Models for convergence, linkages and collaborations among institutions (for sustainability and upscaling)
Although substantial gains have been made due to various watershed programs, the ability to scale up successful experiences is clearly a major problem. To scale up and successfully replicate watershed models, it becomes imperative for the various stakeholders (government, NGOs, communities) involved to collaborate and pool their strengths and work towards the common goal of rural development and poverty alleviation.
One of the main difficulties in operationalising partnerships lies in identifying appropriate roles and responsibilities for the various stakeholders. For joint actions to be successful, there must be agreements on the respective roles of different partners and a shared vision, common goals and objectives.
For the CE-WLP, the main focus was on convergence of institutions in a system. This convergence spans the entire spectrum from government line departments to convergence between support agencies, community level institutions and convergence with the development agenda of the panchayats. Linkages between community based organizations and PRIs, a collaborative approach in gender relations from the perspective of water resource management institutions are the other topics that came up for discussion under this focus area.