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Chairperson's Note

PATH has had yet another year of fruitful existence. Targeted Intervention ( TI ) Project , Transit Migration Programme ,CSC Vihaan Project aegis/ guardianship of HIV AIDS Alliance India (GFATM) , PPTCT Project In District Azamgarh aegis/ guardianship of IL&FS (CSR DIVESITON ) , Link Worker Scheme ( LWS ) Project aegis /guardianship of NACO/UPSACS in District Jaunpur and Gonda.All the projects being run by our organization relating to HIV prevention special emphasis is paid to welfare and well being of women in the society especially the depraved and deprived.Our organization by creating self help groups of HRG (High Risk Group) females aims to economically empower them so that they move a step ahead in bridging the gap of gender discrimination in the project area.We also constantly sensitize them so that they are aware of their social rights and are able to forcefully assert themselves against any form or level of social discrimination .Our organization and its staff sincerely believe that economic empowerment ultimately leads to social empowerment , a path which is no doubt full of potholes and hindrances but our staff patiently handles all the hardships and in the end are able to achieve the essential goal of women empowerment and bridging the gap of gender discrimination.

PATH has also undertaken the Integrated watershed management programme in collaboration with Ministry Of Land & Water Resource Development Of Govt. Of India by lending it technical support ( preparation Of DPR, Baseline survey, Livelihood aspect & capacity building in identified target areas of district Sant Kabir Nager (U.P.)

The development sector has been experience a very steep conceptual as well as pragmatic change in the recent time. The sector, which emerged out of altruism and voluntarism, has now almost has been overshadowed with professionalism. Though the concept of professionalism is not new is Social Work, yet there was a significant place of voluntarism. Gandhi and Vinoba added new dimensions of voluntarism to revive the rural economy as well as cater the needs of most vulnerable sections of the society. Both of them had vision of self-reliance and sustainability in their approach. Unfortunately philosophies propagated by these two visionaries are lacking their appropriate places in the rural as well as urban development approaches.

No doubt, today’s development approaches are holistic, organized, empirical and sophisticated. But at the same time lots of contradictions could also be found in these approaches. Bottom-up approach is definitely preferred than the top down. But in reality micro-realism is being given scant regard during the policy formulation at the macro level. Despite profound success of PRA and other participatory methods of planning, execution and monitoring, no government or non-government donor organization approves the planning phase with assurance that the project will also be approved, based on the needs and problems as identified by the disadvantaged communities. Applications of PRA techniques find its niche in the approved framework of a project. There is one drawback attached to PRA techniques also. They consume lots of time of rural poor, without giving them immediate compensation for losses of their wages. It is the ripe time to ponder how to given value to the time and wisdom of the rural poor.

The increasing professionalism is also accelerating debate on different jargons used in the development sector over the past many years. Is it not true that the perceptions are more important than the jargons?

Progressive Agency to Humanity which is an established organization and primarily focusing in the rural and urban areas of Bareilly,Barabanki,Bahraich,Balia Jaunpur , Gonda and Azamgarh district, is determined to incorporate a mixed approach of voluntarism and professionalism, with true representation to the section, it is focusing. It is trying to fight against the contradictions and giving added value to people’s wisdom in planning the development strategies. Since the inception the organization is practising the same belief.

This report, giving stock of the activities the organization is undertaking and its effects and impact, has been brought out with a view to information dissemination to our project participants, donor agencies, the government and non government bodies and to those who are committed to development works. I nurture a high hope that this report will comprehensively express the quantitative and qualitative dimensions of our achievements and develop a spirit of future participation and commitment to the cause of rural and urban development.

Shardindu Upadhyay

M.A. in Social Work(MSW), M.A. Political Science, P.G.D. in IRPM