||Reducing Hunger & Livelihood Vulnerability in Drought Effected Areas of Bundelkhand
|To intensify community-based intervention for negating the impact of drought among Dalits / Adivasi and Socially excluded groups
||20 villages of Talbehath Block of Lalitpur district
||Usha Silai School
||98 villages of Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur & Lalitrpur Districts of Uttar Pradesh
||Target Intervention Program
||Dakor, Madhogarh block of District Jalaun
||Kastoorba Gandhi Awasiya Balika Vidhyalaya
|Right to Education
||Village Goodha, District Jalaun, U.P.
||Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Uttar Pradesh
||Building Grassroot Civil Society Cadre for Effectiveness and Transparency
|Capacity Development and Promotion of Diversity for Inclusive, Sustainable Growth in India
Jal Jan Jodo Campaign
Building capacity of civil society organizations: India
Jal Jan Jodo campaign was launched in 2013 by experts and activists working on water issues from eleven states under the leadership of conservationist and Stockholm Water Prize winner popularly known as `Waterman’ Rajendra Singh. The main objective of the campaign was to connect people with water conservation issues. The campaign leaders believe that government schemes alone will not be able to end the water crisis in the country and to make them effective people’s participation and ownership is necessary.
The campaign has a three tier management structure operating at national, state and district level. It has a clear stage wise strategy to achieve its objective. While the first stage is about awareness building, the second stage includes creating inspirational models for water conservation and efficient water use. The third stage creates a legal and policy framework for rights and responsibilities. The fourth stage will be enforcement of policy and rules through Satyagraha- peaceful nonviolent protest. The fifth stage aims at providing stability and sustainability to institutions based on values of equality.
There are more than 1200 small and big organizations (436 CBOs, 609 NGOs, 36 farmers groups and 119 colleges, universities and management institutions) as members of the campaign. The campaign regularly organizes trainings for all levels of functionaries, which are conducted atTarun Jal Vidyapeeth (Water School), the training wing of Tarun Bharat Sangh (the organization headed by Rajendra Singh in Rajasthan). The water school has trained more than 2000 grassroots activists on water issues in last three years. The campaign has an elaborate structure for volunteersat the grassroots level:
- Jal Sevak- field level worker responsible for raising water issues at village level.
- Jal Karmi- water engineer who understands, maintains and promotes physical works of water conservation.
- Jal Prabandhak- manager who is responsible for resolving water related conflicts at the village level and ensures efficient use of water.
- Jal Nayak-water leader responsible of raising awareness on government schemes and engaging the government and politicians.
- Jal Rishi - provides overall direction, shape and ideology to the campaign.
In addition, 600 Jal Sahelis (women volunteers at village level) have been trained to establish women’s first rights to water resources. The Jal Sahelis have been recognized by the state government for their pioneering work on water conservation and awareness.
Jal Jan Jodo campaign has been actively carrying out Nadi Yatras (foot marches along the rivers) joined by thousands of activists. These river walks have been very successful in connecting with people and in reviving several rivers like Hindon in Uttar Pradesh and Falgu river in Bihar where more than 3,000 people gathered along the river beds, demanding Government action for rejuvenation of the rivers.
A signature campaign to reach out to prospective village governance bodies- Panchayats- was started in Bihar where 300,000 electoral candidates took oath to revive traditional water bodies -Ahar Pynes. As a result of the campaign the state government assured action for reviving these water bodies.
During the drought in the summer of 2016, a peaceful demonstration in New Delhi called Jal Satyagrahabrought together more than 5,000 people from different states to pressurize the central government to immediately take up water conservation and drought mitigation efforts.
Through an intensive planning process, village communities, with support from the grassroots activists, prepare Water Use Master Plans(WUMP), which is an action plan for management and revival of water and other natural resources at the village level. These are submitted to Government agencies and village authorities for execution. The process empowers the community to address inequalities in the distribution and usage of water resources. More than 70 WUMPs have been prepared and implemented successfully in the last five years.
The campaign also extensively mobilizes voluntary labour contribution by the community- shramdaan. This has led, particularly in the times of drought, to revival of several water bodies and even rivers in many states of India. For example, in Maharashtra five rivers, in Uttar Pradesh Keerat Sagar Lake and in Karnataka big lakes have been revived through community action.
Jal Jan Jodo regularly and meaningfully involves different civil society actors on water issues. Regular dialogues are conducted with governments at all levels- national, state and district on issues such as the Water Security Bill, cross boundary river disputes, river rejuvenation, revival of water bodies, community control over water (as opposed to commercialization) and revival of traditional water harvesting systems. Campaign members frequently represent civil society at various Government forums.
Influencing decision makers
As a result of its advocacy efforts and campaigns, Jal Jan Jodo has been successful in influencing the governments in many ways. During the current drought, the Central Government, reacting to the rally in Delhi, issued a public assurance giving its support to rain water harvesting and revival of water bodies under Government programmes. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, more than 103 traditional Chandela ponds have been restored by the government with an allocation of approximately € 20 million and in Madhya Pradesh 12 ponds with an expenditure of € 140,000 have been similarly revived. The move will help save approximately 60 MCM (million cubic meter) additional water and assure irrigation of 12,000 hectares of agricultural land. In Karnataka, the Government has constituted a separate authority for revival of ponds and tanks.
||3 States- Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan
||European Union & Welthungerhilfe
||Watershed Development Project
|Poverty Reduction and Livelihood Security by Integrated water
||Hansa village of District Jalaun
||Ministry of Women & Child Development GoI
||IWMP-17 & 07
|Watershed development, Livelihood Promotion
||10 villages of Bijawar Block &
9 villages of Baxwaha block In Chhatarpur district
||Rajiv Gandhi Watershed Mission, Govt of Madhya Pradesh
||Jal Sambrudhhi Project Orai & Sumerpur
|Reducing the vulnerability of the community by securing water management through community’s participation in Jalaun & Hamirpur district of Bundelkhand region in UP”
||5 Villages in Dakor Block in Jalaun District
7 Villages of Sumerpur Block of Hamirpur District
||Hindustan Unilever Foundation
||WASH & Advocacy for Community Water Right
|Create conducive environment with regard to WASH for the Dalits and most marginalised communities in Chattarpur and Teekamgargh district of Madhya Pradesh.
||30 Villages of 20 Panchayats of Tikamgarh & Chhatarpur District
||Tribal Development Fund- WADI Project
|Livelihood Promotion & Women Empowerment
||32 villages of Talbehat Block in Lalitpur District