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SAMBANDH is a registered non-governmental Organization. Way back in 1992, a group of intellectual experts responded to the issues and problems of the marginalised people and a determined effort was made to hunt for an alternative development strategy through promotion of participatory approach.

Legal status

  • Registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.
  • Registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) of 1976.
  • Registered under section 12(A) and 80G of Income Tax Act1961.

Human Resources of SAMBANDH

Altogether 51 staff members are working in this organization. The specialized staff members are from Agricultural Science, Ayurveda, Civil engineering, Ethno-Botany, Sociology, Psychology, Biotechnology, Soil Science, Journalism, Management, and Accounts background. A panel of experts working as advisors in governance of the programs is from various sectors such as Watershed development, soil conservation, bio-diversity conservation, agricultural development, horticulture, medicinal plants etc.

Governance within

General body of 13 members from various specialized fields elects the executive committee members of 9 persons for the governance of the organization every year. Executive committee, apart from policy making, does the regular program and finance audit, based on the report of the program advisors and internal auditor.

Program Interventions and Operational Area

Our Outreach Levels of Intervention
International (Asia, Africa and Europe) Information dissemination on Indigenous Knowledge, Livelihood Aspects, Local health practices, Social Accountability and technology with web based network and linkage building with participating civil society organizations.
National (Throughout India)
  • Alliance building with Resource Agencies & individuals
  • Information dissemination on Indigenous Knowledge and technology especially on local health traditions together with livelihood aspects, climate change issues and social accountability
  • Advocacy and lobbying for effective legislation for protecting the ownership of the people.
  • Technical support service on organic farming, local health practices and other livelihood related activities
State (Throughout Odisha with special focus in Mayurbhanj, Cuttack and Rayagada Districts)
  • Alliance building with Resource Agencies & traditional folk practitioners for health and livelihood security at resource poor household level.
  • Technical Support service to Govt. & NGOs on Integrated watershed management, Micro-finance, Indigenous Health care, documentation and assessment of local health traditions, organic farming, climate change.
  • Strengthening the local governments for decentralized governance.
  • Promotion of social accountability by strengthening the Social Watch Groups.
  • Linkage with various resource agencies with people's institutions.
  • Advocacy and lobbying for the recognition of indigenous health practitioners, protection of traditional knowledge through community knowledge registers and inclusion of indigenous knowledge in school curriculum.
Operational Districts in Odisha (Kalahandi, Rayagada, Kondhmal, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Cuttack, Puri, Nayagarh, Khurda, Nuapada, Bolangir, Bargarh, Keonjhar, Deogarh and Boudh)
  • Revival & Promotion of Indigenous Health care.
  • Conservation of Medicinal Plants (In-situ & Ex-situ).
  • Livelihood promotion through local &Natural Resource Management.
  • Combating malnutrition.
  • Promotion of social accountability.
  • Focusing Climate change issues.
  • Promoting green energy alternatives.
  • Addressing increased production impact through micro-watershed management programs like soil preservation, water management, reforestation, and sustainable agriculture.
  • Enhancing employment impact mainly from non-farm activities through self-help approaches.
  • Sensitizing the children on eco-friendly local traditions for sustainable conservation of bio-diversity especially on the medicinal plants and local health care practices.