Article written by Eshwer Kale published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (Vol. 52, Issue No. 3 dated 21 Jan, 2017)
Direct Implementation of Projects
While WOTR has carried out a staggering extent of Capacity Building for Watershed Development (WSD) and Natural Resources Management (NRM) for various agencies, the knowledge has come from large-scale WSD interventions of its own at the ground. WOTR’s Wasundhara Approach, developed over a decade of implementing WSD is uniquely participatory. The Wasundhara Approach has been implemented in over 287 villages since 2005 with far-reaching impacts. The process continues beyond the project period. These guidelines are also followed in all the 270 villages that WOTR and SIED jointly and individually implement, across funding lines. WOTR continues to improve on these guidelines to make it more effective.
WOTR’s projects have directly reached over 18,15,593 people in 1,992 villages and rejuvenated 13,29,688 hectares of land.
Save the Girl Child
‘Save the Girl Child’ project was initiated in January 2012 by Becker-Cordes Foundation, Germany; Rotary Club of Hagen-Lenne and; Watershed Organisation Trust, Pune. Operational in two districts of Maharashtra in India- Ahmednagar and Beed, it covered a total of 24 villages.
The project was implemented with the objective to improve gender relations existing in project areas. It promoted family planning while trying to make the community gender sensitive with respect to improving status of the girl child and also status of women in the same area. Emphasis was laid on changing mind-sets of people in order to ensure long term qualitative development.The project was completed in December 2014.