DESI – Strengthening Grassroots Action

GRASP has a treasure of experiential knowledge of pragmatic approaches to addressing the most pressing problems of those at the bottom of the pyramid.

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Stree-Shakti Lok Shakti Vikas Project

PACS programme is inspired by UN's Millennium Development Goal to reduce the poverty by half till 2015. It is supported by DFID, UK and being administered in India by Management Consultants.

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Collaborative Pilot Eco-restoration Project

The project is aimed at protecting and conserving ecological bio-diversity in Gautala-Autramghat Sanctuary with the participation of local community.

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Aquifer-Water Management Project

Given the significant role of groundwater in meeting the survival and livelihood needs of rural communities, Jalaswarajya incorporated an experimental component of Aquifer Water Management Pilot (AWMP) to be tested in six diverse hydro-geological formations of Maharashtra .

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Pilot on Better Water Management Practices in Sugar Sector

This is a collaborative project to promote better water management practices in farming and milling of sugarcane in a pilot area in Kannad Block of District Aurangabad.

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GRASP has been empowering rural communities in stress prone ecologies of India for the last twenty-five years to manage their natural resources.

Grass Roots Action for Social Participation (GRASP) is a not-for-profit civil society organisation working for sustainable development of the rural poor through community empowerment and natural resources management with a scientific outlook. GRASP started working in 1993, prioritising soil and water conservation as a regional necessity of Marathwada – a drought prone region in central India. Since then, GRASP expanded its area of operations as per the local needs in different parts of the country. The vision and mission of GRASP has evolved from long experience of working with poor communities struggling for survival and livelihood in stress prone ecologies.

It all started in the year 1992, experienced rural development professionals from diverse backgrounds came together on one platform to take forward the idea of elevating rural development work from efficient project management to a higher level of community empowerment. They included physicists, hydrologists, geologists, engineers, social workers and agronomists, who had considerable experience of working with rural development organisations across India. It culminated in formation of Grass-Roots Action for Social Participation (GRASP) to empower rural men and women and to infuse professionalism in the process of rural development at community level by providing an interactive platform for all stakeholders. GRASP started functioning in the year 1992 in the tribal areas of Aurangabad district in Maharashtra State, India.


Over the last twenty-five years, GRASP worked on a variety of aspects of rural livelihoods and natural resources development and management through a number of projects. GRASP left a lasting impact on the lives of rural people, especially the poor and the disadvantaged.