Nature of Business
Non Profit Organization
It is the firm belief of HARC that forming and strengthening the community-based institutions can be the best mechanism to sustain the development process. The peoples’ institutions are strong base for the socio-economic development and empowerment of the local people. HARC has been involved in promoting the formation and strengthening of a variety of community-based organizations for collective action and development of a sustainable self-help promotion system. HARC’s main objective in promoting the community-based institutions is to make them instrumental in providing food security, economic security, social security and ensuring sustained livelihood opportunities to the rural poor. HARC applies a multi-dimensional approach to strengthen these people’s institutions in such a way that the local people are able to get access to and control over the natural, financial and developmental resources through these institutions.
Grass root democracy can only be strengthened when panchayat representatives and community members work together for the development of the village. Community people, who are the members of Gram Sabha and constitute the village Sansad have an important role to play in decision-making, planning, implementation and monitoring of the development process in the village. To mobilize the active participation of local community and CBOs in the development processes in Urban and rural areas, community mobilisation campaigns, platform for CBOs and citizen leaders are organized. The main objective of these campaigns / platform is to educate and spread awareness among citizens and community based organizations with special focus on women, dalits and other marginalised section of the society on the specific development issue and sensitise them on their responsibility and accountability for supporting reforms in governance institutions.
Training is an integral part of HARC activities. HARC has a strong and efficient team of trainers who are engaged in imparting various capability building trainings to the development actors at all levels – Local communities, Govt. officials, Voluntary organizations and Public Representatives. Through the capacity building trainings, HARC helps build knowledge, increase awareness levels and develop the skills of development actors to enable & empower them to understand, plan and work according to the needs and priorities of the local people. By building the confidence, knowledge and increasing the leadership ability, these trainings prepare the development actors to face challenges emerging from rapid changes that are taking place in the social, economic and cultural spheres at local, national and international level.
Conducting Research and study is an integral part of strengthening local self governance theme. New knowledge building through in-depth research and studies on variety of issues directly and indirectly promoting or hindering good governance is ongoing activity of LSG. Involvement of research scholars, faculty members of college and universities and independent research in these studies is promoted. The findings of the studies are shared with multi stakeholders for policy advocacy.
Himalayan Action Research Centre
Indira Nagar, Indira Nagar,
Dehradun-248006, Uttarakhand, India