United Artists' Association
Sector : Livelihood, Environment, Housing, Energy, Water, Sanitation & Waste Management, Rights & Social Issues, Rural & Agriculture, Relief
Beneficiaries : Children, Women, Youth, Tribal, Rural Poor
Location : Ganjam, Orissa
Active since: 1967
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Children, Women, Youth, Tribal, Rural Poor, Environment
Sector Livelihood
Sub-sector Livelihood Promotion
Sector Environment
Sub-sector Environmental education
Sector Housing, Energy, Water, Sanitation & Waste Management
Sub-sector Water, Sanitation
Sector Rights & Social Issues
Sub-sector Women's Rights
Sector Rural & Agriculture
Sub-sector Agriculture & allied services
Sector Rural & Agriculture
Sub-sector Dalits, Tribals
Sector Relief
Sub-sector Natural calamities, Disaster relief
Registered Office Roula Street, Ganjam, Ganjam, Orissa, India, Pin Code - 761026
Phone Nos Office: +91 6811 254314, Mobile: +91 9437064314,

UAA works for Establishing a non-exploitative, gender and human rights sensitive, environment friendly, hunger free and self-reliant healthy society with the objective of Enabling the marginalised communities especially women to lead a dignified life

To achieve the set objectives various programmes were taken up which includes community organisation, education, health and sanitation, protection of environment, training, social forestry, disaster preparedness, livelihood and application of appropriate sustainability Agriculture, community enterprise, marine resource/wildlife conservation, relief and rehab activities.

United Artists’ Association (UAA) believes in community empowerment and provides support and strengthens to people’s organisations, NGOs and CBOs in its area of operation. UAA has adopted a ‘bottom-up’ strategy to ensure community participation. Promote women enterprise, conserve bio-diversity for sustainable livelihoods, Organic farming for sustainable agriculture with low-cost and appropriate technology based organic manure, pest control to make agriculture profitable, involve communities in all actions related to health particularly adolescent health and hygiene, water sanitation etc. Discourage involvement of middlemen in the supply chain, promote value addition and community trading of processed products.

• Organising the poor to assert their rights.
• Enabling the disadvantaged sections to protect and promote their livelihood.
• Enabling the needy to improve their quality of life.
• Lobbying and advocacy with Government policy makers and planners for people friendly development strategy.
In the course of 44 years of development work at the grassroots level, the organisation has acquired special skills in community organisation and the process of building up people’s organisations. It also enjoys active support and co-operation of the State, District and Block level officials. As one of the leading organisations in the State, it has a high standing as a reliable committed voluntary organisation in Government circles. This is born out by the fact that the Government has nominated UAA to various state and district level consultative/ advisory committees from time to time. During the year the organisation received an award for its project “SAMUDRAM”, a state level federation of marine fisher women, through which the organisation promoted marine resource conservation and increase income of fishers in Odisha. The award is facilitated by UNDP for “CONSERVATION and POVERTY REDUCTION”, Equator Prize – 2010. Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries, Government of India has nominated UAA as one of the National Task Force member for BOBLME Program. Both Government and UN agencies has entrusted the responsibility of Nodal Agency for implementation of Water and Sanitation program as well as coordinate Disaster Preparedness activities in the district. In the year 2001 the organisation is being honored with a State Level Award for ‘Commendable Service to Humanity’ by the “State IYV Committee” headed by The Chief minister. Currently UAA provides support service to:
22-Block level NGOs
2 Block level dalit women’s organisations
1 District level federation of farmers’ organisations
1 District level federation of tribal organisations and
1 State level federation of women marine fish workers’ organisations (Samudram- www.samudramodisha.com) and
1 State level traditional marine fish workers’ union( OTFWU)
1 State level forum of Organic farmers and promoters (Odisha Jaiba Krushi Sangathan)
1 State level forum of conservation groups, local CBOs, Scientists and nature lovers called Odisha Marine Resource Conservation Consortium (OMRCC – www.omrcc.org).
1 District level Farmers Federation – (Rushikulya Rayat Mahasabha - RRM).
1 district level NGO network with 22 block level NGOs in Ganjam
1 district level federation of tribal people – the Ganjam Zila Adivasi Mancha.
Learning & Expertise:

• Active and conscious participation of the focus community in the development process ensures sustainability.
• Effective leaders emerge from among the community to address their problems provided space is created in development intervention.
• Mobilising tribals, dalits, farmers and fishers to address their needs.
• Building networks of NGOs, CBOs and People’s Organisation and establishing linkage with State and National level like-minded networks and movements.
• Participatory planning through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) & Participatory Learning Action (PLA).
• Social auditing and documentation of different development programs
• Promotion of SHGs & Micro Finance
• Promotion of Enterprise
• Establishing community based ‘cooperative market access initiative by poor fish producers and Farmers’.
• Promoting value addition and Production & Marketing of hygienically processed fisheries products.
• Conservation and protection of marine resource particularly Olive Ridley Turtle and sustainable fisheries with the participation of local communities.
• Appropriate management of emergency relief, rehabilitation and disaster preparedness program.
• Promotion of School health program with CHILD-to-Child strategy.
• Promotion of rural sanitation and safe water with the collaboration of network of NGOs and Govt.
• Establishment and management of educational institutions both formal and non-formal.
• Promotion of organic farming and livelihood support.
• Protection, preservation and promotion of forest and environment with people’s participation.
• Study and documentation.
• Lobbying and Advocacy.
• Program
The Executive Body, consisting of 11 members, manages the program of UAA. It reviews the programs, performance of the staff and suggests measures for meaningful intervention in the project villages. The General Body meets once a year. It takes policy decision, suggests programme and measures for improvement. The Secretary with the help of a 5-member core team manages the programs of the organisation.

• Finance:
UAA is wedded to the principle of transparency in the matter of financial management since its very birth. One highly qualified and experienced staff maintains the accounts of the organisation. Computerization of accounts has also been done. The Secretary and the Vice-president (distinguished unpaid volunteer) of the organisation jointly operate the Bank accounts. Most of the payments are made through cheque. The accounts of the organisation are audited by Sabat & Co, Charted Accountants, Bhubaneswar.
Contact person: Mangaraj Panda, Secretary, Email: uaaorissa@gmail.com,