WASSAN reached out to 72 villages in Ranga Reddy and Mehbubnagar Districts (Telangana) and Anantapur District (Andhra Pradesh). In these villages, WASSAN is implementing watershed management; WASH; groundwater management and rain-fed agriculture development projects.
As Resource Support Organization in Telangana (India)
WASSAN reached out to 406 villages and 45459 families in Adilabad, Khammam, Mehbubnagar, Karimnagar Districts, through a network of 30 partner NGOs, that implement watershed management projects, covering 110000 hect.
As Resource Support Organization in Odisha
WASSAN reached out to 154 villages and 5144 families in Malkangiri District, Orissa, through a network of 4 partner NGOsthat implement watershed management projects, covering 22500 hect.
As Resource Support Organization onParticipatory Groundwater Management
WASSAN reached out to 25 villages to cover 644 hect under bore well pooling through a network of 5 NGOs in Anantapur district. As part of this initiative, 211 farmers who own a bore well are sharing groundwater with 350 farmers who do not have a bore well. Each village has established a local water grid to pool groundwater from 176 bore wells and provide critical irrigation to 561 farmers. Similar initiatives are taken up in RR District, Medak, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Mehbubnagar districts.
As Resource Support Organization on System of Rice Intensification
WASSAN reached out to 53 villages and cover 749 farmers and 1231 acres under System of Rice Intensification (SRI) process of cultivating paddy, through a network of 14 NGOs in Mehbubnagar; Medak; Nalgonda districts.
As Knowledge Partner and Support Organization on Watershed Management
WASSAN is providing knowledge and capacity building inputs to State Level Nodal Agencies of Integrated Watershed Management Projects in Andhra Pradesh; Telangana; Orissa, Tripura; Jharkhand; Chhattisgarh; Manipur; Jammu Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh.
As Knowledge Partner and Support Organization on Seed Security
WASSAN Providing knowledge and capacity building inputs to Department of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh in designing, launching and implementing “Community Managed Seed System (Groundnut)” in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. About 23 NGO partners are associated with this initiative in the district.
As a Knowledge Partner and Support Organization on Nutritional Security
WASSAN partnered with Government of Andhra Pradesh to integrate millets in Mid-Day Meal scheme in Vijayanagaram District, with an objective of improving nutritional security of children in rural areas.
As a Knowledge Partner with expertise on Research, Evaluation and Studies
WASSAN participated, conducted and anchored research studies in collaboration with other reputed academic institutions, on watershed management, WASH, climate change, employment and entitlements.
As Knowledge Partner and Support Organization
WASSAN produced several communication products – posters, brochures, booklets, films, publications; manuals/ tool kits on a variety of themes (watershed management, rain-fed agriculture; WASH, climate change, groundwater; employment and enTextments. These communication products come handy for strengthening knowledge and skills of communities and development activists.
As Network Based Resource Support Organization
WASSAN promoted several theme specific networks of NGOs and other development partners. These networks contribute towards bringing in positive changes in policies and programs on watershed management; Rain-fed Agriculture; System of Rice Intensification; Participatory Groundwater Management; Livestock; Capacity Building of NGOs and Communities. Annual Network Meetings of WASSAN offer a platform for a variety of partners to exchange thoughts and collectively act for improvements.
Knowledge Support to entitlements and employment generation
Bhumi Kendram of WASSAN supports field level functionaries and development agencies by sharing latest developments in policy on its implications on the lives of rural communities. Builds their capacities to ensure that benefits of newer policies and programs on employment/ entitlements are reaching the target groups, without dilution.
WASSAN Group of Institutions believes that research studies, monitoring & evaluation related assignments provide an opportunity to synthesize the experiences from real life situations and convert them into useful knowledge products (reports/ insights generated from field work/ analysis). These knowledge products are useful tools for capacity building and policy advocacy
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Networking is one of the important core values of WASSAN Group of Institutions. WASSAN Group of Institutions believes that appropriate development solutions could be explored by bringing together relevant expertise, experiences and concerned agencies, on to a common platform. Networking processes demands cooperation, co-existence and coordinated efforts. Recognizing and acknowledging role/ contribution of each member in this process is an important requirement. Networking also improves the quality of policy and program designs, as this includes multiple dimensions. Improving effectiveness of public investments in terms of participation, equity and environmental sustainability is the bottom line for policy advocacy efforts of WASSAN Group of Institutions
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Core mandate of WASSAN Group of Institutions is to build capacities of partners for development action. Participatory methodologies; enabling organizational and institutional architecture; supportive policy support (including adequate budgets) are corner stones of capacity building inputs. WASSAN Group of Institutions believes that diversity in capacity building inputsis essential for not only building capacities, but also for utilizing the same. Training program; workshops/ seminars; communication campaigns; hand holding support (post training support services); advisory services by experts; appropriate institution development/ community organizations; systematic project planning/ review systems, research and innovation (pilots/ experiments) are some of the essential ways of building capacities
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