An Holistic Approach to Development

WHERE WE WORK

PIDT works in the rural areas of North, East and Northeast India that remain among the most backward by almost every development indicator. When PIDT entered these areas in the late 1970’s, the societies were still entrenched in the oppressive hierarchies of feudal land relations, the caste system, and severe patriarchal control. These issues had been exacerbated by previous development efforts that had increased the potential market for exploitation of the poor and marginalized by the ruling classes. The status of the people and the conditions in the villages had remained virtually stagnant and there was, among the people, little hope of amelioration. PIDT was initially greeted with suspicion and sometimes hostility by people who could conceive of no motivation for our presence but their further exploitation. The perseverance, courage and patience exhibited by PIDT’s staff over the years has paid off as PIDT is now considered a partner and positive change is visible and felt by all. Chhattisgarh is now well on its way to selfsustainability with the samities (village societies) engaged in savings and lending activities and linked into a federation that has exerted significant influence in the local panchayati raj (political body). Only one PIDT staff person now remains to provide facilitation and training as needed.

Twenty-six years of sustainable change across rural communities...

Jharkhand Lokshala
Jharkhand is a predominantly tribal state, carved out of Bihar, which has historically been one of the least developed regions of India. While Jharkhand has rich mineral resources (a fact recognized by India’s foremost industrial group, Tata, whose major steel plant is located there) these have been plundered, leaving behind soil erosion, deforestation, and impoverishment. More...

Chhattisgarh Surguja District
Chhattisgarh is a densely forested region, naturally irrigated by a number of streams, that has been well cultivated and has come to be known as dhan-ka-katora (rice bowl). PIDT has encouraged organic farming and forest conservation so the rich biodiversity of the Shankargarh region remains unspoiled. More...

Utter Pradesh Ghazipur District
When PIDT began to work in Ghazipur District, UP in 1980, the society was highly stratified and feudal in nature with about half of the population entirely dependent for its livelihood on work as daily labourers
on land owned almost entirely by Rajputs, Bhumihars and other high caste communities. More...

West Bengal Birbhum District
West Bengal has an extremely rich cultural heritage in handicrafts and handloom that was in danger of languishing when PIDT began its work there. For the last 26 years, the government of West Bengal has been under the control of the communist party, which has overseen very successful land reform policy implementation and substantial spread of education. More...