Samaj Pragati Sahayog as a Support Voluntary Organisation

Success Story

Innovations in Soil Development and Land Use Planning of Jatashankar Campus
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2. With technical support agencies, including research institutions, university departments and independent consultants. This keeps the body of knowledge that informs the capacity-building effort of the SVO continuously refreshed and updated. Further, this allows technology developers to get a regular feedback from the field regarding the relevance/ applicability/ appropriateness or otherwise of their work, so that they can continuously modify it. In this way, the SPS programmes can serve as learning laboratories for field practices. SPS provides further support in the field with assistance for baseline surveys, site identification for projects and plan development.

3. With policy makers, who benefit from the regular stream of feedback from those engaged in implementing programs formulated by them. Policies become more effective in attaining their avowed goals as the SVO provides them regular outputs (reports, papers, films, manuals etc) based on insights from the field.

4. With governments: Over the years several state governments have approached us to help them build capacities of their teams and provide support to them in their watershed and MGNREGA programmes. These include, Governments of Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Recent outreach has focused on building partnerships in the states of Odisha and Jharkhand. Our role as an SVO is tied up with our work in improving the efficacy of MGNREGA. Through SVO trainings, we generate the technically-skilled and knowledgeable human resources able to carry out MGNERGA works with the PRIs.

5. With corporate entities such as banks, corporations working in rural development, funding agencies etc. Banks are crucial as the medium-term trajectory of our work is to move from subsidies to loans. Watershed funds represent public investment that is essential for public goods with significant externalities. But these are only for the initial period in each area. The power of the watershed approach lies in the fact that these public investments spur successive rounds of private investment that are carried out by the farmers themselves. It is here that the role of bank loans proves crucial by ensuring sustainability and upscaling in a manner little else can. Funding agencies help tide over the period before the government decides to mainstream the expenses involved in supporting the SVO concept.