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WATERSHED SUPPORT SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES NETWORK
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Wassan-About Organisation


Entrench participatory processes through network approach that strengthen Natural Resources Management (NRM) practices to secure livelihoods of deprived communities in drought prone areas.

Participatory processes include Capacity building, Institutional development, Networking and Advocacy.

WASSAN Core Values

Equity

Being sensitive and committed to reduce all forms of discrimination with focus on poor, dalit, adivasi and women

Participation

Having faith in people’s knowledge, capacities and their institutions

Collaboration

Developing synergies through networking

Team work

Striving for quality, innovation and diversity 

Accountability

With transparency

  • WASSAN Group of Institutions consisting of WASSAN (Watershed Support Service and Activities Network, registered as a Charitable Trust) and WASSAN Foundation (Registered as Not for Profit Company under Section 25C), Hyderabad is a group of national level support and resource organizations

Partners

  • Apart from WASSAN and WASSAN Foundation, WASSAN Institutional Space consists of large number of different partners.
  • Networks of NGOs, CBOs and Others: As a network based organization, WASSAN Group of Institutions is a member of several networks. WASSAN Group of Institutions is also anchoring secretariats of several networks and promoted theme specific networks, which are actively pursuing respective goals. Revitalization of Rain-fed Agriculture Network; Consortium of System of Rice Intensification; Rain-fed Live Stock Network; Low Carbon Farming Network - are some of the networks with which WASSAN Group of Institutions are closely associated.
  • State Governments: WASSAN Group of Institutions is working with several state governments (Orissa, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jammu & Kashmir, etc), In these partnerships, WASSAN Group of Institutions is performing the roles of resource support organization and providing professional services to its partners on planning, monitoring, evaluations, training, research and documentation.

Focus

  • WASSAN Group of Institutions efforts are mainly to improve policy and practice related to rain-fed agriculture; natural resource management and livelihoods promotion following watershed management principles.
  • WASSAN Group of Institutions strive to promote an integrated approach by addressing sectors and sub-sectors such as water (surface and groundwater); livestock; poultry; fisheries; crops; seeds; soils; institutions; community centric approaches and support systems for credit, enterprise, business, trade and markets.

About WASSAN Public Charitable Trust

Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN) is incorporated as Public Charitable Trust on 20th Dec 1999 (Registration No 143/99 IV).   

The objects of WASSAN Public Charitable Trust

  1. To act as support and capability-developing agency at various levels (state including all the levels therein, national and international) through providing assistance, information, training, feasibility studies, consultancy, advice and other useful services to organizations and projects involved in watershed as an approach with special emphasis on natural resource management, livelihood management, and concerns towards marginalized and disadvantaged groups.
  2. To strengthen participatory development and capability building among different client groups for establishment of community based institutions and their empowerment and setting up of specialized and generic bodies and setting up appropriate institutions to support them.
  3. To act as collating centre and clearing house for dissemination of information to projects, schemes and agencies engaged in such work and related projects.
  4. To organize, support, implement and administer projects towards improvement of livelihoods, through natural resource management by marginalized, disadvantaged groups, and take up all related projects for the same object.
  5. To organize consultations, conferences, seminars and training courses in the field of watershed, natural resources based and other livelihood concerns.
  6. To receive, hold, distribute and administer funds received from charitable and donor agencies / individuals and State and Central Government and government bodies for appropriate development projects.
  7. To act in liaison with State and Central Government or its instrumentalities; Resource Agencies and Project Implementing Agencies and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in promoting, developing and implementing various watershed development and other programmes meant for disadvantaged communities.
  8. To assist implementing agencies in finding suitable technical, financial and personnel support.
  9. To stimulate, support and assist self-help efforts in community building and managing their own institutions.
  10. To provide a common platform for those involving in and concerned with the participatory process in development work for the betterment of the communities and sections of population living below poverty line especially women.
  11. To create mechanisms for advocacy, legal aid and information services on common causes and issues affecting the agencies working with communities involved in watershed and other development work.
  12. To work towards developing and fostering mutual cooperation, understanding and common action among various individuals, groups and organizations engaged in voluntary work in the country and to establish cooperation, joint ventures and linkages with other networks, forums and associations with special reference to natural resource management.
  13. To undertake such other activities / actions from time to time as shall be necessary for the attainment of these objectives and promotion of the interests of the voluntary agencies working for the overall development of people and their institutions.
  14. All the incomes, movable, immovable properties of the Trust shall be solely utilized and applied towards the promotion of its objects mentioned above and no profit thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of profits or in any manner whatsoever to the present or past trustees of the Trust or to any person claiming through any one or more of the present or the past trustees. No trustee of the Trust shall have any person claim on any movable or immovable properties of the Trust or make any profit whatsoever, by virtue of this trusteeship.

Governance Arrangements

WASSAN has evolved strong governance arrangements over a period of time. Board of WASSAN takes up the main responsibility of governing the organization and takes necessary policy and strategic decisions from time to time. WASSAN also established several sub committees to provide necessary direction and attention to specific themes that are important from governance point of view.

Board of Trustees (BoT)

The Board of Trustees of WASSAN consists of eminent development professionals from different backgrounds and regions of India. There are 9 members as trustees of WASSAN (as on May 2015).

Main Objectives of BoT

  1. To manage the work of the Trust and to formulate policies, rules and bye-laws for the effective management of the Trust and amend the same from time to time to meet all exigencies through procedures laid down in the initially formulated bye-laws.
  2. To recommend, sanction, grant or give donations to other institutions with similar objects.
  3. To receive / accept donations in any form, to raise funds by advertisements, in publications organized by the Trust, by organizing cultural shows by accepting fee, by service charges, by contributing and by subscriptions.
  4. To purchase or take on lease lands, building, equipment’s, materials and things, to erect and maintain buildings and other constructions and to sell, lease-out, mortgage, dispose of or otherwise deal with all or any of the same as the Board of Trustees may think fit and proper.
  5. To grant loans or borrow sum or sums of money from Banks or any recognized Financial Institutions and other agencies as they may think fit and proper, to control and manage the assets of the Trust and to execute, become party to sign, acknowledge, perfect and register all deeds, agreements, contracts, amounts, receipts and other documents and writings and to give effectual discharge on behalf of and against the Trust.
  6. To appoint from time to time, staff, professional, technical, non-technical and other, with such powers and duties and upon such terms as to duration of office, remuneration or otherwise and at any time to suspend, dismiss, terminate, or discharge any or such of them as the Board of Trustee shall think proper or necessary.
  7. To open and close accounts in the name of the Trust in any scheduled bank, post office and to operate on such accounts and otherwise deal with the same.
  8. To insure and keep insured, if deemed expedient, all or any of the buildings and other assets of the Trust.
  9. To invest surplus funds, if any, of the Trust in securities approved by the law relating to Trusts as per IT Act 1961, or in such manner as the Board of Trustees may think fit and proper in the best interest of the Trust.
  10. To formulate procedures and methods including service rules for the functioning of the Trust.
  11. To delegate to the Chair Person all or any of the powers, authorities and directions vested in the Board of Trustees and generally to carry out such transactions as the Board of Trustees considers expedient in the best interest of the Trust and to make all such arrangements and such acts and things on behalf of the Trust as may be usually necessary, desirable or expedient in the management of the affairs of the Trust or in carrying out the objectives of the Trust.

Functional Aspects

  1. The Board of Trustees meets at least twice a year to take necessary decision and actions related to the mandate of WASSAN
  2. Take actions on the recommendations of Finance Committee and other committees
  3. Provide strategic and policy direction to the organization
  4. Executive Secretary functions as convener of the Board and supports Chair Person and Board of Trustees in the matters of governance
  5. Ensure that legal compliances are followed
  6. Delegate powers to the Executive Secretary of the Trust such as representing the organization, signing the project contracts, rental agreements, title deeds related to assets, issuing of appointment and termination letters and other related documents.

Other Committees

The following committees are constituted to provide necessary direction and oversight on the respective themes.

 

Finance Committee

Objectives

Finance Committee supports the Board of Trustees (BoT) in Finance related matters and makes recommendation to the BoT for approval.

Functional Aspects

  1. Finance Committee comprises of 5 members: 1) One Representative from BoT, 2) Executive Secretary, 3) Associate Executive Secretary, 4) Finance Node Anchor, 5) One member from outside of the organization.
  2. Chief Operating Officers, Associate Chief Operating Officers, Auditor, Founder Trustee and any two senior staff members will be special invitees. There can be such other invitees to the committee as may be decided from time to time.
  3. The committee shall meet once in every six months. However, it may also meet as and when required.
  4. The committee shall recommend all financial matters to the Board of Trustees.
  5. The minutes of the meeting shall be circulated to all the members of committee and the Executive Secretary.
  6. The committee shall approve and oversee the financial planning, acceptance of major projects and oversee the financial aspects of execution of the projects.
Financial Irregularities Committee

Objectives

  1. To improve the financial governance and compliance systems of the organization.
  2. To look into financial irregularities, if any and make suitable recommendations and/ or suggest any necessary action.
  3. To promote transparency and accountability systems both in the delivery systems with the community and the internal systems to the organization.

Functional Aspects

  1. The Financial Irregularities Committee comprises of 3 members of which Executive Secretary shall be the Chairman and One from staff representative and One external member/expert.
  2. The committee shall meet as and when required for compliance in statutory and finance related issues and/ or when there are finance related complaints from within and outside the organization and/ or donors.
  3. The committee shall receive, examine, hear, the compliant and make suitable recommendations to the Executive Secretary for further action.
  4. The minutes of the meeting shall be circulated to all the members of committee and the Executive Secretary.
Purchase Committee

Objectives

  1. To ensure the best quality and best price

Functional Aspects

  1. The purchase committee comprises of 5 Members: 1) Executive Secretary 2) Sub Node Anchor (Finance) 3) Sub Node Anchor (Administration), and 4) ACOO of HID Node; the Executive Secretary shall be the Chairperson.
  2. The committee shall meet once in 3 months or as and when required.
  3. The committee shall purchases stocks of permanent nature worth Rs.7500/- and more. However, when bulk purchases of Rs.7500/- and more of temporary stock like stationary are made, the purchase committee may undertake the task upon request from the Executive Secretary.
  4. The minutes of the meeting shall be circulated to all the members of committee and the Executive Secretary.
  5. The decision taking powers do not lie with this committee.
  6. All Minutes of all the committees meetings shall be maintained in separate registers, duly signed by the Chairperson of such committees.
Internal Complaints Committee

Objectives

  1. To ensure that work place is violence, exploitation and sexual harassment free for women

Functional Aspects

  1. The Internal Complaints Committee comprises of 5 Members: 1) Senior Woman Staff as Chair Person 2) 2 Women staff from program and administration teams 3) Two men staff from program teams 4). External Woman Resource Person
  2. The committee shall meet once in 3 months or as and when required.
  3. The committee shall develop a policy for Violence Free and Sexual Harassment Free Work Environment for Women Staff.
  4. The committee will bring awareness on this issue among staff, partners and communities
  5. The committee will create necessary support systems and congenial environment at work place for women
  6. The committee will attend to complaints and recommend necessary action related to the complaints, to the Executive Secretary
  7. The minutes of the meeting shall be circulated to all the members of committee and the Executive Secretary.
  8. All Minutes of all the committees meetings shall be maintained in separate registers, duly signed by the Chairperson of such committees.

SAMATA Group:

This is a group of staff members of WASSAN from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Objectives

  1. To improve the core competencies of staff who belong to disadvantaged backgrounds
  2. To ensure that staff profile is balanced and representative (gender, caste, regional and other concerns)

Functional Aspects

  1. The Group conducts special and related capacity building events for these members so that their core competencies are enhanced
  2. The Group supports the process of recruitments
  3. The Group facilitates the process of up-ward mobility of its members within the organization, without compromising on the competencies that are required for each position.