Seva Mandir’s mission is to make real the ideas of society consisting of free and equal citizens who are able to come together and solve the problems that affect them in their particular contexts. the commitment is to work for a paradigm of development and governance that is democratic and polyarchic. It seeks to institutionalize the idea that development and governance is not only to left to the State and its formal bodies like the legislature and the bureaucracy, but that citizens and their associations should engage separately and jointly with the State.
The mission briefly, is to construct the conditions in which citizens of plural backgrounds and perspectives can come together and deliberate on how they can work to benefit and empower the least advantaged in society.
For the past 40 years Seva Mandir has been working to realize the vision of its founder, the late Dr. Mohan Sinha Mehta, to create the social, institutional, and livelihood base for a democratic and participatory approach to development that benefits and empowers the rural poor around Udaipur. Today Seva Mandir works with about 360,000 persons, over two-thirds of them Scheduled Tribes, in 626 villages in five blocks of Udaipur and one of Rajsamand and 56 urban slums in Udaipur.
Seva Mandir’s strategy includes: awareness building, community development, capacity building and nurturing community-based organizations. Seva Mandir emphasizes participation and consensus, and creates opportunities for people to work together and take responsibility for their common good.