integration – ‘PANI’ (Empowering people to live a life with dignity) , is a social development organization working in underdeveloped regions of Uttar Pradesh in India over 32 years to create positive and enduring change in lives of communities living in abject poverty and undue inequality. It was founded in 1986 and registered in 1989. Its genesis is deeply rooted in Gandhian thought of rural development. Therefore the Gandhian ideology of integrated rural reconstruction is the key guiding principle. ‘PANI’ does this through implementing well contemplated and intended programmes in Child Development, Health, Nutrition & WASH, Sustainable Livelihoods, Gender and Governance, Natural Resource Management and Climate Change themes. The core of the program implementation lies in community action and empowerment of powerless.

The 1986-1990 has been the foundation period for ‘PANI’. The 1991-1995 has been the learning and institutional growth period, 1996-2000 has been period for scale-up of programs and themes, 2001-2010 has been period of scaling-up geography, perspective building, enhancement in visibility, and partnering with other grass-root level organizations, 2011-2015 has been period of strengthening the thematic expertise. After reaching at a stage; ‘PANI’ did its first strategic planning for 10 years in 2001 and second in 2011 for 5 years. In early 2016; ‘PANI’ developed its Theory of Change (ToC) for next 10 years. Now ‘PANI’ designs and aligns its all development interventions in line with its well formulated ToC and Sustainable Development Goals.
The head office of the organization is located in Faizabad, 130 Km from state capital Lucknow. ‘PANI’ has also a small State Office in Lucknow. This office concentrates on liaisoning and policy advocacy at the state level on the issues emerged from districts, in which community level interventions are going on.
‘PANI’ is also facilitating and hosting a network of grassroot level potential civil society organizations called Supporting Association for Thematic and Holistic Initiative-Uttar Pradesh (SATHI-UP). The 413 organizations are its member from 40 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

‘PANI’ also runs a Community Training Centre located in Bhiti block of district Ambedkaranagar. It has infrastructural capacity to provide residential training to 50 persons. This centre mainly provides trainings to CBO representatives, frontline govt functionaries and staff members of various projects.

‘PANI’ is well connected and associated with relevant state, national and international level networks/alliances/associations to contribute the development process from its grass-root level experiences and thematic expertise.

‘PANI’ is a professionally managed and well legally compliant organization having the standard HR, finance and program management systems and functions. It has 228 full time salaried staff including 40 first and second line management level staff. There is ten-member Core Management Group in ‘PANI’ to manage this organization and report to chief functionary on day to day basis and periodically/when required to the Governing Board. The CMG is comprised of 10 persons- Head-Finance, Head-HR, Head-Operations, Head-Programs, Head-IT & Admin and five Thematic Vertical Heads.

‘PANI’ implements projects in two modes- first direct intervention and second by sub-granting to grass-root level organizations of SATHI-UP in partnership mode. ‘PANI’ is implementing its various development programs currently in 19 districts.