History

Aide et Action International (AEAI) is an INGO founded in 1981, in Paris. In 2007, it shifted headquarters’ to Geneva. AEAI operates in 32 countries reaching to more than 3 million people. It envisions a world where “dignity is ensured for all men and women through education” and its mission is “to make education a level for human development”.

AEAI was operational in India since 1981 and got registered in 1988 as a not-for-profit private limited company under section 25 of the Indian Companies Act, 1956. Today the India operation is part of the South Asia operations that comprise Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. The AEAI-South Asia office cum AEA (India) office is located in Chennai.

AEA’s actions are guided by Nine focal themes; Access to Quality Education, Livelihood Education, Inclusive education, Women’s Education and Empowerment, Disaster preparedness and Mitigation, Health Education and HIV AIDS, Education for Migrating population, Early Child Care and Education and Education for Global Citizenship.

The projects are managed by highly professional teams operating from seven sub regional offices (Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Patna). The projects are implemented directly by AEA or through partnership with local NGOs.

Our initiatives benefit Children from underprivileged sections (Children of Migrant workers, Children living in difficult situations, Children of commercial sex workers, Children affected due to ethnic violence, Dropout children, adolescents, Never enrolled children), Person with Disability, Person Living with HIV/AIDs, Unemployed Youth population, Communities Vulnerable to Natural Disasters and Migrant Population (Distress migrants) with special focus on women and girl child.

In 2017, there are 35 projects operational across India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and reaching out to a total population of 600,000. Our projects are engaged with more than 100,000 Primary School Children and 3,118 Teachers across 799 Schools and have trained more than 11,000 youths in employability skills.

Vision & Mission

Vision

A world where dignity is ensured for all men and women through education.

Mission

To make education a lever for human development.

Values

Liberty / Respect / Solidarity / Integrity / Equity

Our Strategy

We use EDUCATION as a strategic tool to bring positive impact in the life of underprivileged children and youth. All our actions are guided by nine themes and 5 core concepts.

Our Board

South Asia Advisory Board Members

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha
President

Prof. Wijesinha is currently the Chairman of Tertiary Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka. A former professor of English, Prof Wijesinha served as the State Minister for Higher Education, Sri Lanka. He also served as the Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat of Sri Lanka and was a member of Parliament in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Rukmini Rao
Member

A noted social and rural development activist, Dr Rukmini Rao is working with women at many levels of Indian society but particularly with the poor, underpriviledged and vulnerable. She was conferred with “WOMAN OF THE YEAR – 2014” award by “THE WEEK”.

Dr. Kedar B. Mathema
Member

A leading thinker of Nepal, Dr Manthema is the former ambassador of Nepal to Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia. He also served as the vice chancellor of Tribhuvan University. Dr Manthema is a respected critic of various development and democracy efforts in the country.

Mr. Sharad Chandra Behar
Member

Mr. Sharad Chandra BEHAR joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1961. As an IAS Officer, he held a number of important positions in the Government of Madhya Pradesh and Government of India where a major part of his career was devoted in the area of education. After retiring from service in 1997 as Chief Secretary to the Government of Madhya Pradesh, he worked as Vice Chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism.

Ms. Vibha Puri Das
Member

Ms Vibha Puri Das (IAS) was the Former Secretary in the Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Prior to this posting, she was Additional Secretary in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Executive Director, Central Social Welfare Board.

Mr. Sanjeev Kotnala
Member

A leading Brand and Marketing expert and a Certified Life Coach specializing in Life & Mid-life-transition coaching, Mr Sanjeev Kotnala has a rich and varied experience of working with some of the biggest names in the media and advertising industry. In his career spanning 30 years, Mr Kotnala has been associated with Dainik Bhaskar Group, Citibank, Motorola, ITC Welcome group, Hero Honda, Yamaha, MTNL, Maruti, and Oriental Insurance.

India Board Members

Mr. Sharad Chandra Behar
President

Mr. Sharad Chandra BEHAR joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1961. As an IAS Officer, he held a number of important positions in the Government of Madhya Pradesh and Government of India where a major part of his career was devoted in the area of education. After retiring from service in 1997 as Chief Secretary to the Government of Madhya Pradesh, he worked as Vice Chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism.

Ms. Claire Calosci
Secretary

Ms Claire holds degrees in education science, psycho-pedagogy and socio-ethnology from the University of Paris. She has around 38 years of experience related to sustainable development and has worked in Mali, Congo, India and Vietnam. From 1993 to 1996, she created and directed Aide et Action in Benin.

Mr. Sanjeev Kotnala
Member

A leading Brand and Marketing expert and a Certified Life Coach specializing in Life & Mid-life-transition coaching, Mr Sanjeev Kotnala has a rich and varied experience of working with some of the biggest names in the media and advertising industry. In his career spanning 30 years, Mr Kotnala has been associated with Dainik Bhaskar Group, Citibank, Motorola, ITC Welcome group, Hero Honda, Yamaha, MTNL, Maruti, and Oriental Insurance.

Dr. Rukmini Rao
Member

A noted social and rural development activist, Dr Rukmini Rao is working with women at many levels of Indian society but particularly with the poor, underpriviledged and vulnerable. She was conferred with “WOMAN OF THE YEAR – 2014” award by “THE WEEK”.

Our Team

Ravi Pratap Singh
Regional Director

He is involved in building the vision of AEAI-SA, developing strategies for resource mobilisation, developing projects and strategies for geographical expansion and contributing to the process of the internationalisation of Aide et Action. His areas of expertise are strategic planning and programme development, participatory approaches and practices in education, livelihood systems and natural resource management. He has been associated with civil society organisations in India and many other countries in Asia and Africa.

Aishwarya Mahajan,
Regional Head – Livelihood Education

Dr Aishwarya has over 15 years of experience in the development domain. A Doctorate in Sociology, he is a specialist in the field of Livelihood Education. Currently, he is also the Regional Manager of Jaipur.

David Willaims
Regional Head- Finance and Administration

David is responsible for overall financial management of AEAI-SA. He has over 20 years of experience in financial management and specialises in financial management, audits and information technology. He holds a Post Graduate degree in Public Administration.

P.B.Sajeev,
Regional Head – Programme Development & Support

Sajeev provides strategic directions & support to the operational units of AEAI-SA. He has over 20 years of experience and is an expert in areas of Programme & Project Development and Management, Micro – Planning, Participatory Rural Appraisal. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development and Post Graduation in Systems Management.

Sreedhar Rao
Regional Head – Human Resources & Organizational Development

Sreedhar guides and provides strategic directions for HR&OD practices in AEAI-SA. He holds a Post graduate degree in Social Work (HR) and has over 30 years of experience in HR & OD domain. He is a certified specialist in HRD Audit, Competency Mapping, Psychometric Testing and OD facilitation.

Umi Daniel
Regional Head- Migration

Umi Daniel has over twenty years of experience in the development sector specializing in the theme of Migration. In the capacity of Regional Head- Migration he provides technical, managerial, capacity building, research and advocacy support to internal & external stakeholders of AEAI-SA on the rights and entitlements of unorganised migrant labour in particular and specific to education, nutrition and protection of migrant children.

Meera Shankar
International Coordinator – Sponsorship

Meera has over 20 years of experience in the area of sponsorship. In the capacity of International Coordinator – Sponsorship, she provides technical, managerial, capacity building support to South Asia and other AEAI Regional Offices.

Global Presence

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Financials

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