is a state level network of CSOs which was initiated by
some like minded organizations who got together to register
their protest against the demolition of Babari Masjid
in the State. Later on the network broad-based its activities
and is very active on a number of entitlement issues.
A State network of voluntary organizations in U.P. is
to promote collective voice of civil society for impacting
lives of poor and marginalized. It has been engaged in
creating a conducive environment for voluntary actions
in the State for more than a decade. The actors of civil
society and other voluntary groups joined the common platform
to increase their cumulative strength of active, dynamic,
and vibrant voluntary organizations by enabling them to
accelerate their Collective voice for impacting lives
of Poor & marginalized people. UPVAN has always adhered
to its values as EQUALITY to tackle discrimination; PARTICIPATION
towards achievements of missions; EQUAL OPPORTUNITY for
all; DEMOCRATIC FUNCTIONING with transparency and accountability;
SECULARISM & RESPECT for others activities, programs
Presently, it has a membership of 316 voluntary organizations
covering 67 districts. It commands proactive relationship
with Govt., CSOs, Media, Academia and Voluntary groups.
It intervenes regularly through its member VOs on concurrent
issues. It has gained the faith & confidence of its
members owing to democratic process initiated in a network.
Image building of voluntary sector is its significant
role achievement. UPVAN is placed as a member of NGO Cell
in the State Govt. Gradually, it has developed in to a
learning Institute in networking and collaborating 90
issue-based network and regional networks in the State.
It has developed a unique method of membership through
process of screening, level of participation and credibility.
Influencing stake-holders; research and documentation
sensitizing and perspective building; multistakeholders
dialogue and building alliances at State and National
level are the major types of interventions from UPVAN.
The program and activities in UPVAN cover Advocacy on
current issues, Networking & Alliance Building, Main-streaming
Gender and Information Resource services.
Currently UPVAN is coordinating State level Campaigns
on RTI, NREGA, GOVERNANCE ACCOUNTABILITY ETC. At present,
316 active, vibrant and credible CSOs of U.P. are member
of UPVAN. UPVAN is being supported by CORDAID, NOVIB,
UNMC, DFID, CAPART etc.