WOTR conducts a broad range of training programmes for development practitioners from national and international organisations, officials from various government departments, community-based organisations, corporates and students. These programmes are conducted in diverse fields such as geospatial tools, water budgeting, climate-induced vulnerability assessments, climate-resilient sustainable agriculture, watershed-based natural resource management, aquifer delineation, community mobilisation, and application of technology in project management, entrepreneurship development and water stewardship.
FR. HERMANN BACHER LEARNING CENTRE (HBLC)
WOTR’s training centre at Darewadi village, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, is named after Fr. Hermann Bacher, who is considered the pioneer of watershed development in India. HBLC is an ideal setting for ‘Live’ training and exposure for the participants. What was once a dusty and drought prone village is now transformed into a watershed which hosts trainees from across India and abroad. The Centre and the nearby cluster of 30 villages (covering 26,000 ha) serve as a training ground for the participants.
TYPES OF TRAINING ACTIVITIES
- Project-based training
- Demand based and sponsored training
- International training programmes
HIGHLIGHTS OF TRAINING
- 41 demand based and sponsored training programmes conducted, for 1,545 people in 2018-19
- 1,315 project-based training programmes conducted for 31,850 people in 2018-19
- From 1993 to 2020, 411,904 people were provided training from 27 states and 63 countries
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES
Since 1993, Exposure and Dialogue Programmes have been offered for individuals and institutions, both in India and abroad. The exposure gives individuals first-hand experience of our work as well as an understanding of life in rural India. Most recently, an EDP programme was conducted for the students of DePaul University, Chicago, United States of America in December 2018.
TOOLS AND MANUALS
- Community Driven Vulnerability Evaluation – Programme Designer is a tool to assess vulnerability. See here
- Participatory Net Planning is a methodology for the planning and implementation of watershed development projects in India. See the booklet here
- People’s Biodiversity Register provides step-by-step guidance to non-experts on how to conduct and formulate a PBR with the engagement of the local community. See here
- Co-DriVE Visual Integrator (Co-DriVE-VI) is a tool for long-term development planning. See here
- Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Systems in Watershed Development. This resource book contains 9 tools related to monitoring of the products, processes and impacts of watershed development. See here
- ‘Little Drops of Water Make a Mighty Ocean’ – A trainers manual for Self-Help Groups available in Marathi and Hindi too. See here
- Common Bucket Game is a fun way of getting people to understood the concept of sustainable water usage. See here
Building Capacities of Villagers
How does WOTR help to make village communities more enterprising and better able to do with climate variations? And how do women, in particular, benefit from our work in the field of capacity building? Watch this video, from our work to know more.
A path to guaranteed self-sufficiency
WOTR’s capacity building efforts have changed lives in project villages of Jharkhand, for the better. Read our blog to know how the interventions have helped people become self-sufficient.