Vasundhara has received support from donors including: the Ford Foundation, Action-Aid, the Biodiversity Support Programme, GEF-UNDP, Centre for World Solidarity, Marra Foundation, Concern World Wide India, and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation in Developing Countries (HIVOS). In addition, we have collaborated with different research organisations for collaborative research projects; these include: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Natural Resource Institute (NRI), Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC), World Wildlife Fund-India, Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Vasundhara has been collaborating with the Government of Orissa, especially for directing policy reforms in the forestry sector. A member of the state-level JFM Steering Committee, and the specially constituted Working Groups to look at policy changes and design Forest Department interventions. We have been facilitating interface and dialogue amongst NGOs, activists, and the Government of Orissa, and provide occasional inputs to the Government of India’s Planning Commission.
We are also an active member of the National Network on JFM and its various sub-networks, including Ecological and Economic Research Network, Gender & Equity Sub-Group, Institutional and Training Sub-Group. In addition, we are active in international and regional networks on community forestry.
Vasundhara has played an extremely relevant role in the documentation of community forestry initiatives and in establishing their richness and legitimacy. This documentation has given international visibility to the self-initiated forest protection efforts in Orissa as important examples of sustainable resource management systems.
At the same time, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Welfare Department, Government Orissa, has involved Vasundhara as a resource NGO in the implementation of Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme. This programme – being implemented in 30 tribal blocks and focusing on empowering tribals to improve the overall quality of their livelihood – includes land issues as an important part. One of our major inputs to this programme has been to make its central focus the issue of tribals’ land tenure and access.