Monthly Archives: January 2018

Power of the Collective

Among the key challenges of the 21st century are poverty, climate change and resource scarcity.  This is especially dire in a country like India which relies heavily on agricultural production – a sector which employs about 70 % of the poor in the country, which is very vulnerable to changes in weather variations and faces a crisis with the lack of a widespread, sustainable source of water.

To this acute water crisis, the solution proposed by WOTR in  the dryland areas of the country was watershed development.  Very early in its operations, it was apparent the problem was not just one of landscape re-engineering, but a complex web of economic, social and environmental dimensions.  Communities were at the centre of this web and had issues like a deeply engrained caste and class distinction, gender biases and a lack of responsibility for the commons.

It was here that WOTR developed the Wasundhara approach.  This was a strategy for inclusive development based on regeneration of the resource base, transparency, equitable distribution of benefits, and gender equality.