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Celebrating Twenty Years Working with Rural Communities

My Story

Development is all about trust and behavior change

By Brij Narayan Pathak

Work for me is a passion, and I believe in learning by doing. My work with the Sehgal Foundation introduced me to new agriculture techniques and has taught me so much that I feel it is important to share and disseminate my learning to the area I come from. Read more . . . 

Community Story

Soak Pits enable water conservation and waste management
By Upasana Upadhyaya
In alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 (aimed at clean water and sanitation), Sehgal Foundation works closely with rural communities to promote access to clean drinking water. The multi-pronged approach works on both the demand and supply side of water management. 

Latest at Sehgal Foundation

Alfaz-e-Mewat wins Sandvik India Gender Award

Sehgal Foundation's community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat programs that mainstream adolescent voices on gender issues won the Sandvik India Gender Awards 2019. The annual awards are a partnership program with United Nations Global Compact, Swedish Chamber of Commerce India, and Consulate General of Sweden, which recognize excellence and commitment to gender equality. Sehgal Foundation's radio initiative won first place in the nonprofit category.

Invitation from the Queen Mary Global Policy Institute, UK  

Niti Saxena, director, Sehgal Foundation’s Development Research and Policy Initiatives, was invited to participate in the Resilient Futures India Initiative meetings at the Queen Mary Global Policy Institute (QMGPI), UK. The objective of the meetings convened at QMGPI was to strengthen UK-India research and policy partnerships. Discussions centered on the latest policy challenges in water security, agriculture, climate change, education, and poverty. The discussions focused on SDGs and how policies can work effectively from the perspective of stakeholders and implementing agencies on the ground. 

Appreciation from Partners

The National Horticulture Board acknowledged appreciation for partners who have undertaken a reconnaissance survey to document problems and potentials for developing district Nuh as a commercial vegetable cultivation hub. The survey was done under the leadership of Dr. Umesh Srivastava, rtd ADG, ICAR (Horticulture). Pawan Kumar, director, Adaptive Technologies, Agriculture at Sehgal Foundation was part of the committee of experts in the successful survey of the area. This effort is hoped to make a positive difference to the area and to farmers’ income. In addition, the UNESCO Chair for Community Media recognized community radios with personalized letters of appreciation for their contribution to the Festival of Democracy project carried out by the chair’s office in partnership with the Election Commission of India Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP).

Upcoming Event

Training Program on Rainwater Harvesting, August 27–30, 2019

This training program hosted at NIRDPR, Hyderabad, is open to people who want to learn about rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems—the theory, practice, and policy. Read more . . .                                            


An Inspiring Internship Experience 
By Nitish Mehta
An old adage says, “A vision without action is merely a dream.” I’ve always been intrigued by social enterprise ideas and their impact on the community at large. Over the years, I have worked on different projects and issues to make a change in the way society works. My one-month internship with Sehgal Foundation has changed the shape of my working technique and ideas. Read more . . . 

News and Media

Editorial Team: Arti Manchanda Grover, Marly Cornell, Pooja O. Murada

Contributors: Brij Narayan Pathak, Nitish Mehta, Upasana Upadhyaya

Photo credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Communications team

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