Village Earth

GSLL 1522 – Participatory Water Resource Management

Start Date

July 19, 2024

End Date

August 23, 2024

Registration Fee


Register Before

July 16, 2024

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This course will explore important concepts and strategies for successful participatory water conservation strategies to ensure long-term, sustainable solutions to managing water resources effectively in developing and transitional countries. A community-based and participatory approach involving and empowering users and managers of local communities is necessary to balance out the different water needs and demands of available resources.

There are many threats that are contributing to decreased access to water resources worldwide. Overpopulation, falling groundwater tables, the mismanagement of water sources, surface and ground-water pollution, over-extraction, decentralized governments, and the varied interests of various multistakeholders are all challenges resulting in a severe decline in available water resources. Millions in both urban and rural communities worldwide are becoming vulnerable to water scarcity, social exclusion from access to water, polluted water sources and water-borne diseases.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Gain insight on local and global perceptions and approaches to participatory water resource management and apply this directly to their institutions
  • Work with communities using tools such as social asset mapping to identify value-based water and sanitation priorities and implement these into their community development plans
  • Deliver training and develop capacity of local communities
  • Understand how to integrate users and managers of local communities, government bodies, and various stakeholders into all components of effective water management plans
  • Learn from successes and failures in the context of both rural and urban communities worldwide
  • Utilize peer to peer exchanges of problems and solutions will enhance knowledge and enhance skills

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Subir Kumar Pradhan

Instructor Bio

Subir Kumar Pradhan: He is post graduate in Agriculture Science with specialization in
Animal Science and has over thirty six years of experience in application of participatory
approaches in in rural drinking water supply, sanitation and sustainable livelihoods under
bilateral/multilateral projects in India and other countries. He has practical experience in the
development and application of participatory approaches and methodology with an emphasis
on participatory planning, monitoring and impact evaluation to empower civil society. His
experiences during the entire career for the last 30 years in various organizations have
enabled him to have very solid background in project management i.e. project planning,
formulation, implementation and monitoring & evaluation besides preparation of country
strategy paper. He has acquired vast experiences of designing, handholding, mentoring and
managing implementation of community-led projects in many states. Ensuring formation and
nurturing of community based organizations and various capacity building initiatives.
Throughout his career he has been involved in institutional capacity development of
international and national agencies and worked on designing and implementation of various
capacities building programs at all levels.Organized several capacity building interventions for
senior, middle and field level project staff on sustainable livelihoods besides seven step
experiential learning cycle following adult learning principles. He has several publications in
international journals including PLA Notes and books on participatory management.

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This course provides a framework for community development based on a participatory, bottom-up, multi-sector model. Various approaches have been used in community development with varying degrees of success. One approach that has consistently demonstrated effectiveness is the Village Earth model based on participatory practices.

Through personal and structural empowerment, the objectives of economic well-being, environmental sustainability, and socio-cultural vitalization can be met. By looking at an overview of the entire development process and using case studies, this course will prepare participants to work in the field of community development and illuminate how all of the development efforts fit together to support the overall goal of sustainability.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

Compare different development approaches and evaluate their effectiveness.
Understand the basic principles that underlie sustainable development.
Incorporate participatory practices into community development activities
Design a development project based on the Village Earth model
Who should take this course? This course is suited for people who are interested in community development and work or plan to work in this field. This includes people working or volunteering at NGOs, NPOs, governmental organizations, without border organizations, or missionary organizations. In addition, people involved in funding community development projects benefit from this course.

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