Society for Uttaranchal Development & Himalayan Action


Society for Uttaranchal Development and Himalayan Action (SUDHA) has been serving the cause of people-centered, people-managed, people-controlled and people-owned development process. It believes that sustainable development and good governance can be ensured only through active and effective involvement of the local community irrespective of caste, class or gender. It endeavours to empower the people in ways such that they can take their own decisions regarding their progress and build a stable society that is free of social, economic and gender inequity.

SUDHA is a progressive social organization registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and was established on 1st October 1999. Besides SUDHA Accreditation includes under IT Act 1961, Section 12A, 80G and FCRA, working in District Almora (Uttaranchal) and its vicinity in the fields of Training, Socio-Economic Research and Development. Likewise the organization seizes a good experience in SHGs Formation, their Strengthening & Skill Up-gradation, Promotion of IGP/Entrepreneurship Development Programmes, Reinforcing Sensitization Programmes for Women and Children on Health & Nutrition, Sanitation, Natural Resource Management, Livelihood Generation etc. The organization is based in Almora, Uttarakhand having its work presence throughout the state of Uttrakhand. Recently we have also amended our bye-laws for working at all India level.

The organization has been formed with an objective of developing the human resource base to achieve the goals of development anfd community outreach training and capacity building. Accordingly the organization has been working in the state of Uttarakhand for more than a decade and has multi-sectoral experience especially in the field of capacity building and training, support agency for planning under various government programs, as well as Monitoring and Evaluating Agency empanelled with Uttarakhand Institute of Rural Development (UIRD) in Uttarakhand.

SUDHA has also been a partnering and implementing agency for various external aided projects, some of the major collaborators being MoRD (GoI), MoHFW (GoI), UWCD-State Government, NABARD, PLAN-UK, UDWDP/World Bank, State Government, District Industries Center, UIRD, SBMA, MCF. The organization also possesses experience of implementing externally funded project. In the area of Strengthening Community based Institutions and promoting Livelihoods SUDHA with agencies viz. NABARD, BASIX, DRDA, UWCDS, UDWDP etc. has formed and strengthened around 250 Community Based Institutions including SHGs, FIGs, Kisan Clubs, Federations which are apex bodies for grasroot development activities and sustainable growth.

Few of the projects of worth implemented by the organization include World Bank aided UDWDP Project, Consulting assignments under ULIPH (IFAD aided), Strengthening of Community based Organizations under Diversified Agriculture Support Project (DASP), NABARDs Rural Innovation Fund, SHG Livelihood Improvement through DRDA-NRLM, DIC-DRDA Supported IGA Skill Up-gradation Programmes etc. all endeavoring at grooming and empowering the community towards self-fortification and socio-economic upliftment.

SUDHA’s work has been spread over entire state however some key assignments executed are confined to mainly all Hill Districts, wherein the area is marked by characteristics like Inaccessibility, Fragility, Marginality and Diversity.