February 26, 2005

2005: Highlight # 26

Success in watershed development has been rare, especially at scale. Sharma and others survey evidence from exceptional watershed success from across the country to draw policy lessons...

Scaling Up Without Losing Quality and Impact

Lessons from Outstanding Watershed Programs in India

Amrita Sharma, Archana Purohit, Kanhei Lal Dandsena and V. Madhu

One of the biggest challenges facing watershed development in India is the choice of a proper institutional arrangement.

Government departments, by and large, have proved ineffective in implementation of such schemes. Alternatively, the NGOs have been struggling with limited reach and impact.

There are, however, some examples of large scale successes in watershed management. The paper looks at four such cases-Bharat Agro Industries Foundation (BAIF), Mysore Resettlement and Development Agency (MYRADA), Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) and Rajiv Gandhi Mission for Watershed Management (RGMWM), exploring strategies adopted for sustainable scaling up of watershed programs.

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