GRAMEEN DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (GDS) Head Office: B-1/84, Sector- B, Aliganj, Lucknow- 226024 (U.P.) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1993,by a group of development professionals, academicians and NGO leaders Promoting and strengthening livelihoods for the rural poor is the core thematic focus. Focuses on direct field implementation, through working with poor communities in rural areas Also acting as a resource organization on community based livelihoods promotion themes Humanitarian responses during disasters in GDS’s own field areas.
“To create and strengthen sustainable livelihood systems through community based participatory approaches with techno- managerial inputs to achieve economic and social empowerment for poor and disadvantaged sections focusing on women living in areas of structural poverty with in India”
State DistrictsBihar Muzaffarpur and SitamarhiRajasthan Ajmer and PaliEastern Uttar Gorakhpur, Sant Kabir Nagar,Pradesh Maharajganj, Basti, Siddharthnagar & Lucknow (Urban),HardoiBundelkhand Lalitpur(U.P.)
GDSProjectArea inSitama rhi Dum ra Tilaktajp ur Madha ul Program Area of GDS in Runisaidpur
The target group focus of GDS is on thewomen drawn from the poorest communitiesand households. Specifically, it is by caste on the SC, ST and other backward and marginal communities by class on those below the poverty line by occupation on the landless, artisans and marginal and small farmers.
GDS had entered in Bihar in January 2007 . The current direct coverage : Sitamarhi District– 2 Blocks Runi saidpur & Belsand (45 Villages) Approx 3000 families Muzaffarpur District – 2Blocks Muraul & Sakra (35 villages) Approx. 2000 Families
Direct field intervention started in year 2007. The thematic programs are as under: Agriculture Revival for food security and poverty alleviation in Muzaffarpur Demonstration and stabilization of Stress Tolerant crop varieties with IRRI. Promote adoption of Context specific package of agriculture practices Vegetable growing on business lines (Cluster development approach ) Establish community based seed banks and common equipment centers.
Capacity building of farmers through training and exposure. Familiarize them with techniques and technologies for small & marginal farmers. Promote and strengthen sustainable institutions of farmers – Farmer’s Club, Federation, Primary Producer Company (In process) Linkage for inputs and credit
Women Empowerm ent & Disaster Risk Reduction Program in Sitamarhi: Village level preparedness micro-planning and organize Disaster Management Groups. Capacity building of community on life saving skills and provide devices like life jacket, snake-bite kit, first Aid kits. Mock drills and awareness on relevant themes. Participatory infrastructure creation for flood period – Hand pumps, toilets, bath rooms, boats, temporary shelters etc. Promotion of Climate change/Flood resilient cropping pattern through demonstration of submergence tolerant rice varieties. Promotion of pulses (green gram, lentil, & pea) in flood area Need based Flood Relief /Rehabilitation (Sitamarhi-2007 -09)
Continue… Women’s access to saving credit and insurance products Strengthening Women’s institutions like SHG, Village Institutions and Federations for undertaking the issues of common interests Rights based education on women rights and entitlements. Organize interface with mainstream. Sensitization the women groups against domestic violence and atrocities. Facilitate collective action for entitlement realization. Education on PRI system and ensure participation of women on political processes. Enable women members engage in economic activities for income enhancement Issue based sensitization on MNREGS, NRHM, RTI, and mobilization for realization of these facilities.
Continue… Women Self Help groups – for small savings and credit to ensure food security and empowering them to access government welfare schemes as well their rights and entitlement Village level Institutions – Organized Village Disaster Management Group with required skills for flood preparedness and mitigation as well as to relief & rescue related responses. Apex Level Institution- works as support system for credit facility, micro insurance, livelihood inputs, disaster management, strengthen SHGs and collective actions.
Following varieties were provided by Agricultureinstitutions engaged in technology development onstress tolerant varieties. These are:◦ Submergence Tolerant Rice: Swarna Sub-1 (Improved versions released by IRRI Manila). This variety gives good yield under normal conditions and can tolerate submergence up to 12-14 days.◦ Draught Tolerant Rice: Sahabhagi Dhan (IRRI), Shuska Samrat (NDUAT Faizabad). Required irrigation is lesser than normal varieties. Stress causes less damage.
Strong field presence and rapport in last 5 years Mobilized community base with greater degree of mutual respect and Trust SHGs - 185 Village Level Institution (with DMGs) - 30 Apex Level Federation (Tirahut Vikas Trust) women-1 Trained Volunteers – 208 (Relief-Rescue, First Aid, Health Hygiene & Sanitation) Peer Educators (HIV/AIDS) –106 (66 female+40 Male)
Sir Dorabjee Tata Trust, Mumbai Jamshetji Tata Trust Nawajbai Ratan Tata Trust Oxfam India UNICEF Bihar ITC Limited CRS Delhi International Rice Research Institute. Rajendra Agriculture University, PUSA ND Agriculture University, Faizabad GDS also works through field partners in Madhubani, Sitamarhi, East Champaran and West Champaran