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Association for India's Development

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Association for India's Development (AID)
FounderRavi Kuchimanchi
TypeVolunteer movement
Legal statusCharity
PurposeSustainable, Equitable and Just Development in the Republic of India
Region served
Main organ
Board of directors[1]

The Association for India's Development, Inc. (AID) is a secular charity organization[2] based in the United States[3] which promotes "sustainable, equitable and just development". AID has won several awards for its work, including the 'Global Impact Award' by the prominent newspaper 'The Times of India'.[4]


AID supports grassroots organizations in India , interconnected spheres such as educations, livelihoods, natural resources including land, water and energy, agriculture, health, women's empowerment and social justice.[5] AID focuses on a rights-based approach and is in solidarity with prominent people's movements and social workers of India. AID promotes Gandhi ji's ideas of "being the change that you wish to see in the world" inspiring people to support fair trades, organic products, question injustices and decreases their ecological footprints. AID works towards Ambedkar's vision of equality for all enshrined in India's Constitution.[6]

Organization in the United States[edit]

AID consists of a decentralized network of chapters which raise and utilize funds independently. There were 36 chapters in 2010[7] with a total volunteer strength of around 1000.[5] The major activities of the U.S. chapters are raising funds, reviewing and supporting projects in India and informing and mobilizing their communities about important social and developmental issues in India. There were about 100 projects actively supported by AID chapters in 2010.


The Jeevansaathi program began in 1998 to enable and encourage AID volunteers to engage in full-time social works. AID Jeevansaathis make a commitment to work on development issues, being part of AID's network and opening up new directions for AID to explore. Only AID volunteers are eligible to become Jeevansathis. Currently AID has seven Jeevansaathis.[8]


  1. ^ Who is Who, that's what I want to know!, Association for India's Development, archived from the original on 2010-07-13, retrieved 2010-06-03
  2. ^ Prashad, Vijay (2000). The karma of Brown folk. U of Minnesota Press. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-8166-3439-2.
  3. ^ Asgharzadeh, A.; Oka, K.; Lawson, E. (2007). Diasporic Ruptures: Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity. Sense. p. 47. ISBN 978-90-8790-050-2.
  4. ^ "For this NGO, all roads lead to India". The Times of India. September 20, 2011. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b AID - About Us, Association for India's Development, archived from the original on 2010-06-12, retrieved 2010-06-03
  6. ^ "Make a Difference | Happy Independence Day". 2015-10-29. Archived from the original on October 29, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  7. ^ AID chapters, Association for India's Development, archived from the original on 16 June 2010, retrieved 2010-06-03
  8. ^ AID - Jeevansaathis, Association for India's Development, archived from the original on 2010-06-05, retrieved 2010-06-03

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