The first steps in the direction of working in a strategic fashion for disadvantaged communities were taken by the UDGAM team in 1997. Work was initiated by establishing a youth body which would cater to marginalised groups. Dr. Ganpatrai Joshi, renowned Gandhian and freedom fighter was the founding father of the youth group.
Work at UDGAM gained momentum during the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat where the organisation facilitated rescue operations, donations, relief and rehabilitation work in Kutch district with the support of Dr. Sahib Singh Verma, Ex – Chief Minister, Delhi.
Since then, UDGAM has grown in organisational strength, reputation and volunteers. UDGAM centres its work around community perspective building, advocacy processes and professional development amongst rural populace.
Formed by 7 passionate and dedicated development professionals, UDGAM works on diverse social issues including education, women empowerment equality, healthcare and HIV/ AIDS, water& sanitation, social justice and human rights.
Since its inception, UDGAM has been focusing on the elimination of extreme poverty and opportunity gaps between rural and urban areas of India. It works to develop entrepreneurship and income generation activities for rural youth. At the heart of all its endeavours, UDGAM looks to create effective partnerships for socio- economic development.