People’s Organisations: Partners in Sustainable Growth

Meena Gokhale, Arvind Patel


The planned efforts of development, that focus on public private partnership where the government agencies collaborate with civil society organizations are executed in the project mode. The large investments in area development and human development sectors initiated during the project can be sustained in long run, provided the project create spaces for participation through formation and promotion of grass root level organizations as well. When the chain of partnership in development is extended up to community Based Organisations, that includes the women, tribal and small / marginal farmers it ensures sustainable growth.

Although there are various attempts of forming such groups, the numbers of good models that continue to operate on long run and bring the tribal marginal farmers, who were earlier living at subsistence level in the mainstream of development process are limited.

The case study of Devpasli Mandli is one such example that has sustained the process of development in post project phase. This is being achieved through providing services that member value most such as - accessibility to timely and quality inputs that lead to agriculture production enhancement, developed linkages with market, operates as a link between government and people and ensures that the subsidy and other benefit of schemes reaches to tribal. It has also created a cadre of tribal men and women who actively manage the cooperative and other CBOs. All this has lead to a cumulative effect on directly and indirectly increasing net income of members and overall development of area.

Key Words: Sustainable development, community based Organisation, mainstreaming of tribal families

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