CIVIL SOCIETY MEMBERS
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.
WASSAN Group of Institutions consisting of WASSAN (Watershed Support Service and Activities Network, registered as a Charitable Trust) and WASSAN Foundation, Hyderabad is a group of national level support and resource organizations. WASSAN efforts are mainly to improve policy and practice related to rain-fed agriculture; natural resource management and livelihoods promotion following watershed management principles
PRADAN was created in 1983 by two young professionals, Deep Joshi and Vijay Mahajan, who were convinced that even the stubborn, endemic poverty of rural India can be solved. They believed that well-educated professionals working within communities can bring both the empathy and knowledge needed to help poor people improve their lives. Recently, 351 PRADAN professionals are working with two (2) million peoples across (7) of the poorest Indian states, 98% of these people belong to SC, ST and OBC communities.
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.
Development Research Communication and Services Centre (DRCSC), non-governmental development organization was formed in 1982 as a resource centre for the collection, collation and dissemination of knowledge and skills regarding sustainable agriculture and alternative livelihood. However, since 1992, DRCSC was focused on improving food and livelihood security of the rural poor through scientific management of natural resources and community based initiatives on the basis of principles and actions, that are environment friendly, economically appropriate, socially just and developed by mutual cooperation. Presently, DRCSC works with a network of local NGOs and Mutual Cooperation Groups for implementing different projects and programmes.
Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD), a national NGO has been playing a catalytic role in reversing the process of degradation of land and other related natural resources in partnership with grassroots NGOs and community institutions. SPWD’s mission is “to prevent, arrest and reverse degradation of life support systems, particularly land and water, so as to expand livelihood opportunities in a sustainable and equitable manner through people’s participation”. SPWD’s focus is on obtaining knowledge from the grassroots level and influencing the larger systems, policies and programmes of the government as well as other concerned agencies.
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.
Samuha is a development organization which began work in January 1987. Its goal is to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people. Samuha is a partner of HUF (Hindustan Unilever Foundation) which supports a ‘Water For Public Good’intervention with over 20 partners across India. Samuha has demonstrated water conservation and management through diverse programmes and activities which includes watershed development, tank irrigation, integrated crop management, drip irrigation and participatory irrigation management.
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.
Over three decades, CHIRAG has effectively dealt with the challenges of working in fragile, remote locations where communication networks frequently break down. In the past year it has aggressively worked in education, health, livelihood and natural resource management through its forestry and spring recharge programs.
Over the last three decades, Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) has grown to be one of India’s largest grass-roots initiatives for water and livelihood security, working with its partners on a million acres of land across 72 of India’s most backward districts, mainly in the central Indian Adivasi belt. We take inspiration from the life and work of Baba Amte (our Pramukh Sahayogi) who rejected charity and successfully empowered even the most challenged. SPS is headquartered in a drought-prone, tribal area in the Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh, which typifies the most difficult problems of the country.
In 2001, Tata Trusts initiated Himmothan Pariyojana (HMP) to target the root causes of under development in the Central Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. Himmotthan Society, an associate organization of Tata Trusts, was set up to oversee, manage and implement the Himmothan Pariyojana's programme. It co-ordinates and implements the programme and has begun taking up larger programmes and wider coverage through other funding sources. The Society currently works in the state of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Leh region of J & K and is focused on working among the rural mountain communities by developing sustainable enterprises linked to livestock, agriculture, non-timber forest produce, and intervening for better education, access to safe water, sanitation and energy.
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.
WaterAid India has teams in 11 states across India, working with its partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. WaterAid has been working in India since 1986 and has played a significant role in the WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) sector nationally and in the states. Its mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to WASH services.
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.
The Center for People’s Collective (CPC) is a unit of the Nagpur Center for People Social Forumthat brings together researchers, political workers, social activists, and grassroots people who are concerned and actively engaged with the issues of national importance
like Good Governance, economic equity, poverty alleviation, regional and inclusive development, gender equity, environment and ecology,transparency and accountability, strengthening democratic institutions and political participation.
WOTR is a not-for-profit NGO founded in 1993 operating currently in 7 Indian states –Maharashtra, Telangana, Seemaandhra , Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha. WOTR is recognised widely as a premier institution in the field of participatory Watershed Development and Climate Change Adaptation. Its unique strength lies in its on-field experience and in a systemic, participatory approach.
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.
Safe Harvest Private Limited (SHPL), established in 2009, is a social enterprise that acts as a platform for marketing of agricultural produce on behalf of development organizations in 10 states that work with dry-land farmers who have adopted non-pesticide management (NPM) practices
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.