Institution Building

Community level people's institution building is the key intervention and approach for ensuring sustainable development. In keeping with this, Agragamee has promoted women's organizations at the village and block levels for initiating rights-based work for their livelihood, as well as demanding accountability and delivery in government programmes and schemes. It is remarkable that support to women's groups and their federations has generated demonstrable impact and also empowered the whole community, giving it the confidence and voice required to assert for their due rights and privilieges. Along with social mobilization and social animation process, involvement of women membersin micro-enterprising activities is one more empowering process of Agragamee at the community level.

The 5 Women's federations in five districts are as follows

DISTRICT  NAME OF THE FEDERATION  MAHILA MANDALS ASSOCIATED  MEMBERS
Rayagada  Ama Sangathan  87 1140 
Nawarangpur Indrawati Mahila Mahasangha  40  1000 
Koraput  Dasmantpur Mahila Mahasangha  100 1500
Kandhamal Phiringia Anchalika Mahasangha  25  762 
Nuapada Ama Shakti Sangathan  16  260 
Total 268  4662

Apart from the village and block level women's federations Agragamee has also supported the formation and activities of village level groups that monitor its Renewable Energy, Watershed and Wadi projects.

The Bijli Upabhokta Committee is a separate committee that has been formed for effective follow-up and ensuring people's participation in the renewable energy projects. The committee has also been made responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the project.

There are three organic farmer's federations in Kashipur Panchayat that undertake different activities like: training, transfer of technology, certification, grading, sorting, processing and marketing the organic products.

The major thrust in the watershed development programmes has been community mobilization. A Watershed Users Society (WSUS) of men and women members selected by the entire village is promoted in every watershed area, and supported for registration under the SRA, 1860. 8 WSUSs have already been promoted in 10 watershed areas.

Farmers of one patch of the Wadi Project constitute a Udhyan Vikas Samiti to facilitate linkages. 31 villages of Dasmantpur block, Koraput have their 16 UVSs that manage the Wadi operations for 130 acres of plantations.