100&Change: 2021

Georgetown University

Harnessing Citizen Participation in Watershed Management for Climate Resiliency

Empowering poor Indian farmers through skillbuilding in watershed development and climate adaptation to mitigate drought, build community resilience, and improve economic security.

Submitted: August 2019
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Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)
Current Work Location(s):
  • State of Mahārāshtra, India
  • State of Odisha, India
  • State of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Madhya Pradesh, India
  • State of Rājasthān, India
  • State of Mahārāshtra, India
  • State of Odisha, India
  • Madhya Pradesh, India
  • State of Karnātaka, India
  • State of Rājasthān, India
Priority Population(s):
  • Adults
  • Low-income people
  • Farmers
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 2. Zero hunger
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 6. Clean water and sanitation
  • 7. Affordable and clean energy
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • 13. Climate action
  • 15. Life on land

Executive Summary

Severe drought impacts large portions of the Indian subcontinent, devastating communities and rendering farmland unusable. The Georgetown University India Initiative (GUII) is partnering with the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) to reduce poverty by empowering farming communities with the skills and knowledge to regenerate the watersheds they depend on, harvest rainwater, and enable sustainable livelihoods. Twenty-first century technologies will enable us to connect with villages and farmers that lie beyond WOTR’s current reach to ensure the development of over 300 micro-watersheds. Rigorous monitoring and evaluation protocols will inform behavioral-change communication strategies to disseminate evidence-backed lessons to millions of farmers desperate for solutions to the water crisis facing India and the world. By enhancing WOTR’s proven capacity to implement participatory watershed management programs, this collaboration can replenish groundwater aquifers, build capacity for water management at the local level, reduce drought-stress on ecosystems and agricultural production, and, quite literally, save lives.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Georgetown University

website: https://www.georgetown.edu
Organization Headquarters
District of Columbia, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
> $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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