Samaj Pragati Sahayog

About Samaj Pragati Sahayog

Baba Amte - Samaj Pragati Sahayog - SPS
Taking inspiration from the life and work of Baba Amte, our Pramukh Sahayogi, who rejected charity and successfully empowered even the most challenged.
Samaj Pragati Sahayog

Working on water and livelihood security since 1990

Over the last three decades, Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) has grown to be one of India’s largest grass-roots initiatives for water and livelihood security, working with its partners on a million acres of land across 72 of India’s most backward districts, mainly in the central Indian Adivasi belt.


Families impacted

467 Crore

Total loan leveraged

1 Million Acres

Of land worked upon across 72

Backward Districts of India

What is Samaj Pragati Sahayog?

Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) is an organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. As per the Act, the Executive Committee (EC) is the highest decision-making body and executive powers are vested in the Secretary.

The role of the EC is to provide broad guidance and oversight to SPS work. Day-to-day responsibility rests with the 25-member Core Team of experienced professionals who work full-time at headquarters, leading the team of 225 SPS activists.

SPS is a learning organisation, highly critical of its own functioning, both in terms of processes and performance. We regard every endeavor of ours as a drop in the vast ocean of strife. But also aspire for perfection within the striving to be this drop. We believe that the inherent limitation of bureaucracy derives from its foundation in the specification of offices – that people are responsible only for their own jobs. We have sought to move decisively beyond this conception towards an organization whose master concept is that “everyone contributes their best for the success of the whole”. This is a deeply interactive, consultation organization where consensus is created through institutionalized dialogue.

Our metro-educated, local-educated and village professionals all have unique insights such that they can greatly benefit by being open to learning from the other, quite irrespective of position in the hierarchy. We see the maintenance of tension within healthy bounds as the key to any creative and dynamic organisation. Greater emphasis is placed on principles rather than rules. This encourages flexibility and creativity in response to challenges.

The regular interface of people across teams, facilitated by the Core Team, acts as a corrective to possible abuse of flexibility. The fluidity of such an organizational structure also demands that decision-making processes are frequently reconstructed – they cannot simply be “read” off an organogram.

Our Partners

Partnerships which have transformed thousands of lives

What defines SPS

The core values of Samaj Pragati Sahayog


As the central driving force, motivating the team to continue working dedicatedly hard, even in the face of the most difficult challenges, in daunting circumstances.


As the key attitude towards those who choose to stand against us in our attempt to create greater social and economic equity.


Forever the student, ever learning, with an enduring sense of wonder, as also a recognition of how little we know, working as a team, building partnerships within SPS and beyond.


Always grateful for having been given this unique opportunity to serve, being able to do what we really wanted to, giving meaning to our lives.


The aspiration for greater balance in nature and society and internally as well, in our own striving.

The Founding Members

Founding Members SPS