For over decade and a half Parivartan has been actively partnering with communities and like-minded organizations for establishment of fundamental human rights and bringing forward participatory development models for economic as well as social development.
All of Parivartan's work is framed by our commitment to seven broad aims: Women Empowerment, Techno-Economic Rural Development, Strengthening Citizen Leadership, Natural Resource Management, Natural Disaster - Risk Reduction & Mitigation, Response to Climate Change Issues and State & Regional Level Advocacy.
Parivartan focuses on following seven goals:
Parivartan works intensively with women on its belief that sustainable development remains incomplete without active participation of the women. Parivartan's interventions form a reliable source of knowledge, information, skills and absolute energy to the women in governance. Along with Panchayat Raj trainings and leadership development workshops, village level actions & hand holding support remained our major thrust areas. Starting with a small village level support structures like SHGs, women leaders have made their journey up to a well-structured block level federations.
Parivartan has set up an Advance Knowledge and RUral Technology Implementation (AKRUTI) Centre for techno economic growth of rural areas. The purpose is to enable and empower villages with eco-sustainable Science & Technology based work plan for techno-economic growth. Today, AKRUTI Centre of Parivartan is being recognized as a pilot development model for Konkan.
Strengthening the local self-governments and ensuring secure and sustainable livelihoods for the deprived and marginalized people are inter-linked because only a strong and vibrant local self-government would be able to ensure that the welfare measures of government are implemented in such a manner that they benefit the poor. Parivartan has set up a mark in mobilization of various kinds of people organizations. Formation of Lok Shiksha Kendra & KRUIKs, Dakshata Samities, women development committees at village and regional level etc. are various models developed and successfully facilitated by Parivartan.
In order to enable the marginalized sections to make substantial improvements in their livelihood situation, Parivartan is working on three critical aspect (a) Promoting rights and access to resources (b) Promoting new techniques of production and management, which will decrease costs, and increase productivity, and (c) Enhancing capabilities of the marginalized groups to promote their rights and increase productivity of existing resources and activities.
The process of bottom up planning is very crucial in case of disaster management. Disaster Risk Reduction plans should be prepared at micro level i.e. hamlet and village levels. Under "Natural Disaster Risk Reduction" initiative, Parivartan has introduced the community members to different phases in disaster management & assimilated the information on Community Based Disaster Management (CBDM) and Participatory Disaster Risk Appraisal (PDRA) tools.
Parivartan has worked on raising awareness about climate change issues with elected women in Gram Panchayats and civil society. The efforts aimed at building the capacities of the elected women leaders to understand climate change issues and its impact in their own villages. This has enabled them to exercise their leadership and take steps to reduce their vulnerability as well as formulate strategies to mitigate the climate change risks with the help of people & Gram Panchayat.
Parivartan has undertaken issue based advocacy efforts at block, district and state level. Initiating positive actions to resolve the issues is a primary agenda for Parivartan. Instead of advocating the issue on behalf of people, we believe that it should become a part of People Organizations' (POs') plan of action. Parivartan has played a catalyst role in stimulating mass support, experts' advice and alliance building for the PO's efforts on issue based activities.