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Published on January 6, 2009

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We strive to enable the poor & marginalized people to sustain their livelihoods, participate in decision making and foster real development. : We strive to enable the poor & marginalized people to sustain their livelihoods, participate in decision making and foster real development. ERA Experiments in Rural Advancement A quick Genesis of ERA : A quick Genesis of ERA ERA came into being in 1987 It is registered under Society Registration Act Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act Section 12a and 80 G of Income Tax (exemption) Act Structure of ERA (present) : Structure of ERA (present) General Body | Governing Body | Advisory <-------->Director <---------->Volunteers Admn | Fund raising | ----------------- | | Finance Program ----------------- Programs _______________|___________________ | | | Capacity Livelihood Strengthening Building security Civil Society Over the years, ERA has developed into a team of committed and experienced personnel. : Over the years, ERA has developed into a team of committed and experienced personnel. The team began its working from a couple of villages remotely located in an area-bordering far-west Nepal (falling under erstwhile undivided district of Pithoragarh)…. ….. gradually expanding its programme/ activities to more than 300 remotely located villages across Uttrakhand … now expanding its programme activities to selected pockets in Uttar Pradesh.. and beyond Programme activities undertaken : Programme activities undertaken In this area, ERA has worked in the fields of Elementary Education Opening primary schools un unserved/ underserved areas Health care Reviving traditional health care systems (both medicine and practitioners) by training and organising local Dais and Vaids) Women empowerment Thro’ personnel counseling, group formation, promoting economic activities – skill based and land based Natural Resource Management – developing traditional d/king water sources, water management and agriculture, adopting Watershed planning approach Strengthening Panchayats (local governance) Promoting local initiatives to sustain the interventions Networking and capacity building to enable local initiatives (NGOs and CBOs) Beneficiaries of ERA’s programs : Beneficiaries of ERA’s programs Our Programs are built around Children - elementary education and health care poor & destitute women - suitable economic programs Poor and marginalised people – skill based activities for artisans and land-based activities for farmers local youth In fact, entrepreneurship activities for local youth, with the purpose to contain tide of migration, has been our primary concern. On its part, ERA has attained a reasonable level of success in all its programmes. Innovative experiments on elementary education and water management made ERA a household name in the work-pocket.The solutions were refreshing but the impact was limited in terms of visibility and out reach. In order to address this concern, we even attempted networking NGOs at the district/ Kumaon level, which was a real learning : On its part, ERA has attained a reasonable level of success in all its programmes. Innovative experiments on elementary education and water management made ERA a household name in the work-pocket.The solutions were refreshing but the impact was limited in terms of visibility and out reach. In order to address this concern, we even attempted networking NGOs at the district/ Kumaon level, which was a real learning ERA, in the year 1997, on the eve of completion of a decade of working, consolidated the learning and experience thus gathered Empowerment of people……….. was still a distant dream ??The realisation led ERA team to adopt corrective measures and chart its new course of ACTION, which reframed its approach and defined levels of working : ERA, in the year 1997, on the eve of completion of a decade of working, consolidated the learning and experience thus gathered Empowerment of people……….. was still a distant dream ??The realisation led ERA team to adopt corrective measures and chart its new course of ACTION, which reframed its approach and defined levels of working Corrective measures : Corrective measures ERA gradually phased-out from direct implementation of service delivery programmes and combined elements of service, empowerment and advocacy in its approach: SERVICE to solve local-specific problems; EMPOWERMENT of poor and marginalised people so that they are enabled to play lead roles in achieving those remedies; and ADVOCACY to address the issues in a more systematic manner. The new approach implied defining its levels of working too : The new approach implied defining its levels of working too Grassroots level Intermediary level Policy Research & Advocacy Grassroots level : Grassroots level Direct intervention – particularly to address the core issue of basic services and livelihood security i.e. delivering basic services (where the state is inefficient) and securing livelihood of the poor and marginalised and sustaining it But this was to be undertaken only on a pilot basis or at experimentation level, to yield useful insights that seek to develop a better understanding on the issues in order to endorse policy changes. Intermediary level : Intermediary level Replicating the efforts by promoting and supporting local initiatives and NGOs Networking them for collective action linking them to various levels within and beyond the state for policy advocacy, and with government and donor agencies for resource/ fund mobilisation Policy Research & Advocacy : Policy Research & Advocacy Documentation & Dissemination of relevant information Policy research and analysis Public education on development issues facilitating people to develop better understanding on policy issues Advocacy This component necessitated mobilising the Masses for a ground swell. Need for a large forum : Need for a large forum All this was beyond ERA to achieve all by itself. But the gap, it seemed, could be filled by strengthening local initiatives and bringing them under same scheme of things thereby increasing overall impact This also implied networking them into a larger forum. ERA, with the wealth of experience at its command, was certainly in a position to do so. It had the basic strength of local initiatives that it had promoted earlier in the process. With this germinated the idea of nurturing a larger forum … Himalayan Nadi Ghati Sanrakshan Abhiyan : Himalayan Nadi Ghati Sanrakshan Abhiyan Hence, in the year 1998, Himalayan Nadi Ghati Sanrakshan Abhiyan (Himalayan River Valley Conservation Campaign) came into existence. Basic Idea - majority of local populace and its source of livelihood are in river valleys, hence the need to conserve and plan to develop accordingly. it had mobilised local people to organise campaign to protect and conserve their river valleys. A major threat perceived was upcoming big dams, hence they protested against proposed Pancheshwar dam on river Mahakali. While the Abhiyan was only in nascent stage, vested interests publicised the campaign as ‘anti-development’. Moreover, it became very localised. Re-establishing ERA’s credibility became equally important… Intermediary role imposed on ERA : Intermediary role imposed on ERA Inclusion of NGOs in Campaign building even implied mobilising financial support for them. This was true in case of both – the ones that had emerged from ERA’s fold and also others working at grassroots who expressed eagerness for synergic action. … a tough task indeed ??? At the same time, CRY came forward to support. CRY designated ERA as its Nodal agency for Uttarakhand. ERA, since the year 1998, started supporting 10 NGOs across the state Revigorating Challenge : Revigorating Challenge Although the geographical spread increased but the Focus was limited to child rights Challenge was to mobilise funds for promoting and strengthening local initiatives those were committed to enable the community to foster real development - set by its own genius. At ERA-level, it needed different set of skills to cope up with the new role. ERA undertook the Challenge Evolution of SAROKAAR : Evolution of SAROKAAR The overall developments paved way for a larger forum Creation of Uttrakhand as a separate state, in the year 2000, gave ERA an opportunity to unfold its advocacy effort. ERA, in collaboration with other NGOs working in the region, organised a workshop ‘Challenges & Prospects for the new state’ More people were roped in. An opportunity to build the synergy for positive change. These developments needed a new outfit. … Cont : … Cont Look out for new outfit resulted in renaming of ‘Nadi Ghati Sanrakshan Abhiyan’ with a renewed purpose Now, it had become a state-level consortium of NGOs, social activists, CBOs, etc. by the name of SAROKAAR-Centre for Advocacy Studies The change in name and its purpose attracted more people from various segments of the society Growth was evident : Growth was evident More and more people joined with diverse ideas, background, and varied interests. Now the Challenge was keep intact all members, supporters, well-wishers and above all to retain the synergy thus created. ERA, in-line with its ideology, preferred Sarokaar to develop into an autonomous entity This needed a separate structure in place. … cont : … cont Eventually, a separate organisation by the name of ‘SAROKAAR’, with autonomous functioning and its structure in place came into existence. Dehradun, being state capital, was chosen as its central office. ERA continued providing finances and all logistic support to Sarokaar. Other founder NGO members provided the strength. Members gave Sarokaar a mandate to evolve into an individual membership-based mass organisation. The NGO partners’ reps became individual members and promoted mass membership campaign. local initiatives, earlier promoted by ERA, provided the basis for erecting the new structure by broad-basing Sarokaar’s individual membership. Sarokaar as envisioned earlier was to fulfill the objective of mass mobilisation under the Policy advocacy and people’s campaign component of ERA’s and its partner NGO’s programmes : Sarokaar as envisioned earlier was to fulfill the objective of mass mobilisation under the Policy advocacy and people’s campaign component of ERA’s and its partner NGO’s programmes Sarokaar had moved in the desired direction. Sarokaar’s first Convention was held in June 2004 at Dehradun. In the Convention more than 500 delegates participated. The delegates renewed mandate and approved structure to execute the mandate. Now Sarokaar is synergising community actions and assisting ERA and its partner NGOs to attain the set objectives. Impact of Sarokaar : Impact of Sarokaar Sarokaar Broad-based, involving a large number of people (membership more than 10,000), widened ERA’s outreach, facilitating sharing of resources amongst members, and partner NGOs Instrumentalised coordinating multiple strategies of ERA and its partner NGOs It basically helped to build multiplier effect in terms of impact and public discourse. The initiative is envisaged to evolve into a broader mass movement encompassing whole range of livelihood issues of the poor and marginalised. Organisational Structure of SAROKAAR : Organisational Structure of SAROKAAR Members to the Executive Committee are elected from various segments of the Civil Society PEOPLE’s CONGRESS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Working Committee ERA reverted back to continue with its role of promoting and strengthening local initiatives : ERA reverted back to continue with its role of promoting and strengthening local initiatives ERA has always strove to frame all its programs within a comprehensive plan in its endeavor to enlighten the community on all aspects of life and living. For this a stress on local initiatives has been laid from the outset itself. These local initiatives have been trying to enable their respective communities and help them evolve an entire package of integrated program for their overall socio-economic upliftment. Community level: : Community level: People’s Resource Center's) (as sub-center's) for disseminating information) have been initiated at three places. Community leaders are being identified and involved in the process Partner NGOs are being capacitated to facilitate Community level Strategic planning for Local Economic Development Linkages with the Government : Linkages with the Government Incumbent Politicians and senior Bureaucrats participate in ERA’s programmes and duly recognise its contribution in the field of development. Credibly, ERA has been designated as ‘Anchor NGO’ for Champawat district by the State Government President ERA has been nominated as a member of State Committee on ‘Atrocities against Women’ Director ERA was unanimously elected as Founder President of UVHA (a state-level network of NGOs) Director ERA has been a member of Uttrakhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission To express its current of thoughts and actions, ERA is carrying out following programs/ projects: : To express its current of thoughts and actions, ERA is carrying out following programs/ projects: Asserting Child Rights : Asserting Child Rights Central focus of the program is establishing child rights. The program entails: Educating and organizing community around child rights and predominant local issues; Providing basic development services to solve local-specific problems; Reactivating Govt infrastructure to provide elementary education and primary health care; … cont. Strengthening Civil Society : Strengthening Civil Society The program is endeavouring to promote and synergise People’s initiatives main components: Main Resource Centre at D’dun and 3 regional Resource centres Perspective/Capacity building of NGOs/ CBOs Democratic reforms for better governance institutionalising the initiative The Program is unleashing people’s capacity by .. : The Program is unleashing people’s capacity by .. .. Enabling people to develop better understanding of their own situation and influence of external trends, .. promoting collective action to bring change through interventions made in the direction of asserting their right to basic services and necessary infrastructure to utilise their full potential to secure livelihoods. thereby capacitating them to attempt for democratic reforms and sustain the institutions thus created. .. Help develop linkages with the Government and other stakeholders Enabling Local initiatives to bring their issues in public realm : Enabling Local initiatives to bring their issues in public realm This project is being implemented at Tuni in Chakrata block Construction of a building for a school cum community Centre Recognise indigenous knowledge on life and livelihood and based on that develop local-specific curriculum for initiating ethnic school The idea is to promote ethnic schools in tribal pockets of the State Future Thrust areas : Future Thrust areas Entrepreneurship development (local resource and skill based) for local youth, particularly women Strengthen Advocacy wing, particularly competence in areas of Democratic reforms, Research and Mass Communication Enhance professional capabilities of the team to cope up with the changed role – to improve their work efficiency and optimally function during emergencies – natural calamities, etc. Instituionalising the initiatives to Sustain the interventions ERA’s website re-designed www.erabharat.org : ERA’s website re-designed www.erabharat.org We recognise the fact that changes in policies at state, national and international level are necessary, if the poor and marginalised people are to be enabled to secure livelihoods, participate in decision making and foster real development. The Website shall give us the opportunity to share the impact of our programmes on lives of the people with whom we work and communicate with our supporters and wider public. We will be amplifying people’s voice by using our skills and resources to advocate pro-poor policies and democratic reforms. We look forward to our website being a living and vibrant entity. The age old belief : The age old belief We are deeply committed to learning and devising even more effective ways of enabling poor and marginalised people to foster real development and assert their rights. With each step forward, we will integrate the lessons from our work into the development support programme and advocacy positions that we take. We reiterate the belief that ‘People with ideas and People united’ hold the key to transformation. Welcoming your valuable Commentsand of coursePARTICIPATION Thank you for Care & Concern : Welcoming your valuable Commentsand of coursePARTICIPATION Thank you for Care & Concern Head Off: 9, Arvind marg, Dehradun – 248 001 (Uttrakhand) INDIA Tele-fax: (0135) 274 1623 Field off: at village: Patan post: Lohaghat dist: Champawat -262 524 (UA) Project Off: at & post: Tuni, dist: Dehradun – 248 199 (UA) email:era@sancharnet.in website: www.erabharat.org

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