Participatory Local Governance

Participatory Local Governance

Samarthan is committed to strengthening local governance institutions by empowering Village Panchayats (elected representatives and functionaries) to fulfill their roles in economic development and social justice. The devolution of functions to local governance encompasses basic services such as drinking water, sanitation, and public health; environmental and livelihood promotion functions like sustainable agriculture, watershed management, and environmental conservation; and ensuring citizens' rights and entitlements provided by the State, such as pensions, scholarships, and social protection measures. Samarthan provides support to local governance institutions at various tiers—village, block, and district. Vibrant and effective Gram Sabhas (village councils) are achievable through the strengthening of capacities among youth groups, women's self-help groups, and other forms of Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

Participatory Local Governance - Ongoing Projects

S.No. Project Title Duration Donors
1 Address poverty, social discrimination, and quality of life of the poor and socially disadvantaged sections by strengthening local democracy and institutions of local governance for attaining context-specific ‘economic development and social justice. 2024-2026 Azim Premji Foundation
2 Upscaling WASH System Strengthening in Developing and Fragile Context to Achieve SDG 6- Clean Water and Sanitation April 2021- April 2025 WHH-Deutsche (Welthungerhilfe- Germany)
3 Strengthening local governance for multi-dimensional change Jan 2017- March 2024 Transform Rural India Foundation
4 Resilient health system and Communities for addressing COVID-19 Pandemic Jul 2021- June 2023 MacArthur Foundation
5 Citizen Centric Monitoring of MGNREGS to Combat Impact of COVID Disaster on Women and Children in Rural Areas in MP, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal states of India September 2018 to March 2023 Transform Rural India Foundation

Participatory Local Governance - Completed Projects

S.No. Project Title Duration Donors
1 Reducing Gender Based Violence: Response to mitigate COVID-19 Crisis in MP May 2020 to December 2021 UNFPA
2 Addressing the Challenge of Returnee Migrants and Preventive Measures for the COVID-19 in Rural MP and Chhattisgarh April 2020 - April 2021 CAF INDIA
3 Response to Mitigate Migration, Create Awareness and Access to Social Protection in Chhattisgarh May 2020 to September 2021 UNDP