Our Philosophy


We believe that development is a continuous struggle to create a humane society, which sustains all human beings, as well as nature, where women men and children enjoy universal human rights. A human society is based on the values of equality, distributive justice and secularism; is liberated from oppression on the basis of caste, class, creed, gender, age, ethnicity and language; is free from all forms of exploitation and violence; and demonstrates integrity and respects the democratic policy and process.


YUVA will empower the oppressed and the marginalised by facilitating organisations and institutions towards building equal partnerships in the development process, ensuring the fulfilment of the human rights to live in security, dignity and peace. YUVA will also engage in critical partnership with government and forge alliances with other actors of civil society such as people’s movements, trade unions, women’s groups, academic institutions and private sector players to enable and strengthen the people’s empowerment process.

Core Values

All YUVA’s programmes and activities are conducted in keeping with its five non-negotiable core values.


Our Culture

Drawing from its democratic and participatory practice, YUVA encourages the organisational systems to be inclusive and non-discriminatory. Towards the same cause there are multiple forums within the organisation.

  • Organisational Management Systems
    The Strategic Management Team is comprised of the Director, Project Heads and Managerial Heads. Together they review the progress of the organisation and ensure that they are embedded in the organisational strategic foci, i.e. Poverty, Environment and Urban Governance. They are also the core team that, under the guidance of the Board Members, charts the future steps in YUVA’s journey.
  • Staff Development
    The Staff Self Help Group enjoys the membership of all YUVA employees. It was formed with the objective to provide credit to staff members at low rate of interest as also to encourage savings within YUVA employees. Loans for the purpose of education, health, house purchase and repair, repayment of loan taken at higher rate of interest, and purchase of domestic appliances are given based on the urgency of the need.Dinchak Committee organizes picnics, farewells, cultural programmes, birthday celebrations and welcome events for new members. This committee is responsible in ensuring the U for Unity thrives in YUVA.
  • Giving Back
    YUVA Sahayog was evolved as a system through which the staff could volunteer to part with at least 1% of their respective gross monthly wages as financial assistance to social activists and people’s organizations engaged in development. It is not so much a gesture in charity as much as it is recognition that a token monetary assistance will support an activist or a people’s campaign to contribute to the betterment of society. This system is not an official but a voluntary contribution.