Narendranath is an Integrator PRADAN. He joined PRADAN thirty-three years back and have contributed
significantly to evolving ideas and programmes around rural livelihoods and women’s empowerment.
The work done by Naren and colleagues in the late-80s paved way for the emergence of the Self-Help-
Group movement in Eastern India. As a field professional in PRADAN in Jharkhand and Rajasthan, Naren
organised rural women in SHGs and implemented livelihood programmes. Later he was involved in a
number of national and international research and documentation efforts to build knowledge from
practice. Naren set up the National Resource Centre for Livelihoods in PRADAN for influencing and
informing the design and implementation of the flagship development initiatives of the Government
such as the NRLM and MGNREGA, and facilitated policy dialoguing. He functions as Board member in a
few civil society organisations and also takes keen interest in fostering NGO networks. He lives in Delhi
with his wife and daughter.
Recently, an organization called ‘Srijan Foundation’ (SF), Jharkhand has been in the news for violation of FCRA norms .
For those who are wondering whether there is any connection between that organization and our organization Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (referred to as SRIJAN), we clarify that SRIJAN is in no way connected to or associated with Srijan Foundation, Jharkhand .
We have no field presence either in Jharkhand or Bihar .