Article written by Eshwer Kale published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (Vol. 52, Issue No. 3 dated 21 Jan, 2017)
Dongaon: U Turn to Fortune
(English, VCD, 21 mins)
Dongaon (Taluka Biloli, Dist. Nanded) was a village divided into two political factions. A rivalary so harsh that any work involving the entire village community was impossible. A severe drought made the entire village sit up and think. The only hope was the Watershed Development Programme offered by the Watershed Organisation Trust, (WOTR). But there was a catch. The watershed programme stipulated the participation of the entire village. So would the leaders bury their hatchet and rise above the rivalry? Would community spirit win over individual egos? Would Dongaon reverse its (mis) fortunes by embracing watershed development? The Dongaon Watershed Project was facilitated by Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal. Dongaon – U turn to fortune is an important case study for individuals and organizations involved in the development sector.