Rural Development has a wide spectrum of actions perceived differently by different stakeholders, while it is subject welfare of the rural community for the governments, research and enquires for the academics, innovation and piloting for voluntary organization and submissive gains for the target communities, the subject remains vastly unfolded for everybody.
Gramin Vikas Trust being a grassroot action organization for over a decade has tested many strategies to achieve the sustainable rural livelihoods. Equity, gender mainstreaming, active collaborative participation of the local communities and building the local capacities to make the exogenous development model in to endogenous initiatives wherein the local communities have key stakes, takes the ownership and sustain the momentum gained with external support remain in the focus through out the decade.
We being the grassroot professionals always felt the need for professional assistance during the testing times, in most cases such a facility remain a luxury for most of the grassroot action groups. Capacities of the people remain a subject of access and control over the repositories of information and knowledge management still in the natal phase in the country. Under such circumstances, GVT was force to take a step towards learning and developing simple protocols of sharing and disseminating information and designing and testing the knowledge management.
Launching a website has become an icon of fashion; however, GVT has been a path breaker and shall yet again prove that it is not a mere exercise of following the popular trend but devising a user-friendly interface among all the stakeholders.
National Livelihood Resources Institute (NLRI) would be launch pad for the strategies and may prove its worth as a thriving rural academy in short future. We seek the comments, suggestions and support from all interested in raising the quality of life millions of rural poor in the country.