Action for Social Advancement [ASA] is a non profit development organization registered under The Gujarat Societies Registration Act, 1860 & The Bombay Public Trust Act. 1950. It was founded in late 1995 by a group of development professionals with considerable collective experience of working with the tribal people in the Central part of India in participatory natural resources development. ASA has emerged as a prime and lead organisation in the sector of farm based livelihood for poor and natural resource management. ASA currently works in over 1322 villages in 29 districts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand, directly reaching out to about 1,30,000 families or nearly 8,00,000 population. There are more than 250 professional staff in the organisation alongwith more than 350 para-professional staff.The governing system in ASA is strong with considerable amount of policy decision making rests with the board. The programmes of ASA are governed by the Standard Operating Manual. Similarly, for General administration, HR and Finances, the SOMs are the lead documents for operation.