1990 RGVN came into being in Guwahati, Assam as a not-for-profit organization under the Societies Registration Act. XXI, 1860 to promote, support and develop Non Government Organizations and Community Based Organizations. The NGO movement was yet to pick up when RGVN started operations in the Northeast.
1992 RGVN’s activities expanded to Bihar and Eastern Uttar Pradesh through its Patna Regional Office.
1993 RGVN expanded its area of operation to Orissa, Madhya Pradesh (to Bastar now in Chhattisgarh) and coastal Andhra Pradesh by setting up a Regional Office at Bhubaneswar.

Introduced the Tea Estate Community Upliftment Programme in Assam (1993-95) in collaboration with Tata Tea.

Initiated Rural Development through NECON, NEITCO and… (1993-95)

1995 Initiated  the Credit and Savings Programme as a pilot project in a few districts of Assam and Meghalaya, based on the Grameen Bank model.

Started the Fellowship Programme in a humble way with RGVN’s own resources.

1997 Initiated the Low Cost Housing Programme in Northeast and Bihar in collaboration with Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC).
1998 Expanded and strengthened Capacity Building Programmes both for NGOs and RGVN executives with support from the Ford Foundation.


A Resource Unit was set up at the RGVN Head Office.


Fellowship Programme strengthened with Ford Foundation support.



Distributed Low Cost Houses to the super cyclone survivors of Orissa in collaboration with Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC).

CSP operations expanded in Assam.

Collaborated with the Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Services Project (ARIASP) to aid the implementation of a World Bank Project in Assam. (2000-2003)

2005 NGO MF Programme started in Orissa and Bihar with fund support from SIDBI.


RGVN Chhattisgarh Regional Office opened to upscale programmes.

2006 Initiated NGO Facilitation Center and Rural Innovation Fund
2007 Gender Budget Analysis Center (GBAC) started.
Collaborated with Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) for building Grassroot Resource Centers; Fellowship Programmes; Youth Volunteers’ Programmes and strengthen the Chhattisgarh Regional Office.

NGOMF started in NER

2008 NGO MF expanded.

Promotion of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Assam

2009 RGVN’s Credit and Savings Programme hived off into an independent entity called Brahmaputra Community Development TrustExpansion of SRI in Assam

Renewable Energy and Low Cost Sanitation as emerging programmes

2010 RGVN CSP got the legal status of an NBFC named RGVN (NE) Micro Finance Ltd.


More focus on wholistic livelihood