Vadvai: Capacity Building Initiative-Gujarat,Madhya Pradesh- CSR Projects India

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Vadvai: Capacity Building Initiative


Organization : Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India


Location : Gujarat,Madhya Pradesh


Project Description


Vadvai is the Knowledge resource and services unit. It has gone beyond the selected geographical project areas of AKRSP(I) and is continuously striving towards fulfilling its stated vision through various capacity building programmes, direct field support and advisory services. The initiative is called Vadvai as it draws inspiration from the Banyan tree which spreads its roots around a strong hove.

Vision:  To facilitate wider outreach of the demonstrated community based approaches for livelihood enhancement by disseminating its grassroots learning at the local, state and national level

With the objectives of:

  • Enabling organisations for effective and better implementation of programs by incorporating grassroots learning (of AKRSP (India))
  • Disseminating lessons learnt through field demonstrations
  • Building capacities and providing handholding support to other development organisations
  • Influencing government policy through advisory services and capacity building  

Enabling the Tribal Youth

Certificate Course in Development Management (CCDM):

The Curriculum has been designed to enable the tribal youths to work as change agents for their own communities. Right from the conceptualisation of the project, it was envisaged that Certificate Course in Development Management (CCDM) would be a programme to meet the requirements of a grassroots development professionals. Emphasis has been put on both classroom learning and field exposure.

The module consists of:

Understanding Development, Project Management, Financial Management, Natural Resource Management and Livelihood, Understanding Tribal Society with special reference to MP and Gujarat tribal culture, Digital Literacy, Life Skills and Functional English.

AKRSP(I) has a pool of experienced staff with accumulated knowledge of rural development including tribal development programme. They are utilized to enrich the learning experience. Community leaders are engaged to enrich the learning of the students. 29 tribal youths with over 50% female participants joined this course. Most of the participants have already been placed in different reputed development agencies and working for the betterment of the society.

BRLF for Certificate Programme in Rural Livelihoods (CPRL)

Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF) has launched its ambitious programme named Certificate Programme in Rural Livelihoods (CPRL). It is a multi-thematic multi-centre course for tribal youth. Vadvai was given the responsibility of conducting modules of Watershed Management, Participatory Drinking Water Management and Participatory Irrigation Management. First batch of CPRL successfully got trained in these modules at our Campus. Facilitator Manual and Student Manual were also developed in-house for these modules. The feedback of the CPRL participants has been positive and encouraging.


Project Type : CSR


Project Donors and Partners

Samarthan, Sadguru Foundation, BAIF, Deepak Foundation, QUEST Alliance, Tata Power, Reliance Foundation, Gujarat Rural Development Department

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