About Us


Voluntary Action Network India (VANI) is an apex body of Indian NGOs. It is a network comprised of :

  • 403 Organization Members
  • 39 Individual Members
  • 73 Associates

It has a strong base of 10000 non-governmental organizations, spread out in 29 states of India.

It strives to be a platform for: national level advocacy on issues and policies confronting the development sector; coordination and action to support and promote voluntary action in the country.

VANI has been working as a catalyst between central and state governments and their machineries on the one hand and Indian NGOs on the other. It represents NGOs' concerns and issues through policy advocacy, networking and sensitizing the government and other stakeholders.

VANI is a member of CIVICUS Affinity Group, an association of national NGOs. In October 2000, the United Nation's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted VANI a special status on their Consultative Committee.


As a platform, it promotes voluntarism and creates space for voluntary action.

As a network, it attempts to bring about a convergence of common sectoral issues and concerns for building a truly National agenda of voluntary action in the country. It also facilitates linkages of various efforts and initiatives of the voluntary sector in the country for a multiplier effect, to create and sustain the process of change in an organic manner.

As an apex body of voluntary organisations, VANI works towards fostering value-based voluntary action and long-term sustainability among its members.


Justice and Equality - VANI believes in equity and justice for every individual in the society. This necessarily includes, gender, social, economical and physical marginalisation.

Participation, Accountability and Transparency - VANI believes in promoting accountable, transparent and participatory governance system among voluntary agencies.

Reciprocity and Mutual respect- VANI believes in mutual respect and relationship of equality among voluntary organizations and other partners in development.

Knowledge: VANI recognizes Knowledge as the key to social change and hence believes in creating, demystifying and disseminating knowledge to voluntary sector and about voluntary sector


VANI is a non-government, not-for-profit, apex body of voluntary organizations, playing a proactive role in India's development process.

VANI is India's premier voluntary sector association, with membership from almost all states of India, including networks, research, grass roots implementing organizations and Community Based Organizations.

VANI catalyses change by working closely with government, donors and other stakeholders on policy issues, enhancing participation, accountability and transparency and expanding engagement opportunities for voluntary sector through research, information dissemination, advocacy, public education and global linkages. It also provides a platform for sectoral consensus building and networking. Major emphasis is laid on projecting a positive contribution of voluntary organizations in socio-economic development and nation building