Association for Stimulating Know-how (ASK) is a not for profit development organisation, registered in 1993, under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860.
ASK is committed to the vision of bringing measurable change to marginalised communities at grassroots through active engagement with partners in the process. ASK works with communities, NGO, Corporations, funders, bilateral and multilaterals on Projects and programs all over India, in parts of South and South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
ASK focuses on strengthening organisation and stakeholder capacities by providing contextual inputs and sustainable solutions that focus on results, quality improvement and accountability. Our continuous focus is on providing hands-on accompaniment and support to our partners to ensure effective transfer of knowledge and skills and contribute towards organisational growth.
The organisation has a proven track record of supporting mission-driven organizations through various stages of development and requirements from strategy and mentorship to evaluation, research and documentation and capacity building.
ASK is known to work with strong values, integrity, transparency, and accountability, providing customized and relevant inputs to our partners and target communities.
ASK was conceptualized by a group of young social development professionals in the year 1993, to work for the interest of marginalized communities. The vision of these professionals was to form an institution focused on building the capacities of various stakeholders in civil society for a more effective use of present day resources. This, it was visualized, would be done by sensitizing and building the capacities of the various development players on diverse social issues. ASK began to work actively from the year 1994 by reaching out to Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and NGOs.
The beginning was humble yet ambitious, with no assured support, but a strong desire to make a meaningful contribution in the lives of the people. Since the beginning, ASK consciously avoided approaching donors for meeting its financial requirements so as to maintain an independent stance.
Some of our earliest partners included Uttaranchal Youth and Rural Development Centre (UYRDC) in Chamoli district of Uttaranchal in India, Indo Canadian Agriculture Extension Project in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan Agricultural Drainage Research Project.
Over the years, ASK realized the importance of reaching out to other stakeholders bearing a role in the development of the society, including the Government, funding agencies, Corporates, bilaterals and multilaterals, so as to work with them on the mandate of creating socially responsible development. Today, ASK works actively with these stakeholders through its dedicated Programme Domains.
The color combination of yellow and red symbolizes vibrancy, energy and stimulation: characteristics, which ASK as an organization believes in and practices in all spheres of its work. The rays are indicative of the ever increasing and expanding growth and development, which ASK promotes through its agenda of capacity building.