There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
Upscaling of Successful Experiences In The Mainstream Watershed Programme In India
The paper is based upon detailed case studies of watershed projects and analysis of experiences under innovative watershed projects. It synthesizes the lessons from studies on five themes namely (i) User rights, (ii) Capacity building, (iii) Equity for resource poor families, (iv) Participatory monitoring and evaluation systems, and (v) Withdrawal strategy/ post project sustainability. These themes were pursued by five anchor organizations associated with the study namely WASSAN, PLF, WOTR, MANAGE and WDCU in the state of Orissa, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.