Savaraj’s interventions on integrated water management at Dodaballarpur began in the latter part of the year 2008. The action research and evidence based advocacy approach of the IUWRM initiative focused on demonstrating an “ Integrated water and sanitation (Watsan)” initiative anchored in stakeholder community participation-that is scalable and replicable within Dodaballarpur and across similar towns and cities.
The hydro geological study of the Dodaballarpur urban watershed, was an important element of this measured advocacy strategy, nuanced continuously to the evolving challenges on ground and stakeholder participation.
SVARAj is a national voluntary organisation working for the last 35 years on environmental protection & regeneration and fighting poverty & injustices. SVARAJ implements community programmes directly while also supporting grassroots NGOs through small grants.
The thematic areas of SVARAJ’s work are water and sanitation, livelihood security, climate change coping and adaptation and empowering women/communities to lead their development. The organisation works in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan and Gujarat.