Decentralised governance as provided by the 73rd Constitutional Amendment has put the focus on Gram Panchayats as institutions of self-government. This means that Gram Panchayats are responsible to plan and implement numerous central and state government programmes. This includes delivery of safe, adequate drinking water to people and provision of sanitation facilities. However, this has not been matched by investments in building capacities and systems to shoulder these responsibilities.
The project aimed at building capacities of the Gram Panchayat staff in systematic local planning using the Water Use Master Plan (WUMP) approach. It also sought to create community awareness on environmental sanitation and to explain provisions under various government programs and to implement water and sanitation interventions in a transparent manner. Based on the plans prepared, the gram panchayat was also helped to implement some key activities pertaining to water and sanitation.
Intercooperation has been working in India since 1982, as a project management and implementation partner of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC. Intercooperation works with governments, technical and research organisations, NGOs and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) on initiatives in rural livelihoods, climate change and local governance.