Vadvai

Started in 2002, Vadvai has emerged as a well-known value-driven and knowledge based unit under the able guidance of its parent organization AKRSP(I). We are committed to provide quality services to our collaborating partners in the areas of capacity building, research and direct field support. Our clients are government agencies, donor agencies, non-governmental organizations, corporates and CBOs.

Our Vision

To facilitate wider outreach of the demonstrated community based approaches for livelihood enhancement through disseminating participatory grassroots learning at the local, state and national level


Our Objective

  • To disseminate lessons learnt through demonstration of models in the field to the development sector.
  • To enable organizations for effective and better implementation of programs by incorporating grassroots learning based on AKRSP(I)'s experiences
  • To build capacity and provide support to other organizations so that they can replicate best practices promoted by AKRSP(I)
  • To influence government policy and programmes by capacity building of Government staff, bankers, local self-government leaders.

Core Services Provided by Us

Capacity Building


Giving capacity building inputs and supporting training activities for positive changes in skills, knowledge, practice, awareness or behaviours.

Organising exposure visits to villages to make one believe: this is possible!

Disseminating knowledge gained through lectures and sessions at academic and other institutes

Advisory Services


Taking up participatory feasibility studies, need assessments and preparation of plans for livelihood interventions.

Supporting evaluation of projects and giving recommendations to improve work at grassroots

Direct Field Support


Deputing staff for short periods in a field unit, taking up village development for a limited time or setting up a project support unit.

Sector we cater to

  • Rural Development
  • Rural Livelihood
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Education
  • Non Renewable Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Sanitation
  • Skill Development
  • SHGs and Microfinance
  • Panchayati Raj and local Governance
  • Gender and Women's Empowerment
  • Ethical Leadership and Citizenship

Our Features

  • Rich experience in participatory natural resource based livelihoods
  • Highly skilled trainers
  • Proficient in participatory approaches for training, evaluation and studies
  • Panel of external faculty members to compliment the internal training team
  • A pool of village resource persons to share their knowledge in the training programmes and exposure visits
  • Access to a variety of models in a large number of villages where development interventions are demonstrated
  • Linkages with expert organizations for knowledge sharing and facilitation
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Dr. Kamala Chaudhray Community Learning Centre, Sayla


Situated in Saurashtra region of Gujarat State, the Centre has a two way learning process: i.e. where local and traditional wisdom gets articulated with outside world and where outside knowledge is applied to solve the complex problems of the drought prone region.

The ""Water centre" at the Sayla Training centre is developed in collaboration with the "Center for Science and Education" (CSE), New Delhi, and possesses a national perspective on water scenario.

The resource center also has panels and video films narrating story of various villages which have improved their lives through water conservation and water management harvesting, proper water distribution etc. This ensures that outsiders and other villagers realize that they can solve their own problems.

The training center itself has a live demonstration of Rain Roof Water harvesting, with an underground tank of about 1,00,000 liters capacity filled by roof water collection. The campus also has a demonstration of all available water management technologies of drip and sprinkler irrigation systems.

The Water Resource center in Sayla acts as a knowledge resource centre on water issues in semiarid areas, for creating awareness on rural water issues to wider audience and collecting and sharing of local knowledge and experiences at National level.The Water Resource centre extends its services to different cliental groups.


The centre can help organize:

  • Customized training programmes for your organization around the above topics.
  • Exposure visit to different models of water for life and livelihoods in terms of drinking water, irrigation, water conservation and harvesting, drinking water quality testing laboratory and watershed based interventions, sanitation as well as education related interventions.
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Tribal Livelihood Resource Center, Netrang


The centre, situated in Southern Gujarat of Bharuch district, aims at working as a resource centre on different rural development aspects with special focus on tribal concerns.


The centre can help in:

  • Providing training to the staff members of government/non-government organizations, CSR organizations and corporates on a range of issues
  • Documenting and articulating the work done by rural communities in and outside the state Providing training to youth to upgrade their skills in a range of areas so that they gain access to an occupation which ensures a good quality of life
  • Participatory studies on governance
  • Promote information technology to improve the access of the community to the government schemes and ensure that government officials respond to the queries immediately
  • Host a library for the people of nearby villages
  • Develop visual images, photographs, films and models to ensure that benefits are taken by each and every person.

Glimpses of Services Provided and on Offer

Vadvai has provided capacity Building programmes on following topics

  • Enhancing Customer Empathy
  • Certificate Course in Development Management (4.5 months residential course)
  • Participatory Planning
  • Vision Building
  • Promoting and strengthening village institutions
  • Enhancing livelihood through watershed and watershed plus in rain-fed areas
  • Participatory water resource development and management
  • Participatory Irrigation Management
  • Participatory approaches to rural drinking water
  • Microfinance and Micro Enterprises
  • Training of Trainers
  • Gender and Development
  • Main-streaming Gender and equity in Natural Resource development and management
  • Financial management and Management Information System (MIS) in NGOs and CBOs

Some of the Advisory services and Direct Field Support provided by us in the past are as follows

  • Preparation of State Perspective and Implementation Plan for Gujarat Livelihood Promotion Company under National Rural Livelihood Mission.
  • Undertaken need identification and developing implementation plan for the CSRs, like; Apollo Tyres, Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC), Shell Gas Foundation
  • For Integrated Tribal Development Project, Tribal Development Department, and Government of Gujarat: Preparing Village Development Action Plans for all villages of Bharuch and Narmada district.
  • For Aga Khan Foundation, Mozambique Technical guidance on Water Resource (NRM) to CRSP, Mozambique
  • Providing Field support to Apollo Tyres foundation, Waghodiya on improved agriculture practices for sustainable livelihoods.
  • Field support to the SHGs promoted by DEEP foundation
  • For WASMO undertaken study of Cluster storage as a Technical option strategy for Village Water Supply
  • For Water Aid, New Delhi, Case Study Documentation on South Gujarat Sanitation Initiatives for SACOSAN-II Conference
  • Direct Field support to CGPL in Sagarbandhu Project aiming at supporting the livelihood of Sea Fishermen in Kutch, Gujarat

Clients our team have worked with

  • Escorts Ltd
  • Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd
  • Gujarat State Watershed Management Agency
  • Adani Foundation
  • Deepak Foundation
  • Development Support Center (DSC)
  • Reliance Foundation
  • TCSRD
  • KamalnayanJamnalal Bajaj Foundation
  • Cohesion Foundation
  • Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation
  • State Institute of Rural Development, Gujarat
  • Saath
  • DEEP Foundation of GIPCL
  • Gujarat Livelihood Promotions Company Limited
  • BADP Catholic Church
  • Shroff Foundation
  • Ambuja Foundation
  • Irrigation Department, Government of Gujarat
  • Rural Development Department, Government of Gujarat
  • Rural Development Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • Lupin Group

For more information related to Vadvai Services please contact us at mgrvadvai@akrspi.org