Backwardness Alleviation : Convergent, Collective, Community Change Programme for Water, Sanitation, Food, Livelihood and Bio-diversity Security in 3 Backward Blocks of Maharashtra, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.

Backwardness Alleviation : Convergent, Collective, Community Change Programme for Water, Sanitation, Food, Livelihood and Bio-diversity Security in 3 Backward Blocks of Maharashtra, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.

In 2013, Barefoot partnered with the UNDP on their Policy and Advocacy Project. Through Barefoot, the UNDP supported community based organizations (CBOs) in community led audits of water, sanitation, food, livelihood, and biodiversity security in three under developed blocks of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Odisha.

 

The result was a Citizen-led Experiment using 6- Resource Framework for Strategising Backwardness Alleviation in Mokhada Block of Thane District, Maharashtra, Muniguda Block of Rayagada District, Odisha and Veppur Block of Perambalur District, Tamil Nadu.

 

The entire conceptual thrust of this programme has been to provide sufficient exposure and training to local leaders – irrespective of whether they are Panchayat samiti members, Presidents or Sarpanches (as the elected head of the Village Panchayats are called in the 3 states) or youth and local leaders, including women.

 

The entire approach is to ensure that local people demand good governance as their right and to ensure that they themselves take charge of the type of developmental programmes undertaken in their respective areas. The programme consciously kept away from investing in setting up capital-intensive infrastructure or from giving development doles or welfare funds.

 

Instead the programme was based on the confidence that if people saw value in the change programme which they see and experience as being inclusive, participatory and equitable they will be willing to invest their own resources – human, knowledge, material and money – to take forward their change programme addressing sustainable development needs.