Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA )


Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) is an International Centre for Learning and Promotion of Democratic Governance. Registered in 1982 under Society Registration Act, 1860 (Registration no. 12342), PRIA has since its inception embarked on a set of key initiatives focusing on participatory research, governance issues, citizen-centric development, capacity building, knowledge building and policy advocacy. With a combination of training, research and consultancy, it has grounded its work with conceptual rigor and understanding of social reality to command the strategic direction of interventions. PRIA works with diverse range of partners at local, national and global levels.


PRIA's professional expertise and practical insights in the following areas are being utilized by other civil society groups, NGOs, governments, donors, trade unions, private business and academic institutions around the world. Some of its key areas of work include participatory development methodologies, gender mainstreaming in institutions, women’s leadership and political empowerment, participatory governance in units of local self government at the rural and urban levels (panchayats and municipalities), adult education and lifelong learning and institutional building for the social sector. With field offices in several states across India (including Bihar, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand among others) PRIA’s vision is to deepen democracy by actively facilitating the participation of the marginalized sections of society in democratic governance.




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