Facilitating Local Governance

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The concept of decentralization has rapidly occupied an important place in international discourse on local governance over the past few decades. This concept has different attributes, including political, economic, administrative and fiscal decentralisation. Yet, in the Indian context, the political decentralisation has been at the core of rural developmental governance. The 73rd amendment has provided the necessary pace and constitutional backing for the process of devolution of powers to Panchayati Raj Institutions, especially the Gram Panchayat. Thus participation became a right, and Gram Sabha an accessible forum for citizens to make known their opinions in the process of decision making at a local level.

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System of Crop Intensification (SCI)

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(Eng; 2.43 mins) 

This is a showcase of WOTR’s methodology of Adaptive Sustainable Agriculture: System of Crop Intensification. This method is based on extensive field research and experiments. Promotion of organic fertilisers and low external inputs ensures high productivity as well as soil health. The film shows the results of the first field trials.

Weathering Climate Change

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(Language: English, Duration: 8.41 mins)


“Weathering Climate Change” is a short film that describes WOTR’s Agro-Meteorology component of Climate Change Adaptation Project and some of the real-time ground experiences. This component combines locale-specific Met-advisories and Agro-advisories for timely weather information to help farmers plan their agricultural activities. Also a web based initiative, it is marked by its unique automated platform and software to provide village wise weather trends that can be widely up scaled.

The advisories and met-forecasts are shared with the communities through phone and smses.


Upscaling of Successful Experiences In The Mainstream Watershed Programme In India

The paper is based upon detailed case studies of watershed projects and analysis of experiences under innovative watershed projects. It synthesizes the lessons from studies on five themes namely (i) User rights, (ii) Capacity building, (iii) Equity for resource poor families, (iv) Participatory monitoring and evaluation systems, and (v) Withdrawal strategy/ post project sustainability. These themes were pursued by five anchor organizations associated with the study namely WASSAN, PLF, WOTR, MANAGE and WDCU in the state of Orissa, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.


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