Prema Gopalan is an Indian social activist. She has founded and been Executive Director of Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) for over 15 years, supported poor rural women in building bridges with local government to facilitate democratic processes that are inclusive of women. She is also well known for the disaster relief work after her rehabilitation work in Maharashtra.
Prema Gopalan founded SPARC (Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers) in 1984.
She started Swayam Shikshan Prayog in 1994. Her work aims to put rural poor women at the center of decentralized, democratic, basic-service management.