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Welcome to Kutch Nav Nirman ABHIYAN!

Kachchh Nav Nirman Abhiyan, better known as Abhiyan, is a collective of Kachchh based development organizations with a strong local presence. The objective of the network is to synergize human knowledge, physical & financial resources to collaborate towards a Kachchh which is governed by community initiatives.

network encourages self help development, especially with marginalized sections, integrates traditional wisdom with new technologies and innovates and balances issues of human rights with human responsibilities

Organization Details

Emergence of Abhiyan

The wide geographical expanses of the Kutch District coupled with the harsh living conditions gave birth to varied community groups and self-help groups who started working towards improving the livelihood of the people in general. Over a period of time, these groups were formalised as Community Based Development Platforms (locally known as Non-Governmental Organizations or NGOs in short). However, different priorities and competencies of these NGOs created uneven development and exclusion zones in the District. This was reminiscent in the June 1998 cyclone when the immediate relief operations were either duplicated or missed by lack of coordination among the governmental and other agencies and due to gaps in implementation processes. These prompted the NGOs to come forward to provide support to the affected people under a common umbrella, which drew synergies from each other’s competencies.

Thus, started a collective effort of various organizations towards rehabilitation of the affected people. 22 local organizations came together, and started working as a group. The group thus formed came to be known as - Kutch Sankat Ane Punarvasvat Abhiyan, which had a common goal of working for the rehabilitation of the cyclone affected people. This practice enabled the NGOs to build capacity and gain confidence to perform as a collective, even in totally unexpected disaster situations. Consequently it was realized that NGOs need a common platform to share the developmental efforts. Thus, Kutch Sankat Ane Punarvasvat Abhiyan was renamed as Kutch Nav Nirman Abhiyan (in short Abhiyan) to work as a supporting & networking organization to voluntary organizations of Kutch, on the issues, which are of common interest.

Abhiyan Belives in

The network’s core belief is inculcating self- rehabilitation of the individual communities and given the drought prone nature of Kutch district, is constantly ensuring that local capacities are built and the resources maximized to avoid dependency. Abhiyan is committed to leveraging available resources to catalyze development and further strengthen the innate force of the community.

Abhiyan today

As of today, the network has grown into a caucus of 38 rural development organizations. Collectively, the member organizations of Abhiyan cover more than 650 villages in the district through their work in various sectors – such as natural resource management, watershed management, micro-credit, handicraft work with artisans, health, drought management, etc.

Not implementing the projects directly, Abhiyan plays a background role by initiating activities like training rural youth of the district, in rural development & social work management, developing a data bank of Kutch including detailed socio-economic, political and ecological database of each village and policy advocacy within the district and state focusing on Primary education, drinking water management and disaster management.

As a District Network

The organizations forming the network belong to varied backgrounds having specific agenda and geographical priorities. This network forms a strong collective of multi-speciality groups alongwith the technical, voluntary and professional expertise working in tandem towards a common goal. This common platform enables the partners to share their developmental efforts in sectors like education, natural resources and disaster management, and work as a network that could influence policies. As a network, Abhiyan respects the inherent strengths of its member organisations and optimizes its efficiency while working on the developmental agenda in and out of Kutch.

Incubating innovations

Abhiyan has been a platform to incubate innovations, and new initiatives focusing developmental issues. This is the core impulse which has allowed Abhiyan to draw out the potential of its member organisations. Irrespective of the range of developmental responses that Abhiyan has been involved with – and which have been at various periods supported by different partners – Abhiyan continued playing its fundamental role – of incubating community led innovation and initiatives. However, after a period of support and continuous nurturing, Abhiyan has always believed in curving out scopes to further mature and grow independently. This is how Hunnarshala and Khamir have been the off-shoots of Abhiyan and are now functioning independently.

Apart from working on the social-economic, and ecological issues of the Kutch region - Abhiyan has emerged as an influential organization in the Country on issues of sustainable, community led post disaster rehabilitation policies and action. This has been possible due to its intensive grass-root presence as well as work with national and international foras on the issue.

Major Initiatives

Abhiyan has been a platform to incubate innovations, and new initiatives focusing developmental issues. This is the core impulse which has allowed Abhiyan to draw out the potential of its member organisations. Irrespective of the range of developmental responses that Abhiyan has been involved with – and which have been at various periods supported by different partners – Abhiyan continued playing its fundamental role – of incubating community led innovation and initiatives. However, after a period of support and continuous nurturing, Abhiyan has always believed in curving out scopes to further mature and grow independently. This is how Hunnarshala and Khamir have been the off-shoots of Abhiyan and are now functioning independently.

Apart from working on the social-economic, and ecological issues of the Kutch region - Abhiyan has emerged as an influential organization in the Country on issues of sustainable, community led post disaster rehabilitation policies and action. This has been possible due to its intensive grass-root presence as well as work with national and international foras on the issue.

A focus on conservation based economic regeneration is of particular significance in a region which is extremely vulnerable to climate change impact. This constitutes a critical component of Abhiyan’s work with its member organizations and Setus . Focusing on drought which is the regular disaster in Kutch, the drought proofing program has been a collective initiative of the member organizations towards drought mitigation and revival of water resources through traditional sources leading to a State Policy. The Setus have developed as a grass-root model which lends itself to different contexts – it has been replicated in Tamil Nadu and now, with Govt. Mandate, in Bihar.