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Benefit Sharing Water Governance
Rapidly deteriorating water quality is a major concern for India’s society, economy and the environment. This is attributed to the on-going effects of climate change and anthropogenic activities including the unhindered discharge of city, municipal and agricultural waste into rivers and aquifers. Water governance or management in South Asia has usually been driven in isolation by a few government departments or ministries, without meaningful participation from the civil society organisations (CSO) and communities who are directly affected by decisions made by these actors.

With this in mind, LEAD India’s benefit sharing project aimed at building leadership capacity of civil society for benefit sharing of Indus Basin water management, intending to provide solutions for the vulnerable communities. It also enabled concerned stakeholder dialogues to develop shared understanding towards water governance and enhance engagement with decision makers. The program had 10 professionals from CSO’s/ NGO’s in order to articulate community demands and engage effectively with decision making on priority water issues with regards to the Indus Basin; and subsequently facilitating regional and national water policy dialogues. The program was delivered through exclusively designed modules that meet the needs of participants and ensure them on a path of transformative learning and enhance their leadership capacity in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner.

Securing Tribal Livelihoods in Odisha
Securing Tribal Livelihoods in Odisha between 2012-2016 in Raygada and Gajapati district of Odisha. It was aimed at improving food security for 3,000 households comprising of approximately 15,000 people, including women and persons with disabilities. LEAD India adopted a holistic approach to increase income though farm and non-farm based livelihood options, enhance health and nutrition, optimum utilization of government schemes and integrating climate change adaptation interventions. The project strengthened the farmers’ groups and cooperative activities to establish sustainable livelihoods, encourage better natural resource management, enhance their skills base, and foster local market linkages. It also addressed the menace of malaria, which is endemic in this region.

Building Sustainable Livelihoods in Great Nicobar Islands
Building Sustainable Livelihood on Tsunami Affected Great Nicobar Island was started in 2009 and completed in 2012. The project was undertaken to generate sustainable livelihood opportunities through capacity building and empowerment of the rural households in the Great Nicobar Islands. The approach adopted by the project focused on building and working with the existing human capital and local resources. The approach was to inform, enable, initiate and empower appropriate choices for long-term well-being. The project, since the date of its inception, has involved all sections of the society across class, gender and other divides. Project delivered a combination of interventions to enhance the capacity of farmers on integrated farming systems and supported other stakeholders to improve their livelihoods. It also promoted community entrepreneurial activities to strengthen sustainable livelihoods.

Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
Established in 2010, CDKN in India was operational through LEAD India from April 2012 to June 2017. The program aimed at connecting policy-makers and organizations in developing countries with climate change experts to help them adapt to the climate change impacts and build capacity for a low-carbon economy. It was funded by the UK's DFID  DGIC.

Strengthening Women Engagement and Leadership in the Manufacturing sector
Supported by Ford Foundation, Lead India is implementing a project with focus on strengthening women engagement and leadership in the manufacturing sector. It is a unique project with focus on creating an enabling environment for women’s participation in the organized sector, through simultaneous interventions in the community and in the workplace. This is the first time such a project is being implemented in the country. The three-year project started in April 2018. Lead India will work closely with two manufacturing industries to implement this project within the factory and in the neighbouring communities.