Sustainable development in North East India

Associates, Ajupi Baruah and Attrika Hazarika

The North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) is a rural development project working in three states of North East India with the overall objective of improving the livelihood of vulnerable groups in a sustainable manner through improved management of resources.

The genesis of NERCORMP can be drawn back to the lack of governmental service delivery mechanism, and the absence of sustainable development initiatives viable for the hilly regions. Through building of partnership with both the community, NGOs and the government agencies, the project channelized demand driven and financially sustainable livelihood options in the region.

The aims of NERCORMP are:

  • More responsive to communities perspectives on needs and priorities.
  • Involve the communities more in decision making and planning.
  • Make communities more responsible for the management of their development programmes in order to generate a greater sense of ownership of development interventions.

A major highlight of NERCORMP has been its successful implementation in the poorest and insurgency affected areas. Community institution building through Natural Resources Management Groups (NaRMGs) and Self Help Groups (SHGs) largely shielded the projects from insurgents’ interventions. As the entire fund for projects is managed and utilised by the community for their own socio-economic benefits, the insurgents had no avenue nor desire to demand for compensation.

NERCORMP is looking at participatory, sustainable, and viable community based institutions that are expected to carry out a people driven mode of rural development. They have been concentrating on building up community building organisations at the grassroots level called NaRMGs and SHGs. One of the significant achievements, through the creation of these organisations, is the emergence of a bottom based and perceived on their felt needs.

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