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Praise for Seva Mandir:

‘Seva Mandir has established itself as one of the world’s most innovative and effective organizations in addressing the problems of resource management, livelihoods improvement, and village-level governance.’

Prof Raj M. Desai, Georgetown University and The Brookings Institution

Seva Mandir has achieved great things in Rajasthan, winning admiration in a number of published books:

  • Mark Tully – India The Road Ahead(2011)
  • Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo – Poor Economics(2011)
  • Fizzy Ardalan – Silver Fodder
  • See also Nandita Roy: The Waste Land, a collaboration with Seva Mandir, published by National Foundation for India, which describes the lives of villagers in this area

In 2009, New Philanthropy Capital produced an in-depth analytical report on Seva Mandir. It concluded that Seva Mandir:

  • Had excellent leadership
  • Clear focus on needy groups
  • Excellent reputation in the voluntary sector
  • Were transparent and responsive
  • Measured results and impact
  • Had great community reach
  • Had excellent know-how of the areas in which it worked
  • Was well organised and professionally managed

The report further concluded that:

  • Seva Mandir’s services had good impact on the lives of children it worked with
  • Seva Mandir was critical in informing and educating the government and community about the value of early childhood development activities