Capacity Building & Demonstration
GVT views capacity building as, that everything has to be started at ground zero. This should not always be the case since groups or individual have capacities inherited through culture, socialization or experiences or acquired through education or training. This is particularly true of communities which have time tested indigenous coping capacities. Capacity development builds on existing capacities and further enhances them according to the needs.
GVT's long experience of working with the marginalized communities has taught, that strong local communities depend on infrastructure and services such as adequate roads, telephone, health services and transport. They also need enthusiastic and motivated people, community organisations that work well, a long term ‘vision’ for the community and a strong focus on practical action to achieve the vision.
Keys to success are:
The component of capacity building finds its place in almost all the projects that GVT has undertaken till date like watershed projects, WADI, agricultural research projects, health projects etc. The importance of capacity building lies in the fact that it makes the projects sustainable after the life cycle of the project is completed. For all the projects which GVT implements, it follows a specific withdrawal strategy. It builds the capacity of the beneficiaries so that after it withdraws from the project, the benefit continues to flow to the beneficiaries for whom the project was implemented. GVT follows a bottom up participatory approach; hence it makes sure that during implementation the community gets involved in the implementation process so that in the process their capacities are so built to sustain the project even after the completion.
GVT organizes various awareness campaigns, training programmes and exposure visits during the project cycle for the rural beneficiaries of the programmes. It regularly conducts various training programmes of the state government officials and their agencies at its National Livelihood Resource Institute (NLRI), Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at Godda in Jharkhand. It has partnered with Ministry of Panchayati Raj for preparation of perspective plans and annual plans for 22 districts in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. GVT acts as the Technical Support Institution TSI, to the Panchayat functionaries.