Society for Uttaranchal Development & Himalayan Action

Experience of Working in Uttarakhand State

Right from its inception in 1999, SUDHA has 14 years of working experience in the State of Uttarakhand. SUDHA’s work has been spread over the entire state however some key assignments executed are confined to mainly three Districts Almora, Bageshwar and Pithoragarh, wherein the area is marked by the following characteristics:

  • Almora
  • Nainital
  • Bageshwar
  • Pithoragarh
  • Chamoli
  • Rudraprayag
  • Uttarkashi

wherein the area is marked by the following characteristics:

  • Inaccessibility, a product of altitude and terrain obstructs mobility; imposes isolation and "closeness" on a system;
  • Fragility, a product of verticality, steep slopes, and other associated biophysical conditions, makes mountain areas most vulnerable to degradation; also prevents a higher intensity of land use and limits both the physical and economic scope of input use;
  • Marginality shares most of the implications of fragility; e.g., limited and low payoff options and the high cost of upgrading resources - a major constraint to sustainable resource-use for high productivity and poverty alleviation;
  • Diversity, or internal heterogeneity, resulting from a high degree of spatial, temporal, physical, and biological variability over short distances; if properly harnessed this offers potential for higher productivity, specialization, however, becomes difficult; and
  • 'Niche' implies the potential for products and activities having a comparative advantage over the plains. However, "harnessing with protection" has to be the key focus of interventions addressed to `niche'.

Although the Project Area being covered by SUDHA is marked by intricacies in approach and development yet, the people are now anxious for a change in the direction of development assistance. A growing tradition of cooperation through the SHGs movement, especially among women, offers a strong foundation from which innovative initiatives can be launched. High levels of literacy hold promise for quick adoption of improved methods and relevant technologies that are required for sustainable livelihood development.