AguaClara is a multi-disciplinary program at Cornell University dedicated to creating high-reliability, low-cost solutions to global water problems. In India and around the world, AguaClara designs plants that are gravity-powered, electricity-free, and scalable to fit the needs and size of any community. AguaClara’s governance model is based on community ownership, democratic governance, and technology that is specifically designed for ease of operation and to encourage pride in ownership. They build implementation partner capacity and encourage the formation of a network of implementation partners that will share best practices for sustainable implementation.
The BAIF Development Research Foundation is a professionally managed non-profit Public Trust, established by a noted Gandhian, the late Dr. Manibhai Desai in 1967 to promote sustainable livelihood in rural India. BAIF’s vision is to build a self-reliant rural society assured of food security, safe drinking water, good health, gender equity, low child mortality, literacy, high moral values and clean environment. BAIF’s Mission is to create opportunities of gainful self-employment for the rural families, especially disadvantaged sections, ensuring sustainable livelihood, enriched environment, improved quality of life and good human values. This is being achieved through development research, effective use of local resources, extension of appropriate technologies and upgrading skills and capabilities with community participation. BAIF is a non-political, secular and professionally managed organization.
The Delhi School of Economics is a prominent school of economics housed within the University of Delhi, pushing the frontier of development and applied economics research in the country and throughout the world.
Digital Green creates opportunities for knowledge sharing and community engagement for improving lives in rural communities. Village-level mediators, trained by Digital Green and their partners, produce and share videos on locally relevant agronomic, health and livelihood practices to motivate and educate community members. The equipment used for video production and dissemination is low cost, durable and easy to use, and adaptive to diverse environments. A community video production team of four to six individuals in each district creates videos, averaging eight to 10 minutes in length, which are screened for small community groups twice a week using battery-operated pico projectors. A facilitator from the community mediates a discussion around the video screenings by pausing, rewinding, asking questions, and responding to feedback.
ICRISAT is a non-profit and non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in the drylands of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The organization seeks to empower poor people to overcome poverty, hunger, and a degraded environment through better agriculture. ICRISAT is headquartered in Hyderabad, India, with regional hubs in east, west, and southern Africa. It is one of the 15 centers that make up the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR), a consortium advancing international agriculture research.
IFPRI identifies and analyzes national and international policies and strategies for meeting the food needs of the developing world on a sustainable basis, with particular emphasis on low-income countries and on the poorer groups in those countries. IFPRI is headquartered in Washington, DC.
India’s internationally renowned The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (1949) has blossomed from the Baroda College (1881) which is one of the oldest centres of learning in western India.With its multifaceted academic character and infrastructural strength in the form of equipments, laboratories, libraries and other facilities, the University is forging ahead towards creating spaces for interactive structures of knowledge, through mutual collaborations across the divisions of natural sciences and technology, social sciences and humanities, commerce and business studies etc. across national and international boundaries through collaborations and linkages.
MGIMS is India’s first rural medical college committed to pursing profession excellence and providing continual care to underprivileged rural communities.
PRADAN is a non-profit organization that works with India’s poor. Across seven of the poorest states, PRADAN promotes Self-Help Groups, develops locally suitable economic activities, mobilizes finances, and introduces systems to improve livelihoods of the rural poor and sustain their progress.
Sight and Life is a humanitarian nutrition think tank (associated with DSM Nutritional Products Ltd.) that is working toward a world free of malnutrition. They champion the global fight against malnutrition by advancing research, sharing best practices, and mobilizing support.
TISS is a prominent academic institution committed to making contributions to civil society and the development sector through applied research, education, fieldwork, and extension service.
Tata Trusts seek to be catalysts in development through giving grants to institutions in the areas of Natural Resources Management, Rural Livelihoods, Urban Livelihoods & Poverty, Education, Enhancing Civil Society and Governance, Health and Media Arts, Crafts and Culture.