Mr. Saroj Mahapatra has been appointed as the next Executive Director with Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), which is one of India’s foremost agencies working on uplift of rural areas and people. Mr. Mahapatra has been associated with PRADAN as an Integrator for the state of Chhattisgarh. He will take up responsibilities of Executive Director from April 1, 2022.
Saroj has more than 25 years of experience in working on both Central and State Government Projects around increasing effectiveness of flagship programmes like MGNREGA and NRLM, several multi-lateral projects with agencies such as WFP, IFAD, UNICEF and World Bank, and promoting multi-stakeholder networks. In all his endeavours he has ensured the leadership of women from the most marginalised households. He has directly worked with the Adivasi, dalit and other deprived communities of Central India. He has provided leadership to PRADN’s work on small-holder irrigation and climate resilience through Integrated Natural Resource Management. Saroj was instrumental in preparing the INRM manual for MGNREGA implementation of Ministry of Rural Development, GoI. He has been part of working groups for Inclusive processes for Village Development Planning, strengthening rural livelihoods, convergence of different flagship programs and climate resilient interventions.