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Partial Link: 19/8/2018   Update: 2/8/2006

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Extensive database e.g. 1 sustainable agriculture India e.g.2 sustainable development
NGOs Portal India
Resources, Database Information Project on India NGOs POs GOs, funding worldwide.
WorldWide Web Virtual Library
Universite Libre de Bruxelles - Excellent on sustainable development
Partnerships for Sustainable Development CSD Partnerships Database UN DESA.Provides practical information on partnerships. SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2018 Implementing the Goals Country Profiles Edition ProPoor info, resources news on development work in South Asia. Large database source

Index India
Partnerships towards development sustainability
Development Rural Projects Receiving Funding
Examples of Investments In Rural India
International Help
Sites providing extensive lists of links to funding agencies
Micro Development
NGOs In Support of Development, Fund Raising
BLOGS On Development
Training Programs Community-based Development
How to Find Funding
For Consideration

Partnerships towards development and sustainability
An Example Of Partnership:
"WFP assisted a self-help group in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, by forming a women's cooperative to produce the nutritional supplement Indiamix. WFP, through Dutch Quality Improvement Fund, provided resources for machinery and equipment. Land was provided by the district administration. KRIBHCO facilitated the flow of technical assistance and organized visits for the women to other similar ventures managed by women. A private sector producer of Indiamix gave hands-on training. The district government provided wheat at subsidized rates and WFP came up with the initial working capital for raw materials."
See United Nations partnering India in reaching the Millennium Development Goals for other examples of partnership to reach Millenium Goals:
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger,
Achieve universal primary education,
Promote gender equality and empower women,
Reduce child mortality,
Improve maternal health,
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases,
Ensure environmental sustainability,
Develop a Global Partnership For Development

  • Partnerships Central Many partnerships which can be used as models. Partnerships in the following areas: Water and sanitation, energy, biodiversity, health, agriculture, oceans and fisheries, ICT, education , finance, mobility, poverty reduction, minerals and mining. Initiative grew of the "World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. Provides: Permanent forum, central hub, spread lessons learned, facilitate dialogue, link partnership achievements to government commitments, improve efficiency and transparency donors and implementers, facilitate creation of new partnerships.
    Indian partnership in agriculture To combat a decline in native plant varieties, tribal communities of the Jeypore Tract are involved in plant breeding, compilation of biodiversity registers, and development of community seed and grain banks." Main partners: DANIDA-NGO. UNDP-IGO. Fishery Department-Government. MS Swaminathan Research Foundation-NGO. Fixed Duration Projects: The Fund ties up with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in India and supports projects that are typically up to a year duration. Examples of such projects are health camps, family planning camps, link roads, and other infrastructure projects.
  • Sustainable delivering UK sustainable development together.
  • BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development) the United Kingdom's broadest network of voluntary organisations working in international development. In search, input 'India' to find groups with projects and funding. Also check out major donors list page.
  • AiDA Accessible Information on Development Activities AiDA contains 3862 unique records for activities (Only Active) regarding India. Major listing of activities by type and by funding agency. If this page not available, go to main regional page at country list
  • GVEP Global Village Energy Partnership - Finance Facilitation GVEP is providing support to entrepreneurs in business planning and operations, supporting the development of training programs for bankers, micro finance institutions and others to increase their awareness of clean energy projects, their risks and rewards, links partners to a range of financing sources worldwide, supporting the design of risk mitigation instruments in a number of countries, working with multilateral donors, bilateral donors, investors, foundations, private firms and others to increase financing and technical assistance services for its partners.
  • Partnerships for Sustainable Development - CSD Partnerships Database Un Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development. Searchable by title, geographical scope, lead partner, simple search. set up 2004 and updated 2006

    Development Projects Rural India Receiving Funding

  • The Village Education and Development Society (VEDS) nonprofit (India) Kerala, and in the Vellore District and Tiruvannamalai District in the northern part of Tamilnadu. "Facilitates the implementation of village-based sustainable development projects..."
    "OBJECTIVES: To alleviate poverty in and around Tamil Nadu through the implementation of sustainable development programs.
    To construct good hygienic houses and sanitation facilities.
    To form village level communities
    To educate rural women and to promote public health through training and education on preventive and curative measures of health problems.
    To facilitate implementation of sustainable development programs in the field of agriculture, animal husbandry, watershed management and micro-enterprises.
    To improve the quality of drinking water by constructing wells and water harvesting projects.
    To develop gender equality and women's leadership.
    To provide necessities of life to victims of disasters.
    To cultivate love and caring for one another regardless of caste or creed."
  • Village Earth The mission of Village Earth is to achieve sustainable community-based development by connecting communities with global resources through training, consulting, and networking with organizations worldwide. "Consortium for Sustainable Village-Based Development (CSVBD) and gave it the mandate to implement and train others in the strategies discussed during the conference. Since its inception Village Earth has trained and consulted with hundreds of individuals and organizations in countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Bosnia, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mexico, Columbia, and elsewhere."
    Examples of projects worldwide
    One example: Village Earth working in the rural area surrounding Nashik, which consists of 12 villages with around 2000 people each.
  • Myrada "MYRADA is a Non Governmental Organisation managing rural development programmes in 3 States of South India and providing on-going support including deputations of staff to programmes in 6 other States."
  • The Sattva Alliance For Sustainable Development "...established by a group of development professionals inspired by the spiritual teaching of India's ancient Vaishnava culture as presented by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (ISKCON) , We have actively led the development of NGOs (Non Government Organizations) working for sustainable development in village India." "Current and planned projects include: Micro-finance, Micro-enterprise, Sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry, Village health, Primary and early childhood education, Supplemental nutrition, Appropriate technology " Initial partners: Food for Life - Vrindavan, Mathura, U.P., Venu Madhuri, Kholapur, Maharastra. Sri Mayapur Vikas Sangha, Mayapur, West Bengal
  • India Development Service (IDS) " a nonprofit, non-political, and secular organization supporting economic and social development in India. Dedicated to the effort to empower the disenfranchised, the major activities of IDS are: Project Support, Education, Publication". source: Sawnet

    Investments In Rural India

  • Aavishkaar: An innovator in early-stage investing "The name of our organization - Aavishkaar -means 'invention' in Hindi. Founded in 2001, with a vision to catalyse development in India's underserved regions, it identifies capable entrepreneurs, provides them with capital, supplements it with a nurturing environment and helps build sustainable enterprises." Earlier quote "...a venture fund founded to promote development in rural and semi-urban India. Aavishkaar believes entrepreneurs can be a powerful force for development. To this end, the firm provides micro-equity funding (Rs. 10 lacs to Rs. 50 lacs, approximately USD $20 thousand to USD $100 thousand) and operational and strategic support to commercially viable companies increasing income in or providing goods and services to rural or semi-urban India."
    Investment focus: "Aavishkaar invests in small enterprises that increase income in or provide necessary goods and services to rural or semi-urban India. The enterprises must be commercially viable, environmentally friendly, and socially conscious."
  • Syndicate Bank venture fund for rural projects "The fund, the officials said, was targeting a return of at least 15 per cent in its assistance for investments in such venture. The bank has also taken up a project for promoting 2,000 self-help groups, they said in association with the Sree Kshetra Darmasthala Rural Development Project. The group formed under the project would be given financial assistance of about Rs 20 crore by Syndicate Bank over a three- year time frame for taking up income generating activities. The project was intended to bring over 8,000 hectares of land under sustainable cultivation through training and capacity building of over 9,600 small and marginal farmers. In addition, the bank has also agreed to extend loans at concessional rates of interest to these self-help groups."
  • Sri Kshetra Dharmashtala Rural Development Project "...self-help groups (SHGs) can bring about a revolution in rural development and facilitate better farming practices."
    "The Sri Kshetra Dharmashtala Rural Development Project teaches farmers to take up short-term and long-term crops. When farmers have small land holdings, the Sri Kshetra Dharmashtala Rural Development Project motivates them to grow jasmine and vegetables. It also encourages them to take up dairy farming."
  • BAPS Care provide over 160 humanitarian services in a variety of fields: Health, Education, the Environment, Community, Tribal, and Disaster Relief. In summary, these services encompass: building and managing permanent institutes, funding projects, executing ongoing programs, creating public awareness, enhancing current facilities, mobilizing resources to sustain ongoing services
  • Concern India Foundation Concern India Foundation supports grassroots level NGOs. "For an NGO, the most valuable asset is its commitment to a cause. What it often lacks are funds and professional expertise. With neither of these, NGOs are severely crippled in carrying on their core activities i.e. providing education, health facilities, vocational training and shelter to the needy. Concern India Foundation's primary activity is to provide them with this essential support." "believes the disadvantaged need opportunities not charity and provides financial and non-financial support to development-oriented organizations working at the grassroots level to bring about positive change." Core areas: Education and vocational training, community development, health, environment Reaches out to: Destitute and/or Orphaned children, Deserted and/or Abused women, Tribals, The Disabled
  • AOFG India Agriculture and Organic Farming Group. "AOFG-India is a network of farmers federations and grassroots development organisations. We work with small farmers and indigenous communities." Current projects are: 1. Training of Agriculture Graduates in Organic Farming. 2. Organic Agriculture in Rural Development (OARD). 30 NGOs involved in promotion of organic agriculture in rural development. 3. UNCCD-NAP Project. 30 Networked NGOs involved in the promotion of National Action Program to Combat Desertification under UNCCD. 4. AOFG India Regional Group Project. Promotion of women organization and empowerment through Self Help Groups (SHGs) on conservation and rainforest management as one of the focal areas. Organic Cotton Project. Promoting of organic cotton project in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

    International Help

  • IFAD in India Agricultural Fund for Agricultural Development, financing management and development projects. Projects and Programs
  • World Bank Small Grants Program "...supports activities of civil society organizations whose primary objective is civic engagement of the poor and marginalized populations..., the Small Grants Program helps facilitate ownership of development initiatives by a broader sector of society." "...the program is administered through the Country Offices. NGOs and other civil society organizations who are interested in participating in the Program should contact local World Bank Country Office
  • Compendium of Donor Assisted Projects In the Environment Sector In India Donor database of environment related activities. Contains a listing of donor agencies.
  • AID Boston 2003 Projects Summary AID Boston has committed $15,000 in 2002-2003 towards this end and is actively involved with 3 Blocks: Koderma (Jharkhand) and Purnia(Bihar) and Tirmangalum(Tamil Nadu).
  • India Partners "India Partners is a U.S. Christian development and relief organization committed to supporting self-help ministry projects in India. We believe in helping the people of India help themselves, with God's grace. Our partner organizations in India serve all regardless of caste, religion, gender, or creed." "India Partners helps through development assistance, training local leaders, disaster relief, and education. India Partners also coordinates short-term teams." Source: Sholay.Com
  • International Development Enterprises (IDE) (INDIA) Donors worldwide, examples of projects: Treadle Pump, ADITI (affordable drip irrigation technologies), Business Development Service (BDS) Program, Integrating Poor into Market Systems (IPMAS), Crop Post Harvest Programme
  • Government of India Ministry of Finance Details of the development cooperation programme with individual partners: European Commission,Germany, UK Other Development Partners : Countries like Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, have provided limited assistance for selected projects. Some of the identified sectors for these countries are natural resource management, pollution control, environment, watershed development, health, agriculture, water and sanitation. Data relating to disbursement of bilateral development cooperation assistance is available at India Ministry of Finance
  • DANISH DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION - Health, agriculture, water and sanitation, environment and renewable energy, mixed credits Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Embassy of Denmark, New Delhi The development assistance programme focuses on many cross cutting issues, e.g. sustainable development, involvement of community, catalysing gender equity (read more here), poverty reduction and encouraging involvement of hitherto disadvantaged sections of the society. Current states of assistance include Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and the newly created state of Chhattisgarh (following the division of Madhya Pradesh). IndiaRural Development Fund Established in the U.S. by non-resident Indians (NRI's). "Fixed Duration Projects: The Fund ties up with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in India and supports projects that are typically up to a year duration. Examples of such projects are health camps, family planning camps, link roads, and other infrastructure projects. Permanent Institution Projects: In these projects the Fund helps NGOs that are interested in establishing new rural schools, adult education centers including vocational training, and health centers. The Fund not only finances these projects, but also tries to identify property donors in India."
  • SOLIDARITE International HQ France searches for "...pioneering and innovative requests, or pilot schemes which could give an answer for an alternative post-development and lead in the long term to a sustainable programme of activity." "* Helping «power take-over» from below and women and men to regain control over their own lives. * Diversification of agricultural production to promote nutritional independence and environmental conservation. * Creation of small scale industries putting local resources to use. * Development of diversified secondary activities, (craft, manufacture of tools and simple machines) requiring manpower. * Promoting autonomous commercial channels. * Promoting integrated medical and sanitary systems based on local resources. * Research and putting to use of the more appropriate traditional medicine and popular remedies. * Whatever the undertaking, SOLIDARITE is committed to use both practical know-how and training to their best advantage."
  • Aga Khan Development Network Rural Development Activities in India. Areas: Socio-Economic Factors Affecting Rural Livelihoods, Promoting Self Reliance, Skills Development, Creating Rural Assets, Benefits and Impact on Quality of Life, Sustainability and Partnerships, Rural Development Partners, Livelihood Promotion "The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic development. It is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender."
    One example is the Innovation Fund which "...will provide small grants to non-government organisations (NGOs) registered for at least three years under the Societies Act or the Trust Act in India {and with a Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) account) to support} the implementation of innovative ideas through village federations, community groups, self help groups and public agencies. The Innovation Fund will be used to contract services from universities, research institutions, consulting companies and qualified individuals for improved data collection, analysis and documentation. The services would be contracted either by an NGO as set out above or by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)."
  • The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme "supports activities of non-governmental and community-based organizations in developing countries towards climate change abatement, conservation of biodiversity, protection of international waters, reduction of the impact of persistent organic pollutants and prevention of land degradation while generating sustainable livelihoods." National Coordinators The National Coordinator, working with the NSC, reaches out to the NGO community and CBOs to inform them of availability of grants, and receives and screens proposals and together with National Steering Committee monitors and evaluates progress. "SGP complements the large and medium-sized GEF project funding by providing a window for the direct participation of NGOs, local communities, and other grassroots organizations... Grants are made directly to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries in recognition of the key role they play as a resource and constituency for environment and development concerns. The maximum grant amount per project is US$50,000, but averages around US$20,000. Grants are channeled directly to CBOs and NGOs." Eligibility Quiz
  • Eco Business links - Sustainable Development Carefully selected and helpful list of projects and funding for sustainable development.
  • Overview and focus on Funding UNFPA United Nations Population Fund Linking Enviornment, women and population promoting reproductive health saving women's lives
  • Focus Areas For Social Funds "The World Bank Social Funds Team is committed to fostering innovation and heightening the impact of social fund investments, to improve the well-being of poor and vulnerable groups served by these programs." Examples of Indian projects 2005-6
  • Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grant program of the World Bank that funds innovative, small-scale development projects that deliver results and show potential to be expanded or replicated.
  • Case Studies: Doing it for themselves: women's group turns pond into profit Stitching together a better future Funding through the Department for International Development (DFID) UK Government.
    See Funding Schemes for overall view. DFID operates a number of different funding schemes to promote sustainable development and eliminate poverty. Details of DFID's funding schemes

    NGOs In Support of Development, Fund Raising

  • Give2Asia "Give2Asia, a U.S. non-profit organization established by The Asia Foundation, increases the quality and quantity of charitable investments in Asia by providing personalized services to donors and non-profit organizations. Give2Asia gives individuals, families, corporations, and foundations the tools to fulfill their charitable goals in Asia." Map of countries with links to projects supported
  • Action Village India (AVI) U.K. Fund providing funding through a number of partners:
    Lakshmi Ashram is a women's community and school in Uttaranchal.
    Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK) (runs a community action network in Bihar, which brings over 200 small grassroots groups together for joint programmes and training.
    Ekta Parishad works in six states in northern India and Tamil Nadu on land issues, especially for tribal communities. AVI will be supporting its programme in Orissa from October 2002.
    In Kerala, through the Kerala Gandhi Smarak Nidhi (KGSN), AVI supports an organic 'balanced farming' project.
    ASSEFA, one of India's largest NGOs works in six states. AVI supports the Lathur East integrated development project, which covers 25 villages near Chennai (formerly Madras) in Tamil Nadu.
    CRUSADE, is a women's development project covering 75 villages, again near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu.
  • InfraSys...Investing in rural India... for a change "Eco-Management Private Limited, Bangalore. Small number of projects.
  • Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) is a global network of individuals and non-governmental organizations, committed to sustainable development. LEAD is an independent, not-for-profit organization, established in 1991 by The Rockefeller Foundation. "LEAD’s mission is to create, strengthen and support networks of people and institutions promoting change towards sustainable development – development that is economically sound, environmentally responsible and socially equitable." Map of membership offices
  • ASSEFA (The Association for Sarva Seva Farms)
    The organisation now works with over 325,000 families in 13 districts in Tamil Nadu and in 6 other states, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar. Objectives: ASSEFA's objectives are to 'improve the economic social and cultural status of rural communities and enhance their skills and self-management capacity. It also wants the rural communities to unite without any kind of discrimination and work for the upliftment of the social, cultural and economic life of all, and establish self-sufficient, self-reliant and self-managed communities based on the principles of freedom, economic equality and social justice."
  • Web Portal India NGOs Online NGO Resources, Database and Information Project. Info on NGOs, POs, GOs in India, list of funding agencies worldwide. Extensive alphabetical listing and links
  • Association for India's Development, Inc. (AID) "...[A] voluntary non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development in India, by working with grassroots organizations and movements in India. AID supports and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women's empowerment and social justice." Some projects: Pedal Power Generator, Bilgaon Micro-Hydro Project, Solar Cooker, children's libraries, sanitation projects, Srikakulam Savings Groups, Entrepreneurship with Rural Poor..." Has supported over 360 projects. Also see evaluation
  • Acumen Fund is a global non-profit venture fund serving the four billion people living on less than $4 a day. Our aim is to create a blueprint for building financially sustainable and scalable organizations that deliver affordable, critical goods and services that elevate the lives of the poor. We adhere to a disciplined process in selecting and managing our philanthropic investments as well as in measuring the end results.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Foundation "The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation aims to work in areas which were of deepest concern to Rajiv Gandhi and to act as a catalyst in promoting effective, practical and sustainable programmes in areas of national development." Guidelines For Project Collaboration Areas of intervention: Literacy, Women & Child, Disabled Person Welfare, Health, Science & Technology Source: Sholay.Com

    LISTS of Foundations and NGOs providing funding for projects

  • The World Wide Web Virtual Library - SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Most complete related to subject area of sustainable development
  • Center for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment located at Universite Libre de Bruxelles "The Centre conducts multidisciplinary studies on different aspects of environmental policies and strategies in the context of sustainable development."
  • AIF Service Corps Projects and NGO Partners American India Foundations list of programs, NGOs and foundations funding rural and urban education, self reliance, and development in different ways. List some 30 or more NGOs.
  • Both Ends A major resource for funding leads. See the Resources Page - Resources on Donors and Funding Opportunities (Donor Newsletters on funding opportunities in the field of development and environment) with descriptions of some 30 organizations worldwide providing assistance in the area, and Resources on fund-raising. Also see Both Ends below under 'Organizations Performing Support Functions'.
  • Ford Foundation Funding List Gives the names of a number of NGOs, educational institutions receiving grants from the Foundation. Some 43 grants to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
  • GlobalGiving Lists and descriptions of the many and various corporate/institutional partners, project partners, and funding partners involving funds and philanthropic organizations cooperating with GlobalGiving.
  • Direct Project Giving by Global Giving - a direct donor to project way of giving which has helped in many areas of the world. How it works: " is an online marketplace for international giving. Potential donors can browse and select from a wide offering of projects, organized by geography or by themes such as health care, the environment, and education. Once a donor chooses a project, he/she can contribute any amount, using a credit/debit card, check, PayPal, or stock transfer. Gift registries can be set up for special events, and donors can "give" any project as a gift. These contributions directly support the entrepreneurial work of project leaders throughout the world, who are bringing innovative, empowering solutions to challenging social problems at the local community level." Projects are identified by project partners
  • Sawnet Charities listing of a number of charities focused on development of different kinds plus others.
  • Silicon India "siliconindia online attracts over 50,000 unique visitors every day. A very high proportion of them are high-income earners who are willing to contribute to non-profit organizations working with Indians in the U.S. or in India. This is our attempt to bridge the gap between potential donors and charities who are looking for donors and volunteers. South Asian community organizations can make use of this platform to present the work they are doing."
  • Charity Village
    International Relief Development Peace Canadian Orgs French English Especially see Extensive Funding Sources
  • SocialEdge Resource Index - FUNDING Many resources including a number of foundations supporting entrepreneurship in sustainable development including: Draper Richards Foundation, Fondazione Dynamo, Global Greengrants Fund, Lemelson Foundation, Skoll Foundation
  • International organisations and development agencies working with South Asia Extensive list of International, National and NGOs working with development. by the Swedish South Asian Studies Network with related web page: Swedish developmental organisations working with South Asia

    Micro Development

  • Bandhan - A sustainable development approach for poverty alleviation and women empowerment Micro Financing "Bandhan was set up in the year 2001 to meet the cardinal goals of poverty alleviation and women empowerment. There is an entire suite of development programs which are aimed at bringing about holistic transformation in the underprivileged community."
  • Article on Micro Financing "The Hidden Wealth of the Poor' discusses the pluses and minuses of microfinance.
  • Microfinance rated Enterweb - The Enterprise Development Website contains links to microfinance groups, sites, development portals, summits, resources and evaluation. Overall useful although only 2 references to India.

    Organizations Performing Support Functions

  • Both Ends "Both ENDS supports the work of environmental organisations, primarily in the so-called South (developing countries) and the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. We support organisations through information, research, advocacy, campaigning, networking and capacity-building." "...Both ENDS produces funding guides, research and lobby documents, support campaigns and help build coalitions. The Service & Resources section offers basic information packs and information newsletters on environmental topics, helps fund-seeking organisations in locating donors through donor newsletters and fact-sheets on fund-raising, and assists in identifying the right expertise or partner by one-to-one assistance. The links section guides you through the labyrinth of environment sites around the world."
  • Towards effective national forest funds PDF - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • The Resource Alliance an international network working to build the capacity of not-for-profit organisations to mobilise funds and local resources for their causes. We achieve this through training, knowledge sharing and networking activities worldwide. The Resource Alliance is a UK registered charity and has 501c3 status in the US. Site has "...resource mobilisation techniques, latest news, case studies, useful contacts and links, fundraising training through conferences and workshops around the world." "...The Resource Alliance in partnership with The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation have launched the India NGO Award - a new initiative aimed at advancing India's non-profit sector by promoting financial and organisational stability, and strengthening community support of civil society."

    BLOGS on development

  • TECH TALK: Transforming Rural India Rajesh Jain's Weblog on Emerging Technologies, Enterprises and Markets.
  • Malapati Raja Sekhar: Of interest to entrepreneurs in rural India
  • Acumen Fund Blog Entrepreneurial Solutions to Global Poverty. Very active.
    Training Programs in Community-based Development
  • The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) provides innovative training courses to organizations and individuals who work with village residents to achieve a plan for sustainable community-based development. Training Programs in Community-based Development hosted by Colorado State University
  • Guidelines for intensifying training related activities in strengthening/Establishment of State Centres for training in Rural Development and Strengthening/Establishment of Extension Training Centres. Government of India Ministry of Rural Areas & Employment
    How to Find Funding
  • Social Edge Resource Index - Grants Many resources including discussions and advice on application for grants, how to find gifts, funding research: Developing Funding Proposals, Guide to Funding Research, How to Solicit Major Gifts, Securing Corporate Sponsors, How to get Online Donations, How to Write a Business Plan for a Micro Enterprise Program, Raising Significant Capital through a Network of Volunteers
  • Grants and Related Resources Found through
    For Consideration
  • Community Sustainability Environmental Improvement Zones. International Institute For Sustainable Development "An "EIZ" Plan is an action plan to improve the environment within a neighbourhood, by asking the residents to identify their concerns, to fill in their information gaps and to put in place mechanisms to collectively address environmental issues. The plan is developed in partnership by all parts of the neighbourhood, including, but not limited to, the residents, special interest groups, local government, local industry and other agencies. The objective is to improve and sustain the local environment for everyone, through collective action."
  • Ashoka Change Makers "The Solutions Mosaic. Market-Based Strategies that Benefit Low-Income Communities 1 Examples from Citizen-Sector Organizations and Businesses Around the World."
  • SDdimensions United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Discussion of "SUSTAINABLE RURAL DEVELOPMENT: PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES: Access to Land, Natural Resources, Inputs, Markets and Services"
  • Maps of India
  • Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Development in Rural India Padma Rajagopal Tribute. Discussing the benefits of the Green Revolution.
  • [IR]Donor Developing Country Dialogues on National Strategies for Sustainable Development
  • Auroville - Background "...a collective experiment dedicated to human unity and international understanding." "Today its inhabitants number around 2000 people, drawn from some thirty countries. They live in 100 settlements of varying size, separated by village and temple lands and surrounded by Tamil villages with a total population of over 35,000 people. Their activities are multifarious, and include afforestation, organic agriculture, educational research, health care, village development, appropriate technology, and building construction, information technology, small and medium scale businesses, town planning, water table management, cultural activities and community services." List of Funding Agencies
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