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AHP – Action on Hunger and Poverty Foundation

Action on Hunger & Poverty Foundation, is a National Organisation that supports, develops and strengthens people’s organisations at the community level to support themselves through capacity building, fellowships and small grants . The organisation is committed to improving the lives of the poor and marginalised people by strengthening and empowering them, their families and the communities they live in to address their concerns, raise themselves out of poverty and hunger, to claim their rights and access programmes and services designed for them.

AHP works with local partners and Community Based Organisations to learn and strengthen locally appropriate responses, with the belief that it is the local people who can identify the best solutions to address their own issues. AHP facilitates such solutions.


A society that has adequate food for everyone and equal opportunities for all, where people come forward to address hunger, poverty and inequity.


Build and enhance local human potential to remove hunger, poverty and inequity.

AHP partners with local organisations to develop a shared vision for consensus and action among community leaders and organisations by supporting Government and Non-Government organisations in addressing poverty and hunger in an effective manner through capacity building, research and advocacy for policy changes.
We operate from Delhi. Our Registered office is in Bangalore. We look forward to setting up field offices in other states in the future.
A Not for Profit Company incorporated under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956. AHP – Action on Hunger & Poverty Foundation offers 50% tax exemption under section 80G.

Key areas of work

  • Building local leadership
  • Primary Education
  • Mother & Child Health
  • Livelihood

Women’s Empowerment and Gender are cross-cutting themes across interventions.

Major functional areas

  • Capacity Building and Training
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Advocacy and Communication Outreach
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Policy Analysis from a pro-poor perspective with the involvement of the community and people’s organisations.


“Pursuing with the goal of creating an equitable society- free of hunger and poverty, AHP believes in the collective strength of local human-capital and concentrates its efforts primarily on generating locally appropriate employment opportunities, improving people’s access to social services, training and evidence based research, developing partnerships and advocating these issues at appropriate platforms for opinion building and demand policy changes.

AHP provided hand holding support to VAAGDHARA and conducted an organisational diagnosis exercise which strengthened the process of issue identification and was also useful in facilitating the process of Strategic Planning for 2013 -2020. It also took stock of the existing and future structural, human, technical and financial resources. The experience of VAAGDHARA with AHP was very different and rewarding.”

Jayesh Joshi, Secretary, VAAGDHARA
“Action on Hunger and Poverty Foundation (AHP) is a very well thought initiative with its elaborate strategy to promote and develop community leadership to ensure accountability of the state. Their choice of geographic spread and target community for start-up programmes is also commendable, where they intend to work with the communities at the lowest strata of the society in remote locations of the state. The founders of AHP are very experienced and knowledgeable in their domains with a vision to bring a long lasting change in the lives of the community.”
Rajiv Kumar Roy, Development Consultant
Action on Hunger and Poverty Foundation’s initiative of working with and supporting grass-root people’s organisations towards a hunger and poverty free society is commendable and very much the need of today. They have begun in right earnest by working in Rajasthan and interior of Madhya Pradesh in facilitating local leadership to address issues of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, governance and other important development issues. Its a right step in the right direction and I wish the Foundation success in their future endeavour.
Lata Raman, Senior Development Professional, Welthungerhilfe
That AHP is spearheaded by Ms.Saraswathi Gopala Rao itself affirms the commitment of the foundation to fight against poverty, hunger and stand for social justice. Ms.Saraswathi Rao is known for her committed involvement to the cause and it is with the same spirit that AHP Foundation was built. Our interaction with AHP Foundation for the past few months have proved one thing – AHP Foundation is certainly different from many other supporting organisations. It is our privilege to be supported by AHP Foundation in our quest for women’s empowerment and grass-root development because here it is not just about support, it is about capacity building of our organisation.
Saswati Roy, Secretary, Swadhina

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AHP – Action on Hunger and Poverty Foundation,
Account No: 50200004478027; IFSC Code: HDFC0002024, HDFC Bank


All donations to Action on Hunger and Poverty Foundation are 50% exempted u/s 80G of Indian Income Tax Act 1961. A formal receipt will be sent post realization of Donation.

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