Welcome to ICA

Indians for Collective Action (ICA) is a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit group. ICA believes in a secure life for every Indian, in a sustainable environment and a just society. Since our inception in 1968, we have nurtured social activists, spawned many initiatives including Asha for Education and Foundation for Excellence, and supported innovative community-led development projects in over 20 states of India and disbursing over $5.0 million (mostly in last decade). We partner with dedicated social workers and activists in India and the U.S. We hope you will like our new programs and decide to join us here

Indians for Collective Action invites you to our 2014 Annual Banquet Honoring



Dr. VIVEK MURTHY, Founder of Doctors for America

For their dedication and commitment to helping under served communities

When: Sunday, October 12, 2014 Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: India Community Center, 525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA 95035

To Register: Click here


Reema Nanavaty has been serving Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) for over two and a half decades. She expanded SEWA’s membership to new heights making SEWA the single largest union of informal sector workers. She has lead millions of SEWA members, empowering them and lifting them out of poverty. She has worked selflessly for over 25 years on women’s economic empowerment, green energy and jobs, and children’s rights. She has also expanded SEWA’s work to other parts of India and internationally. She received India’s Padmashri award in 2013. SEWA’s main goals are to organize women workers for full employment and self-reliance. Come and learn how 1.93 million women have been empowered today and learn their challenges and solutions. Joining Reemaben will be Kapilaben Parmar, President of SEWA.



Dr. Vivek Murthy, faculty at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Doctors for America, was recently nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Dr. Murthy would become the youngest Surgeon General in U.S. history. He has worked to better the lives of Indians through his work in HIV prevention and AIDS education as president and chairman of a non-profit organization called Visions Worldwide as well as Indian-Americans through his public health advocacy. Dr. Murthy was the Commencement Speaker at the Harvard Medical School in 2014. He is currently a practicing internal medicine doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.




Announcing Ektta

Ektta (‘Unity’ in hindi) is a non profit social enterprise incubated by Indians For Collective Action.

Ektta is an innovative social enterprise that provides a technology platform for digitization, member services and social impact monitoring. Initial applications are to empower women based cooperatives, social enterprises and organizations focused on social and economic empowerment. Ektta has the potential to be used by many leading NGOs and social enterprises across India and other developing countries. Ektta was incubated by ICA (Indians for Collective Action), a respected Silicon Valley based international development organization with strong roots in social innovation and is now backed by leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and experienced advisors with a strong emphasis on India’s social sectors.

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Ektta is a catalyst of a positive change with a focus on helping communities connect, the unconnected by unlocking a power of becoming self-reliant. The platform is an enabler for social organization whose primary focus is to create a self-reliant community. We are building a platform Ektta that is a community connection platform for Membership-based organizations whose members are traditionally connected through phone base services. Ektta aims to provide scalable solutions to communities and non-profit using open source approach aimed at inspiring, collaborating and empowering social sector through human centric design and their professional skills.

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