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Manavodaya in Sanskrit mean “Human Awakening”. The institute was founded in the year 1985 with the purpose of promoting a new paradigm in development that builds on human values and enables the poorest sections of society to participate in the process of change.
It works directly among oppressed groups at village level to facilitate process of change based on local participation, self management and control. It is now recognised as a centre of excellence in promoting people’s participation through a process of self-help and empowerment. The institution is also known as the pioneer of the self help movement that has impacted millions of lives in India.
The experience of work at grassroots has led to evolution and establishment of methods and practices in social transformation that can be adopted by oppressed/marginalised/excluded groups in most cultural contexts.