Seva Mandir helps communities build Funds for local development. These funds being a financial resource also provide a reason for communities to come together, deliberate and make decisions.
Seva Mandir's Village Development Fund, focuses on needs of resource poor, marginalized, peasant communities dependent on rain-fed agriculture in an inhospitable terrain. Working with 541 villages and nearly 50,000 People, the project provides a common agenda for development and ups the stake of these villagers in making projects in their villages successful, since they are contributors and beneficiaries, both individually and collectively.
Formation of village development funds & village institutions (membership drives, election process), regular meetings at the village level & various trainings (linking with government, managing local resources, principles of participatory processes.
Communities will become more self-reliant and capable of managing their own resources and development in an inclusive and responsible manner. They will also be able to collaborate and negotiate with other development actors to solve their problems.
"As the GVK programme has expanded, new challenges have emerged. It is imperative that we strengthen and institutionalise norms of good usage and democratic decision-making" - Mohd. Yakub Khan, Incharge-Gram Vikas Kosh Program
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,309
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $294,690
Total Funding Goal: $300,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).