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ACWADAM is a not -for -profit organisation that aims at establishing a groundwater management agenda in India. ACWADAM has evolved into a premier education and research institution that not only develops and disseminates knowledge on groundwater, but also facilitates work on groundwater management through action research programmes, trainings and policy advocacy.

AKRSP started its operations in Gujarat in 1986 in the then districts of Surendranagar, Bharuch and Junagadh. Over the years, the programme has expanded and entered newer geographies and is now active in 12 districts and 27 blocks of the state. The organisation's work in Gujarat is in 3 distinct regions: the coastal saline region with its headquarters in Mangrol, the drought-prone region with its headquarters in Sayla, and the tribal South Gujarat region with its headquarters in Dangs and Netrang.

PANI is a voluntary organisation based in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. They envision theirselves as a medium for building an inclusive society that prospers in harmony with its surroundings. All their work is based on the inherent dignity and worth of people and they continuously seek to innovate strategies to make this a lived reality in all spheres of life.

Gram Vikas is a non-governmental organisation based in Odisha, and founded in 1979. Gram Vikas works towards enabling rural communities to lead a dignified life. This is done by building capabilities of village communities, strengthening community institutions and mobilising resources. Gram Vikas works on six focus areas which are water, livelihoods, sanitation & hygiene, habitat & technologies, village institutions and education.

The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is a registered non-profit organisation based in Anand, Gujarat, India working towards the ecological restoration and conservation of land and water resources in ecologically fragile, degraded and marginalised regions of the country, through concentrated and collective efforts of village communities.

Arid Communities and Technologies (ACT) is a professional voluntary organization based at Bhuj, Kachchh district in Gujarat, India. ACT strives to strengthen livelihoods in arid and semi-arid regions by improving access to technological and institutional solutions to resolve ecological constraints, in collaboration with communities. 

INREM Foundation is a research institution probing societal issues concerning water, public health, agriculture and the environment. The institution develops innovative inter-disciplinary solutions and brings them into the wider domain of practice by participating with communities and government.

Bharti Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS) is a non-profit organization established in 1991 at Nandyal, in Kurnool district of Andhara Pradesh, India. Directed by Paul Raja Rao, BIRDS has grown in the past six years from a grassroots attempt to empower the poor people and work for the sustainable development.  Crop- Water Budgeting and Farmer Managed Groundwater System are well-known water practices of BIRD for   environmental conservation.

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Development Support Center (DSC) is a resource organization that provides knowledge based support to Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), government agencies and other stakeholders in the field of natural resource management. The organization was established by Mr. Anil C. Shah in 1994, in response to demand from various segments concerned with rural development in Gujarat. DSC provides a variety of services that aim to improve rural livelihoods through participatory management of natural resources such as land and water on which a large number of rural populations directly depends. DSC has a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that helps in capacity building of key functionaries, performs hand holding operations in the field, takes initiatives for appropriate policy changes and carries out field studies related to policy issues.


Development of Humane Action (DHAN) Foundation, a professional development organization, was initiated on October 2, 1997. It brings highly motivated, educated young women and men to the development sector. They would make new innovations in development to root out poverty from the country, in thus achieving the Mission of the organization. The one of the major purposes for  which DHAN stands is The institution intends to promote and nurture new ideas on development themes such as microfinance, small scale irrigation, dry land agriculture, and working with Panchayats which can impact on poverty in a significant manner.

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Green Hub, a collaborative initiative of North East Network (NEN), Guwahati and Dusty Foot Production (DFP), New Delhi, is the first youth and community based video documentation centre for recording the environment, wildlife and people’s biodiversity in the North East region (NER) of India. Green Hub aims to train the local youth in video and photography documentation in the area of environment and wildlife in the region. The vision of Green Hub is to create an alternative livelihood and interest for the youth of the area by linking them to projects related to environment after their training, as well as to create a resource hub and an archive of the biodiversity in the northeast. 


A group of IIT-educated professionals, some with two decades of experience in the field of development, and their friends, established People’s Science Institute (PSI) in 1988. The Institute is known in India’s voluntary sector for its pioneering work in the fields of community-led watershed-based livelihoods development, environmental quality monitoring, disaster-safe housing and dissemination of appropriate technologies.