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Scaling Up Participatory Watershed Development in India: Lessons from the Indo-German Watershed Development Programme

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Farrington, John; Lobo, Crispino
Date: 1997
Agency: Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Natural Resource Perspectives, no. 17
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3699
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): watersheds
participatory development
Abstract: "For several years prior to the full start-up of the Indo-German Watershed Development Programme (IGWDP), its architects were driven by one principal concern: that participatory watershed development should be replicable over wide areas. This stimulated the close engagement of stakeholders at international, national, district and local levels, and the creation of confluences of interest (and corresponding checks and balances) within and across these levels. It has also generated a technically sound but participatory watershed planning methodology, a coherent transition from capacity building to full-scale implementation within watersheds, and a practical framework for field-level collaboration among NGOs, community-based organisations and government departments. The Programme currently covers 92,000 ha of private and other land in 20 districts in Maharashtra, involving 50 NGOs working in 74 watersheds. It is set to expand within Maharashtra as new NGOs register themselves some growing from village groups in successful watersheds and to other States through a system of franchising."

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