What We Do

Over the past 25 years, WOTR’s areas of intervention have evolved to include watershed development, integrated water resources management/ water stewardship, climate change adaptation, climate resilient agriculture, agro-meteorology, health, nutrition and sanitation, women’s empowerment, sustainable livelihoods, training and capacity building, applied research and policy engagement.

We classify this broad range of activities under 6 thematic areas:

WOTR is engaged in different roles in all the above thematic areas of work, which could be seen as separate verticals (themes) or cross-cutting functional expertise as they more often than not, involve work in one or more of the above thematic areas simultaneously. These roles played by WOTR, are:

1. Implementation and Support

WOTR is involved in direct implementation of nationally relevant development programmes, working with bilateral aid agencies, international development and adaptation funding mechanisms, research institutes, private companies (through their CSR actions), and through other partnerships in its thematic areas of focus.

Implementation projects include activities across all six thematic areas. We operate directly as the primary implementing agency as will we through capacity building, planning and monitoring of projects implemented by others, which are classified by us implementation ‘support’. These can include preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs), Evaluation studies, play a Monitoring & Evaluation role, and provide learning and documentation support.

2. Action Research and Policy Advocacy

Applied Research has always been an integral part of WOTR’s work. Observing, measuring, assessing implementation challenges and also the improvements that a project brings about has been part of WOTR’s DNA.

Constantly learning from experience, WOTR has continued to evolve, strengthening its focus on research, knowledge management, policy advocacy and strategic communications. The WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) was the realisation of a dream that inspired the setting up in WOTR of a unit for knowledge and applied research. Inaugurated on the 20th of December 2016, this unit brings in a much stronger focus on trans-disciplinary research with a view to create new insights, influence policy formulation, program design and implementation, capacity building and behavioural change processes.

3. Training and Capacity Building

WOTR conducts a wide variety 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 IT to project management, entrepreneurship development and water stewardship.

4. Applied IT, GIS and Consultancy Services

Cutting across Implementation Support and Action Research is our work on Consultancy projects and applied IT and GIS assignments. Our consulting assignments are mainly Impact assessments of natural resource management, watershed development and adaptation projects, socio-economic and hydro-geological studies. These consultancies are carried out for other non-profits, government departments, CSRs, corporates and research institutes.

We also have well-equipped Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing and IT facilities. These help with impact assessments, crop mapping and monitoring land use land cover changes. In addition, we have been providing locale-specific, weather-based crop advisories across Maharashtra for the past 6 years. The technical, agricultural and applied IT skills have helped develop a user-friendly mobile application called Farm Precise for the dynamic weather-based, crop management advisories.