In an international ranking published by Global_Geneva, Gram Vikas has been ranked 2nd in the list of Best NGOs in India and 24th in the world. The annual ranking is based on several parameters including ideas, values, and models that challenge normal approaches to policy, market and and NGO activity.
Gram Vikas, the Indian non-profit organisation that works with rural and tribal communities, was selected for this honour from among over 2000 such organisations. Being an independent ranking editor, Global_Geneva’s ranking process is grounded in public access to NGOs information and data based on three critical areas – impact, innovation, and sustainability. So far, Gram Vikas has also leveraged and built mutually beneficial partnerships with international development agencies, corporates, and other like-minded partner organisations.
With social inclusion at the core of its values, Gram Vikas has already impacted more than 1,200 villages covering over 75,000 families and 400,000 individuals. Gram Vikas is currently facilitating one of the largest Rural Disaster Resilient Housing project in the world in its role as the Socio Technical partner to OSDMA (Odisha State Disaster Management Authority). The programme aims to build disaster resilient houses and community facilities for the benefit of over 22,000 people who were affected by Cyclone Phailin.
Gram Vikas was set up in Odisha in the early 1970s through student volunteers to help victims of a devastating cyclone. Thereafter, the organisation has been engaged in work in the fields of education and awareness, livelihoods, and improving health and living conditions of tribal communities.