(Video) Hamara Gaon Initiative by Development Alternatives
(Video) Hamara Gaon : by Development Alternatives
The Hamara Gaon Programme of Development Alternatives reaches out to 18 villages across 4 districts in Bundelkhand – an area proverbially known for its poverty and deprivation – to demonstrate models for transforming lives of people in deprivation. The feasibility of such models could be applicable on a large scale in a variety of socio-economic-ecological context. In our evolving world of resource depletion, climate change and economic stagnation, some of the basic lessons, particularly the key role of livelihoods and of rational management of resources, may be applicable to different geographies across the world.
Hamara Gaon is operationalised on the principle of “Haryali, Udyamita aur Sampanata” – Environment Wellbeing, Eocnomic Development and Social Prosperity and has the following objectives:
- Promoting Environment Wellbeing through optimising the productive potential of the local natural resource base
- Stimulating Economic Development by fostering the creation of diverse livelihoods that invigorate the local economy
- Enabling Social Wellbeing by facilitating access to basic needs and promoting a culture of shared benefit in the community
The initiative is based on the principle of people’s participation, equity, and promotion of community owned and managed systems approach to achieve sustainable impact and replication. It aims to introduce a holistic package of interventions to transform lives of the marginalised and vulnerable through establishment of infrastructure and institutions that enable social and economic prosperity for all in harmony with nature. Capacities of local institutions are strengthened to plan and implement a range of integrated village development measures by accessing available government schemes. These include – integrated watershed management, infrastructure development such as roads, drains, housing, water supply, sanitation and electrification, literacy and livelihood initiatives, savings and credit services and farm and off farm enterprises identified on the basis of resource and market assessments, communication and information. Led through local institutions and engagement with local government the project converges with resources from public schemes and local development action. Wherever possible it seeks private investment and partnerships with community groups to leverage resources and instil sustainability in development.
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