By reinforcing the concept of community, a unique development process has been set off in villages of Orissa, one of
the poorest states in India. The fundamentals of the programme require 100% participation from all villagers with
clearly defined stakes and mechanisms for institutional and financial sustainability. The programme shows how something
as basic as drinking water and sanitation is able to coalesce and bind divergent strands within communities, creating
new relationship dynamics between men and women, and different sections of the communities, thereby helping
to trigger new strands of development.
Keywords : Community Development, Water and Sanitation, Orissa, Capacity Building, Livelihoods
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