Sailabala Panda, as a development practitioner, has worked for close to a decade with PRADAN where she engages in projects from the gender equity perspective. She has gained a wide range of experience in designing, implementing, and monitoring livelihood prototypes—working to empower rural women in different livelihood activities and to increase their incomes and raise their awareness of their political, social, and economic rights, including land rights.
Ms. Panda has expertise in forming and nurturing women’s self-help groups and producer cooperatives focusing on transforming lives of women in rural household. Some of Ms. Panda’s most recent projects with PRADAN include enhancing the livelihoods of poor tribal families by strengthening natural resource management and facilitating the ability of Indian women in endemically poor regions in India to access, actualize, and sustain the mandate of the National Policy for Empowerment of Women. Ms. Panda is an agricultural engineer from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar.