Kirankumar Vissa, Association for India's Development, Inc.

The most important thing about the efforts of ASDS is that they are working with probably the most vulnerable communities in India, namely adivasis who have fled the violence in Chattisgarh leaving their entire assets and livelihoods behind, for whom survival itself is a big problem. Moreover, the adivasi families who have been displaced from Chattisgarh live deep inside the forests, and their temporary settlements are quite difficult to access due to the terrain as well as threat to personal safety caught between the naxalites and the security forces. ASDS could well have ignored the problem of the 'internal refugees' and continued to be a successful NGO within their comfort zone, but they chose voluntarily to take the risks and enormous trouble of working with the Gothikoya community (displaced adivasis). In spite of this, ASDS has been able to take its services to thousands of displaced families, paying special attention to the needs of the women and children - because they realize that in most conflict situations, the women and the girl children are the worst affected. The untiring work and sincerity of ASDS and their willingness to take on risks for the sake of the most needy, is an example for all voluntary organizations. AID has worked with more than 200 of the best NGOs around the country, but ASDS is really special among them.


Dr. Rukmini Rao

ASDS has the potential to become a model to bring about change and create pro-poor models for development. It has shown excellent achievements and potential to promote women-centered development and provide indigenous people an opportunity to become leaders. They are working under extremely difficult conditions to ensure that human rights are protected.


P.S. Ajay Kumar, Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruttidarula Union (APVVU)

ASDS has been working towards the welfare of adivasis and displaced adivasis for several years. They have done very good work in forest conservation and income generation for tribal women. Through the efforts of ASDS, the Natwan Sangham ("natwan" means women in koya language) was formed of koya adivasi women. This is the first such sangham formed in Andhra Pradesh for tribal women's rights. ASDS has also played a very active role in implementation of NREGS in Bhadrachalam agency area.



Javed Iqbal

In nature of the issue they are involved with (tribal rights), they are fighting against insurmountable odds.



S. Jeevan Kumar, Human Rights Forum (HRF)

I recommend support to the organisations as an activist involved in Human Rights for the last 35 years.ASDS has been working with tribals for quite some time.Presently they are seriuosly engaged with the problems on Internally Displaced People(IDP'S)and their rights.Large number of tribals have crossed the border of Chattisgarh and came to Badrchalam area where this organisation is working.This organisation is working to for the survival of these hapless tribals by invoving all of us to bargain with the Government food and shelter for them.No other organisation brought to light the problems of these IDP tribals from Chattisgarh.It is ASDS that is responsible for creating a soft and a postive stance of the Govt. of A.P towrds these people.



Prof. Nandini Sundar

I know ASDS because of its work on conflict induced displacement. ASDS is playing a very valuable role in serving IDPs. At a time when nobody else was taking up the issue, and there were serious dangers involved, ASDS took on the task and has created a solid body of work. It has made a real difference to the lives of those who would otherwise have not been served at all, and its bridge courses for children have got them into regular school. This is a real achievement. I have marked them as good rather than excellent only because I am not involved in their work on a daily basis, but their impact is very good.



Raghu P, Action Aid India

ASDS in its mission and work has been committed to the rights of the most marginalised in general and tribals in specific. The team, under the competent and passionate leadership of Mr. Gandhi Babu, has been able to plan and implement the programmes with quality. The democratic space within the organisation, meticulous and consistent planning and review processes are important factors for the success of the organisation. They maintain a good balance between assertion of the rights as well as promoting constructive alternative on the ground simultaneously. Though the director Mr. Gandhi Babu studied up to upper primary only, he could succeed in creating space for the professionals in the organisation. One more important strength of the organisation is its bold stance in case of critical issues in the region. They could take up a stand against a big irrigation project that would create disaster for the tribals. When no NGO could take initiative, they came forward to work with the tribals affected by the conflict induced diplacement.