There are compelling complementarities between the Government and Non-Government sector - while NGOs have closer community and organisational basis and an ability to innovate; Government has the reach, scale and infrastructure for programme delivery over a large area. But there are serious doubts, and suspicions on both sides. Also systems of institutionalising the partnership do not exist in departments and government bodies. Effective development action requires diverse approaches, vibrant institutions and flexible structures. It is through partnerships and collaboration that all such approaches and institutions can be brought together and made to work for the benefit of the poor and marginalized communities.
In this context, ARAVALI was initiated as a result of the joint effort of the Government of Rajasthan and a few leading voluntary agencies in 1994 to promote innovations in development and act as an interface between the Government and the voluntary organizations.
ARAVALI began formal operations in 1997. While the broad goals and objectives of ARAVALI were indicated in its Memorandum of Association (MoA); it was left to ARAVALI to chalk out its strategy and activities.
"All round and large scale development requires a combination of capacities and efforts which cannot be provided by any single agency or system. To ensure that the benefits of development reach the poor in particular and the people in general it is necessary the government and NGOs pool their strengths and become partners"
ARAVALI intends to ensure that there are an increased number of effective voluntary organisations working closely with marginalized communities in every district of Rajasthan and that an enabling environment is developed within which the government and these organisations can form effective partnerships.
ARAVALI's approach to its mission is two pronged – first, enhancing human and institutional capacities of voluntary organisations and second, by facilitating build conducive environment for collaboration.