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Networking and Policy Advocacy


Philosophy

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.    

Expertise

Over a period of time, WASSAN Group of Institutions gained experiences of bringing together a variety of partners to find out commonly agreed solutions. WASSAN anchored networks on several themes; is part of several other networks. Network based approaches help in up-scaling good practice and delivery of development support services to large number community based organizations.  WASSAN has the core competencies on the following processes related to networking and advocacy.

  • Identifying issue that need collective action
  • Identifying relevant players/ partners in the process of development action (related to a specific issue)
  • Synthesizing good practices on the selected theme and drawing lessons from the good practices
  • Formulating the operational strategies and policy/ programmatic framework for change
  • Developing support systems for better implementation of newer policies and programs

 As a network based resource support organization, WASSAN gained deep insights and expertise in anchoring the networks and drawing the best out of each member for a common goal – better policy, programs and investments.

Partners

WASSAN Group of Institutions collaborated and supported a large number of networks, since its inception. These networks are formed around a particular issue/ theme or a particular project. Depending on the achievement and relevance of the issue, these networks (dis)continue their efforts. Many of these networks tried to improve the existing policy framework, program designs and execution of the programs. Based on the lessons learned from good practices, these networks are able to bring in new policies and programs, through the collective effort.  Some of the partner agencies/ networks of WASSAN Group of Institutions are the following.

 Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Academic Institutions
  • State/ Central Government Departments
  • Community Based Organizations
  • Individuals
  • Financial Institutions
  • Other Resource Organizations

Details of some of the prominent network that WASSAN is associated with -are presented here.

S No

Network (Time Period)

Prominent Members

Theme of Networking

1

WASSAN Action Study Project (1998-2004)

NGOs – Vikasam; Serene Services and REEDs and Center for World Solidarity  

Demonstration of Role Model Processes in Watershed Management Projects 

2

Capacity Building Network in RR District, Andhra Pradesh (2002 – 2005)

District Water Management Agency RR District, Resource Persons and MV Foundation; Vikasam; JeevanDaata; Jan Vikas and WASSAN

Provision of capacity building services to watershed communities in RR District

3

Deccan Development Network (2002-2005)

Members of DD Network in Nalgonda district

Demonstration of Processes for integrating livelihoods concerns within watershed development projects under APRLP

4

Ananta ParyavaranaParirakshnaSamiti (APPS) Anantapur (On- going support)

Members of APPS Network – NGOs

Integration of Common Lands Development into NREGS 

5

Special Stream of Comprehensive Land Development Project (2004 – 2008)

17 NGOs from 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh in collaboration with Commissionerate, Rural Development, GoAP 

Demonstration of process guidelines of CLDP in selected blocks under CLDP

6

Network of Livelihoods Resource Centers (2005-07)

13 NGOs such as Timbuktu Collective; APMAS and others in collaboration with APRLP/ APARD, GoAP

Provision of capacity building services to watershed/ MGNRES communities in decentralized and professional manner, at a scale

7

Consortium for CSOs for MGNRES (on going)

A national level initiative of reputed civil society organizations. WASSAN is a member of this network 

Strengthen community’s space in MGNREGS and ensure that entitlements are accessed by communities

8

Rain-fed Livestock Network (LEAD)

This is part of Livestock Environment and Development (LEAD) initiative. WASSAN part of this network.

Improve policy and support systems for livestock based livelihoods/ economy in rain-fed regions of India

9

Revitalization of Rain-fed Agriculture Network (2010 onwards)

WASSAN is anchoring some important nodes of this network – comprehensive pilots; millets; livestock; fisheries. SamajPragatiSahyog; ACWADAM, PRADAN, AKRSPI, ACT, etcare other prominent members. The network has 300+ members.  WASSAN played an important role in conceptualization, operationalization and nurturing of this network.

Improve the policy framework; programs designs and investments for rain-fed agriculture

10

SRI Consortium (Since 2012)

NABARD, DoRR, Department of Agriculture and NGOs 

Improve technical support services to farmers/ NGOs in promoting System of Rice Intensification of paddy cultivation. 

11

Consortium of Resource Organizations – Jharkhand (2008-2011)

WASSAN, CINI and PRADAN in Jharkhand

Policy Formulation Support to State Level Nodal Agency, Integrated Watershed Management Projects, Jharkhand 

12

Consortium of Resource Organizations – Chhattisgarh (2012-2015)

WASSAN and Center for Peoples’ Forestry

Offering capacity building and training support services to State Level Nodal Agency, Integrated Watershed Management Projects, Chhattisgarh

13

Participatory Groundwater Management network (2010 onwards)

ACWADAM; PSI; ACT; WASSAN and Arghyam Foundation are members of this initiative. There is growing membership in this network. WASSAN is able to promote a network of 5 NGOs – AccionFreterna; REDS; RIDS; HANDS and Local Women SHG Federation for promoting in Anantapur District on this issue.

Converting groundwater use, policy and practice as per the principles of PGWM network.

14

Consortium of FNGOs for OTELP (2011)

Four NGOs in Malkangiri District, Odisha

Efficient Implementation of Livelihoods based watershed management projects

15

Fair Climate Network (Since 2012)

WASSAN is a member of this network. ADATS, AccionFreterna, Timbuktu Collective and other NGOs are prominent members of this network

Improve benefits to small and marginal farmers by promoting low carbon farming/ clean development mechanisms and trading the carbon credits in local/ international markets

 

 

 

Policy Advocacy Efforts and Achievements:

  • Conceptualized and drafted Process Guidelines for AP Rural Livelihoods Projects (APRLP) in Andhra Pradesh
  • Conceptualized and drafted Process Guidelines for Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Projects in Orissa
  • Conceptualized and drafted Process Guidelines for Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Project (OTELP) in Orissa
  • Developed “Exit Strategy” for OTELP Phase 1
  • Developed capacity building strategy for APRLP and supported Commissioner, Rural Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh in establishing Livelihoods Resource Centers
  • Supported Government of Andhra Pradesh in conceptualizing and executing “Comprehensive Land Development Project” that aim at developing assigned lands in the state.
  • Contributed to the formulation of Common Guidelines for Integrated Watershed Management Projects by Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, GoI.
  • Supported Department of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh in promoting “Community Managed Seed Supply” systems in Anantapur.
  • Supported Department of Rural Development in mainstreaming investments on common lands from MGNREGS, with the support of APPS Network, Anantapur.
  • Supported Department of Rural Development in mainstreaming principles of participatory groundwater management into Indira Jalapraba, a flagship program of GoAP.
  • Motivated NABARD/ IGWDP to provide investments for promoting collective use of groundwater within watershed management projects villages and groundwater related awareness campaigns.
  • As member of working groups at national level policy formulating agencies and steering group of Integrated Watershed Management, WASSAN is instrumental in bringing in improvements in existing policies and programs in the context of watershed management. (Please Refer Table No 1 for details).

 


Table No: 1 – Contribution to Policy in Watershed Management and Rain-fed Agriculture

Sl.

No.

Name of the WASSAN representative

Committee

Position

1

MV Ramachandrudu

Steering Committee of Integrated Watershed Management Project, Department of Land Resources, Government of India

Member

2

MV Ramachandrudu

SLNA, Andhra Pradesh

Member

3

MV Ramachandrudu

Drafting Committee for Revision of Common Guidelines for IWMP

Member

4

MV Ramachandrudu

Working Group on Minor Irrigation and Watershed Management, 12th Five Year Plan, Planning Commission, GoI

Member

5

MV Ramachandrudu

Drafting team that developed “Process Guidelines for IWMP, Jharkhand State”; “Capacity Building Strategy for IWMP, Jharkhand State”  

Anchor

6

MV Ramachandrudu

National Level Consultations by Civil Society Organizations on
"Regenerating Natural Resources and Rural Livelihoods in Rainfed Areas of India: Priorities for the 12th Five Year Plan"

Anchor

7

MV Ramachandrudu

Working Group to draft bill for “Community managed groundwater management in AP”. This working group is constituted by Commissionerate of Rural Development, GoAP. 

Anchor

8

MV Ramachandrudu

Drafting committee/ group constituted by Ministry of Rural Development, GoI for drafting “Common Guidelines for Watershed Development Projects in India”.

Member

9

MV Ramachandrudu

Working Group on “Water Resource Policy of Andhra Pradesh”. Anchoring the drafting process of the policy as well as consultative processes around this theme.

Member

10

MV Ramachandrudu

Team to develop “Exit Strategy of OTELP” – a bilateral project in tribal districts of Orissa

Member

11

MV Ramachandrudu

Committee for “Conceptualizing Capacity Building Strategies for Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Project and Role of Livelihoods Resource Centers” for Orissa Watershed Development Mission (OWDM), GoO

Anchor

12

MV Ramachandrudu

Team for drafting “Process Guidelines for Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Project” – A bilateral project in tribal districts of Orissa, India

Member

13

MV Ramachandrudu

Drafting Committee for “Process Guidelines for Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Project” for Orissa Watershed Development Mission, Government of Orissa. This was supported by DFIDI.

Anchor

14

MV Ramachandrudu

Team for developing “Process Guidelines for Comprehensive Land Development Project” for Government of Andhra Pradesh. This project was implemented by Commissionerate, Rural Development, GoAP with the support of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Anchor

15

MV Ramachandrudu

Drafting committee for “Processes of Implementing Watershed Program in Andhra Pradesh – Operational Guidelines”. These guidelines were followed for AP Rural Livelihoods Projects in Andhra Pradesh.

Member

16

MV Ramachandrudu

Working group on Capacity Building, APRLP 

Member

17

MV Ramachandrudu

District Watershed Advisory Committee, Watershed Projects, RR District, Andhra Pradesh

Member

18

Dr. NK Sanghi

Team for developing Process Guidelines for Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Program supported by Watershed Mission, Government of Orissa.

Member

19

Dr. NK Sanghi

Team for developing Process Guidelines for Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods  (OTELP) progam supported by IFAD, DFID, and Govt of Orissa

Team Leader

20

Dr. NK Sanghi

Working Group for 12th FYP on Technology Mapping, Adoption, Impact, Farm Innovations and Agricultural Education on the working group of Agricultural Extension in Agriculture and Allied Sector 

Member

21

Dr. NK Sanghi

Working Group for 12th FYP on Agricultural Production System on the working group of Management of Natural Resources and Rainfed Farming

Member

22

Dr. NK Sanghi

Working Group for 12th FYP on Technology Mapping, Adoption, Impact, Farm Innovations and Agricultural Education on the working group of Agricultural Extension in Agriculture and Allied Sector

Member

23

Dr. NK Sanghi

Team on Synthesizing Experiences of DANIDA supported watershed development programs in India

Team Lead

24

A Ravindra

Team supporting Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Program (funded by IFAD, DFID and Govt of Orissa) to develop an Exit Strategy.

Member

25

A Ravindra

NRM Sub-Group constituted by Government of India for the preparation of 11th Five Year Plan for the Country.

Member

26

A Ravindra

Steering Committee of CAPART, Government of India

Member

27

A Ravindra

National Core Group for promoting System of Rice Intensification.

Member

28

A Ravindra

·         Working group for 12th FYP on Agriculture Production Systems, Management of Natural Resources and Rainfed Farming

Member

29

A Ravindra

·         Steering Committee on Rural Livelihood and Rural Governance on the working group of Natural Resource Livelihood Mission (NRLM)

Member

30

WASSAN

·         AP State level Joint Action Initiative on SRI

Secretariat

 

Future

WASSAN Group of Institutions intends to network with like-minded partners for improving the policy, program design and public investments for community based natural resource management and revitalization of rain-fed agriculture. Networking, piloting innovations (as proof of concept), research are the instrumentalities for this agenda.