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IRRAD

Together, we empower rural India

Institute of Rural Research and Development
An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foun...
IRRAD

Together, we empower rural India

Institute of Rural Research and Development
An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foun...
IRRAD

Together, we empower rural India

Institute of Rural Research and Development

IRRAD’S FOCUS AREAS

An initiative o...
IRRAD

Together, we empower rural India

Institute of Rural Research and Development
An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foun...
IRRAD

Together, we empower rural India

Institute of Rural Research and Development
An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foun...
IRRAD

Together, we empower rural India

Institute of Rural Research and Development
An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foun...
IRRAD

Together, we empower rural India

Institute of Rural Research and Development
An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foun...
IRRAD

Together, we empower rural India

Institute of Rural Research and Development
An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foun...
IRRAD

Together, we empower rural India

Institute of Rural Research and Development
An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foun...
IRRAD

Together, we empower rural India

Institute of Rural Research and Development
An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foun...
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  1. 1. IRRAD Together, we empower rural India Institute of Rural Research and Development An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation WELCOME TO IRRAD! FINDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR POVERTY ERADICATION IN INDIA Jane Schukoske, CEO, IRRAD January 10, 2014
  2. 2. IRRAD Together, we empower rural India Institute of Rural Research and Development An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation S.M. Sehgal Foundation, registered as a trust in India since 1999 MISSION Our mission is to strengthen community-led development initiatives to achieve positive social, economic and environmental change across rural India. VISION We envision every person across rural India empowered to lead a more secure and prosperous life. APPROACH • Community participation in integrated village development • Scale tested, replicable models - good governance through pachayat raj institutions and citizen participation - water management - agricultural income enhancement • Knowledge instituteTogether, We Empower Rural India ABOUT IRRAD
  3. 3. IRRAD Together, we empower rural India Institute of Rural Research and Development IRRAD’S FOCUS AREAS An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation Agriculture Enhances farmers’ income Research: evidence -based interventions Water Provides water solutions Rural Governance Ensures citizen participation Builds capacity of village-level institutions Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Promotes hygiene Together, We Empower Rural India Research: evidence -based interventions
  4. 4. IRRAD Together, we empower rural India Institute of Rural Research and Development An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation Initial Outreach Area: District Mewat, Haryana 431 villages, 1.1 million people, limited access to media • Low literacy rate: 56.1% , Female Literacy: 37.6% • Patriarchic and conservative community • Water scarcity; 14% villages have sweet water, rest are saline • Dependence on agriculture and allied activities: 78% • Poor health indicators:  Institutional deliveries: 14.8%  Maternal Mortality Rate: 275 per 100,000 live births  Access to toilet facilities: 16.2% • Family Size: 7; Girls married before 18 years: 43.2% • Fading local culture • Low awareness about government programs Sources: Census 2011; District Level Household and Facility Survey-III, 2010; Sample Registration Survey 2011 Together, We Empower Rural India
  5. 5. IRRAD Together, we empower rural India Institute of Rural Research and Development An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation IRRAD’S WORK IN MEWAT DISTRICT, HARYANA Together, We Empower Rural India
  6. 6. IRRAD Together, we empower rural India Institute of Rural Research and Development An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation Village-level institutions are capable of supplying public goods and services Good Village Governance VILLAGE GOVERNANCE Citizens demand accountable, transp arent village governance Supply-side interventions Demand-side interventions Build capacities of village-level institutions Raise villagers’ awareness of their rights and entitlements Together, We Empower Rural India
  7. 7. IRRAD Together, we empower rural India Institute of Rural Research and Development An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation COMMUNITY RADIO High value in small radius where little access to mainstream media • Community run: rural voices • Strengthens community communications • Serves as a bridge between the village-level institutions and villagers • Brings relevant knowledge and culture • Enables other community media Together, We Empower Rural India (e.g., audio sms)
  8. 8. IRRAD Together, we empower rural India Institute of Rural Research and Development An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation IRRAD’S IMPACT • Good rural governance program: 76,000 citizens engaged • Capacity building of 1,400 community leaders (trainers of trainees) in Mewat District • Harvesting water in villages: 271 dry villages served; check dams, culverts, loose stone structures built • Adoption of modern agricultural practices: 4567 field demonstrations • Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8 broadcasts 12 hours daily and reaches 183 villages • Scientific analysis: study of ground realities, village needs, implementation of government schemes and NGO interventions Together, We Empower Rural India
  9. 9. IRRAD Together, we empower rural India Institute of Rural Research and Development An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation BEST PRACTICES IN DEVELOPMENT • Community ownership: villagers share their views and knowledge in defining village problems, develop local solutions and participate as decision makers • Access to information: publications, meetings, wall paintings, community radio and mobile phone technology • Local Institution building: through strengthening capacities of panchayat raj, citizen involvement, and effective communication with block, district and state government officials • Scientific approach in implementation: baseline, monitoring and evaluation, and impact assessment of projects • Replication of tested apt solutions and leverage of government schemes Together, We Empower Rural India
  10. 10. IRRAD Together, we empower rural India Institute of Rural Research and Development An initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation Reach us at: CEO@irrad.org / www.irrad.org Institute of Rural Research and Development (an initiative of S.M. Sehgal Foundation) Plot No. 34, Sector 44, Institutional Area Gurgaon 122003, Haryana, India Together, We Empower Rural India

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