Sunday, 21 October 2012

Felicitations to Dr. Jane Schukoske! Great job!

'Hitch your wagon to a star'

Women-led Water Management: Trendsetters in village Marora

Water has gender dimensions. Women and men derive different benefits from its availability, use and management. Although women literally carry water, they are often left out of the decision making process about community water management. Mewat's water scarcity is well-known to the government and organizations working in the area. In an area where women are often confined to four walls of the house, the recently formed women-led water committee in village Marora, just 2 kms away from the district headquarters Nuh, lifts the spirits and capacity of the community. It has a very interesting genesis.

Promoting knowledge of rural development is a high priority of the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD), an initative of the S. M. Sehgal Foundation to further the well-being of rural communities in India. This issue of IRRAD Connect features consultations, collaborations and conferences that bring together partners, government and others interested in the development sector.  The purpose is to share best practices, identify and solve problems and support good policy recommendations to accelerate the meeting of basic needs. Our themes are water management and sanitation, citizen participation in governance, and agricultural income enhancement. 

IRRAD collaborates with partners from all sectors on demonstrating tested models, and providing technical advice and training.  Please visit our website (, blog ( and social media sites. Let us know what interests you.

If you would like to explore ways to join hands with us, please write me at

Jane Schukoske
Chief Executive Officer, IRRAD

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