My Thesis examined how water resource equality is affected by the interactions between local citizens, local government bureaus and NGOs. I conducted research with communities in the Wardha district of Maharashtra, India through the Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation (KJBF), a major service entity in Wardha that does extensive work on irrigation and water conservation systems. KJBF has been working with over 200 villages in this region since July 2009 (Bajajfoundation.org).

Measuring the success of initiatives is crucial for effective implementation of water resource and conservation projects. Working in this region in partnership with KJBF enabled me to: interact with a variety of social groups and development agencies; gain a greater understanding of the significance of water within Indian history and culture; account for geographical and environmental variances. This comprehensive overview is supported by a combination of site interviews, community discussions and use of visual media (Alsop and Kurrey 8).

The goal of my research was to not only review KJBF water development projects, but to also pose ideas that can strengthen partnerships between government entities, NGOs, and citizen groups.

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