Centre for Social Research recognises the increasing impact of climate change on rural communities and the marginalisation of women from environmental management. Given the growing concern over water scarcity, Centre for Social Research with the support of Hanns Seidel Stiftung (HSS), initiated the project, Water Conservation and Climate Change Training of Trainers Program for Elected Women Representatives of Rural Rajasthan, in the year 2012. We recognize that women have natural leadership qualities and decision-making ability, and that women’s leadership is necessary to achieve social change and progress. We believe that with support and capacity-building, women will become strong and effective leaders in water management and will support their communities to better adapt to climate change.

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The first Phase of this project was successfully executed in Sanganer (Jaipur district) and Abu Road (Sirohi district) in 2015 with a ready Training Module and Residential Training of Trainers (TOT) programme which focuses towards empowering elected women representatives to take on leadership roles in water conservation within their communities. This phase recieved commendable evaluation feedback along with few suggestions for improvement which CSR with support of Hanns Seidel Stiftung; India (HSS; India) tried to achieving in the Second phase of the program.

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AIMS OF THE PROJECT
• To increase the understanding of the link between water issues and gender inequality
• To increase knowledge amongst Women Elected Representatives of tools and schemes for water conservation and water management
• To build the capacities of Women Elected Representatives to lead water conservation initiatives at village level

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
• Basic trainings based on ToT manual in a newly selected district i.e. Jalore in Rajasthan.
• Hand-holding programmes in the project areas of phase-1 i.e. Sirohi Abu Road district and Sanganer Jaipur district.

KEY ACTIVITIES SHEET APRIL TO DECEMBER

S. No Programme Venue Date Planned Date Held Target Group Female Participants Male Participants Total Participants
1. Preliminary Meeting to finalise the Programme for Climate Change and Discussion on Safe Cities Programme for 2016 Centre for Social Research; Delhi April 13; 2016 April 13; 2016 CSR, Jan Chetana Sansthan (JCS) & HSS 7 3 10
2. International Conference on Innovations in Sustainable Water & Wastewater Treatment System (ISWATS) YASHADA, Pune April 21 to 23; 2016 General public in the exhibit and NGOs 2 0 2
3. Evaluation Reviews and Planning Meeting for Climate Project 2016 Centre for Social Research; Delhi April 29; 2016 April 29; 2016 CSR, Jan Chetana Sansthan (JCS), International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) & HSS 10 9 19
4. Preparation and finalization of Needs Assessment Forms for conducting Needs assessment in Jalore Centre for Social Research; Delhi May 1; 2016 May 31; 2016 Government officials, EWR’S and House-hold surveys in Jalore NA
5. Refresher Meeting & Conducting Needs Assessment in Jalore Abu Road;  Bhinmal and Raniwada; Jalore June 7; 2016

June 8 to 10; 2016

June 7; 2016

June 8 to 10; 2016

Government officials, EWR’S and House-hold  surveys in Jalore 34 3 37
6. 4 Handholding Programmes in Sanganer (Jaipur) Jaipur June 15, 17, 20 & 29; 2016 June 15, 17, 20 & 29; 2016 Elected women representatives  and community members 143 59 202
7. 5 Handholding Programmes in Abu Road (Sirohi) Abu Road June 10 to 15; 2016 June 17, 18, 20, 24 & 28; 2016 Elected women representatives  and community members 163 12 175
8. 6 Handholding Programmes in Sanganer, Jaipur Jaipur July 01, 04, 07, 08, 11, & 12; 2016 July 01, 04, 07, 08, 11, & 12; 2016 Elected women representatives and community members 205 24 229
9. 5 Handholding Programmes in Abu Road Abu Road July 05, 06, 08, 11 & 13; 2016 July 05, 06, 08, 11 & 13; 2016 Elected women representatives and community members 149 2 151
10. Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop Pipal Tree Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore July 04 to 08; 2016 July 04 to 08; 2016 HSS team and HSS partner organisations 3 0 03
11. CSR-HSS Consultation: Discussion on the Training Strategies for the Upcoming ToT under HSS Climate Project 2016 Centre for Social Research July 20; 2016 July 20; 2016 HSS Team, CSR Climate Project team, Local Experts from Rajasthan, one member from CEE Ahmedabad team 8 8 16
12. 5 Handholding Programmes in Sanganer, Jaipur Jaipur August 02 or 05 or 06,  08, 10, 12 & 20; 2016 August 02, 14, 16, 22, & 23; 2016

 

Elected women representatives and community members 163 9 172
13. 5 Handholding Programmes in Abu Road Abu Road August 04, 16, 19, 23 & 25; 2016 August 04, 16, 19, 23 & 25; 2016 Elected women representatives and community members 183 1 184
14. First Training of Traainer (ToT) Programme in Jalore Bhinmal, Jalore July 31; 2016 to August 04; 2016 August 05 to 08; 2016 Sarpanch, Wardpanch & Anganwadi workers 31 0 31
15. 5 Handholding Programmes in Sanganer, Jaipur Jaipur September 02, 09, 10, 15 & 21; 2016 September 02, 09, 10, 15 & 21; 2016 Elected women representatives  and community members 195 25 220
16. 5 Handholding Programmes in Abu Road Abu Road September 15, 15, 16, 17, 18; 2016 September 15, 15, 16, 17, 18; 2016 Elected women representatives  and community members 177 1 178
17. Review & Feedback Meeting with Trainers in Abu Road (Handholding Programmes) & Making Arrangements for Prof Grambow’s Visit in October 2016 Abu Road September 29 to 30; 2016 September 29 to 30; 2016 Trainers and participants of the handholding programmes conducted in Abu Road 48 1 49
18. 5 Handholding Programmes in Sanganer, Jaipur Jaipur October 02, 03, 05, 07 & 21; 2016 October 02, 03, 05, 07 & 21; 2016 Elected women representatives  and community members 159 76 235
19. 5 Handholding Programmes in Abu Road Abu Road October 10, 14, 14, 16 & 18; 2016

 

October 10, 14, 14, 16 & 18; 2016

 

Elected women representatives  and community members 166 5 171
20. Second Training of Traainer (ToT) Programme in Jalore Bhinmal; Jalore September16 to 19; 2016 October 22 to 25; 2016 Sarpanch, Ward-panch and Aanganwadi workers 31 8 39
21. Visit of Prof Martin Grambow to Abu Road (HSS-CSR Climate Project Areas) Abu Road October 26 to 27; 2016 October 26 to 27; 2016 EWRs from Jaipur, Abu Road and Bhinmal-Jalore, Government officials, HSS Team members, CSR team members, JCS team members, SARD Team and Jaipur Local Resource person 29 13 42
22. 5 Handholding Programmes in Sanganer, Jaipur Jaipur November 07, 16, 17 & 21; 2016 & December 16; 2016 November 07, 16, 17 & 21; 2016 & December 16; 2016 Elected women representatives  and community members 176 12 188
23. 5 Handholding Programmes in Abu Road Abu Road November 14, 15, 20, 25 & 27; 2016 November 14, 15, 20, 25 & 27; 2016

 

Elected women representatives  and community members 172 2 174
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Review & Feedback Meeting with Trainers in Jalore (ToT Programmes) Bhinmal November 21; 2016 November 21; 2016 Trained Sarpanch, Ward-panch, Anganwadi workers and Government officials 15 3 18
25. Third Training of Trainer (ToT) Programme in Jalore Bhinmal November 21 to 25; 2016 November 21 to 25; 2016 Sarpanch, Ward-panch and Aanganwadi workers 30 8 38
26. Review & Feedback Meeting with Trainers in Jaipur (Handholding Programmes) Jaipur November 27 to 28; 2016 December 06 to 07; 2016 CSR, HSS, Kamala Sharma & water management experts 60 7 67
27. Review & Feedback Meeting Centre for Social Research December 21, 2016 December 21, 2016 CSR, HSS, JCS, SAARD, Kamala Sharma, CEE & water management experts 10 10 20
Total 2369 301 2670

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CONCLUDING REMARKS

This program began with a vision of building understanding of rural Rajasthan community on water conservation and climate change in 2012 such that elected women representatives become confident in addressing the issue of water scarcity at community and personal level. With five years of developing a training module, testing it through pilot trainings, residential training of trainers (TOT’s) and Training of trainings (TOT’s) in a new area in 2016, along with continued support to the trained batch through hand-holdings, it has been observed that elected women representatives  have worked at multiple levels to make this vision a reality. The effective implementation of the activities with full participation of the community proves that the project activities are ratified by the people. So, CSR believes that if such support and appreciation will continue to flow in, then the project will have many more achievements to showcase in the coming years.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hand-Holdings are an effective way of building awareness amongst the community and should be continued.
  • It is important to support the government program in Bhinmal in order to spread awareness amongst larger number of PRI’s & Community members so we are looking forward towards participating and conducting sessions in the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Shivir in Bhinmal.
  • The existing TOT module is effective even for the first time training batch

SUGGESTIONS

  • The 3 Trainings held in Bhinmal were not sufficient as the area demands more of these, in conjunction with gender sensitization trainings. So, it is important to conduct hand-holdings in Bhinmal; Jalore.
  • There is a requirement of expansion of knowledge of the trainers who conducted the Hand –holdings in Abu Road and Jaipur in 2016. For this they should get training on technical part which would empower them to keep a check on the requirements of construction or repairing of a water source.
  • The support of the local partners was immense but there is a requirement of building understanding of submission of accounts for the organizers

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