Since the lockdown was implemented on March 24, 2020, WOTR has been working at the frontlines, across seven states in India, being a source of support for the rural communities, especially farmers in these difficult times. We present to you a snapshot of our work — the relief measures we are undertaking on the ground to arrest the losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inclusion of Local Aspirations in the Village Development Plans: A Case Study of the Semi-Arids in Maharashtra
Participatory governance at the village level allows for active deliberations by all sections of a village community.
Such dialogues, regarding their needs and the requirements, in turn, lead to an efficient bottom-up approach of planning. National and state plans need to take into account local aspirations. In this paper, we take a closer look at the village development plans of 4 villages in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Read more
Practitioner’s Perspective on the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan (JSA)
In 2015, the Government of Maharashtra launched the JSA, with the aim of making 25,000 villages in Maharashtra drought-free. At WOTR we fully support the goals of the Abhiyan and would like to put forward some suggestions on how to improve the quality of its implementation. Read our statement, published in Economic and Political Weekly, to the article '“Can Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan Prevent Drought in Maharashtra?” by Neha Bhadbhade et al (EPW, 22 June 2019). Read more
We are delighted to inform that WOTR conducted a presentation on July 17, 2019, in the Nagarkurnool district of Telangana on the theme of 'Water Budgeting and Responsible Management of Water Resources'. The presentation was organized as part of the 'Jal Shakti Abhiyan-A Water Conservation Campaign' organised by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Government of Telangana. Read more
We are delighted to inform that our researchers Arjuna Srinidhi and Prashant Kalaskar represented WOTR and the WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) at the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board and UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BioFin) consultation meeting in Pune on July 26, 2019. There, they made a presentation on 'Mainstreaming biodiversity in Watershed Development'. Read more
We are happy to inform that WOTR with the support of Rotary Club Of Bombay, Eagle Seeds, Mahyco and Biotech Limited initiated Water Stewardship Initiative in 10 villages of Jalna district in Maharashtra recently. This initiative is launched to build the cadre of water stewards at villager level who will take the responsibility of ensuring the sustainable, efficient and judicious use of water resources. Read more
The ongoing heatwave in Maharashtra has led to nine deaths and 564 persons hospitalised. The districts in Vidarbha and Marathwada are most affected. At WOTR combating heat stress has been an area of work for us. Read more
A tribute to Dr. Priyank Joshi
It is with deep sadness and grief that we, the WOTR family, announce the passing of Priyank Joshi, of the Madhya Pradesh Regional Resource Centre. Priyank passed away on July 11, 2019, at the age of 38. He was working in WOTR since 2004. Priyank's departure has left a huge vacuum in the hearts and minds of countless people, both within WOTR and outside. We at WOTR convey our deepest condolences to his family. Our thoughts are with them. As a small token of our appreciation, we share the following video, which gives an insight into his personality. Watch it here
Gyanprakash Berwal is currently a project manager at our Regional Resource Centre in Udaipur, Rajasthan. He has been with WOTR since 2009. He shares his story in our 'WOTRian of the month'.
"My vision in life is to serve others without any selfish ulterior motives and to help my family members become self-sufficient. I consider myself lucky that I have got and get diverse experiences and knowledge from this sector, which I feel is difficult to get in other sectors. In that sense, I am still trying to evolve as a human being." Read more