Welcome to the Adivasi Development Network (ADN)
What is the ADN?
ADN is an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending poverty for Adivasis - the indigenous peoples of India. ADN promotes awareness about Adivasis, invites giving, and supports sustainable development through partnerships with Adivasi-run small NGOs.
Who started ADN?
A group of Adivasis who are educated, working professionals in the US and Europe have started ADN to empower and develop their people in India. We are lucky to have been able to break out of the cycle of poverty through good fortune and the hard work of our forefathers. But we can not forget the plight in which our community is and so we ask you to join us in our efforts.
Who are the Adivasis?
Most simply, Adivasis are the indigenous people of India. 95 million strong, they form 8% of India's population, which is approximately 1/3rd of America's population. They have a long history of discrimination and appropriation. In the Indian society they are considered even lower than the "Untouchables"/ Dalits. They form the poorest, most illiterate, most trafficked, most internally displaced due to big projects such as dams and mines, and most neglected social group in India.
How will you end extreme poverty for Adivasis?
We believe that the solutions to the Adivasi problems will come from within the community itself. So our strategy is to use technology to mobilize people all over the world to come together and give financial, human and informational resources to Adivasi-run grassroots organizations. By building the capacity of these organizations, we believe that we will be able to directly invest in Adivasi people and help them solve their most urgent problems.
Where are the Adivasis?
Adivasis are spread all across India, but the biggest concentration lies in the in the Central and Eastern part of the country (Middle India). Ironically this region is richest in mineral resources, yet the poorest part of the country. The States of Jharkhand, Orissa, and Chattisgarh and some parts of West Bengal, and Bihar is considered the indigenous belt of India. The state of Assam also has a large Adivasi population owing to large scale migration forced by the British for developing tea estates.