The Delwara Initiative:
Delwara is a semi-urbanised settlement located on NH8, about 28 kilometers north of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
The town boasts a remarkable wealth of heritage, with many beautiful temples, traditional water sources and a 17th century
fort. It's population also brings a rich mix of social groups including Hindu, Muslim, Jain and tribal communities.
At the same time, the community faces the challenges of both rural and urban areas. Economically, it does not provide
access to enough opportunities and significant proportions of the population move out for jobs, or are unemployed or
involved in agriculture and labour, which are not very lucrative. Socially, gender divisions continue to place women
on a less than equal footing. Increasing population densitites and aspirations put unsustainable pressures on the
infrastructure, leading to a deterioriating quality of life.
NFI partnership with Seva Mandir, has been working alongside the citizens of Delwara to improve the quality of
life through a project based on a integrated and process oriented approach to development linking dialogue,
conversation and action. The initiative has involved the citizens of Delwara in a constructive manner through
a local platform. It has specifically engaged with women and the youth, and addressed the wide range of problems
faced by Delwara through Delwara's own human resources. This document attempts to look back at the challenges and
success of the initiative, and to draw lessons from four years of work in
Delwara. .....to read more : Click to Download Delwara Report : Constructive Work as Self - Governance
Content Editor: Anshu Sharma
Editorial Team: Ms. Barsha Poricha, Mr. Manu Sharma
Partners: Citizens of Delwara, National Foundation for India, Seva Mandir, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Devigarh, Nagrik Vikas Manch, Delwara Panchayat.