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Association for India's Development is a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development. AID supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as agriculture, energy,  education, health , livelihoods, natural resources including land and water, women's empowerment and social justice.

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Payvihir Eco Village Wins UNDP Biodiversity Award, 2014
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 Checking water runoff on the deforested hills of MelghatVillagers of PayvihirWater & Soil Conservation trenches constructed under MGNREGA







  In May 2014 the village of Payvihir won the UNDP biodiversity award for its forest conservation efforts. Read the ToI article.

Payvihir is a village of 110 families (mainly from the Korku tribe and some from Balai) at the foothills of Melghat region of Amravati district. The once rich forests have been depleted taking with it the biodiversity of the region. Khoj, a partner of AID has been working with the communities in the area since 1996.

AID has supported the work of Khoj since 2008 and the eco villages since 2011. Volunteers have also connected them to C Srinivasan who works extensively on waste management across India

SEWA's report on livelihood regeneration in Uttarakhand
Relief and Rehabilitation
SEWA Women's Meeting
AID supported SEWA Uttarkhand for its long term rehabilitation efforts after the devastation in June 2013. They have been focussing on building alternative livelihood options and strengthening traditional ones (agriculture) as well as linking people to government developmental schemes.
For all updates on AID's long term support in Uttarakhand see the Uttarakhand R&R page...>> 
Becoming Part of the AID Family
by Soumya Sundaram 
How it all started for me..
My association with AID started in 2011 when a few graduate students at the University of Colorado met to discuss the popular anti-corruption movement in India. Little did I know, the conversations that evening would lead to the formation of an AID chapter in Colorado. As a nascent chapter, we collaborated with other AID chapters to learn more about the organization and these interactions led a few of our volunteers to attend the AID conference in Charlotte last year. The energy and enthusiasm with which they shared their experiences made us realize what we had missed out on. On being presented with the opportunity to host the 2014 Annual AID conference, the chapter volunteers were more than thrilled and excited to take up this task. 

The perils of ‘development’

by Basabdatta Chatterjee 

A journalist, a human rights advocate and an environmental activist, Jiten Yumnam was the keynote speaker at this year’s annual conference in Boulder, Colorado. Though I could not make it to the conference in person, I was able to hear him speak via the live video stream. This provided me with the opportunity to learn about the impact of reckless industrialization and urbanization on the climate, and livelihood and rights of the indigenous people residing in North East India. 


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