Dr. Yogesh Kumar completed his Ph.D. from the Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow as an ICSSR Doctoral Fellow in Development Economics in 1990. Dr. Kumar is the founder member and Executive Director of “Samarthan – Centre for Development Support” working in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. He has an experience of more than 25 years in the development sector and is a professional of international repute on the issue of participatory governance and development.
Dr. Kumar has active engagement in local governance, accountability and transparency discourses with expertise in participatory planning, social audits, citizens report card, community score cards etc. He facilitated emergence of a network of elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Madhya Pradesh.
Manjula Pradeep is a Human Rights Activist with three decades experience working for the rights of marginalised communities in India. She is co-founder of WAYVE Foundation and National Council of Women Leaders (NCWL) and Director of Campaigns at Dalit Human Rights Defenders Network (DHRDNet).
Mr. Venkat Balsure is an Administrative officer with National Centre for Advocacy (NCAS) he has been working with NCAS since 1997.also he has worked with other various organisations like Save the Children’s, Centre for Environment Education.He did his graduation in B.A. Sociology from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeth, Pune in 2006.
Jagadananda presently leads the Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD). He demitted the office as the State Information Commissioner, Odisha to advance the Right to Information (RTI) agenda in the State in August 2013 and was a member of the State Planning Board of Odisha, following his active campaigning for people-centric decentralized planning. He is also the President of the National Social Watch (NSW). In 2008, he was a Member of the Committee on State Agrarian Relations and the Unfinished Task in Land Reforms.