Empowering tribal community to strengthen local self-governance in the village

A project by SBI Youth For India

The approach was to strengthen the tribal community and hold local government body accountable and transparent in their work. It impacted more than 2500 lives.
The aim of my project was to empower the local community in a remote tribal village of Madhya Pradesh, India and enabling them to exercise their powers granted in 73rd amendment of the Indian Constitution which gives the decision-making power to the Gram Sabha (a body consisting of all persons whose names are included in the electoral roll of the village council). My project impacted the youth and adults of the village named Kachhwanya in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh state of India. My project involved tribal youth as well as adults. To empower the community, I gave them the idea of a community-owned as well as community-run Information and Resource Centre which is to be installed in the village only. For that, I started organizing workshops in the village to make the community aware of their constitutional rights and motivated them to participate in village council meetings and raise their voices for their cause and I also had given computer classes to the village youth to help them in operating the resource centre and generating livelihood for themselves. The project started in September 2017 when I surveyed the village to identify the local issues. I was associated with SBI Youth For India as a rural development fellow when I formulated and implemented this project. My innovation was to empower the local community to fight for the causes they care about rather than providing a ready-made solution to them. My intervention forced the village council to release funds to establish the computer resource centre in the village which would help the villagers in getting information related to farming, weather reports, jobs and scholarships, and various government schemes and services. This project impacted more than 2500 lives and benefited more than 350 people of the entire village.

About the Organization /Team

I, Shubham Gupta was awarded SBI Youth for India Fellowship where I was placed with an NGO named Aga Khan Rural Support Programme(India) and have designed and implemented this project on my own. SBI Youth For India is an Indian rural fellowship programme initiated, funded and managed by the State Bank of India in partnership with reputed NGOs. It provides a framework for India's bright young minds to join hands with rural communities, empathise with their struggles and connect with their aspirations.
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Realated SDGs
16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions