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Project Management and Operations - Key Projects


Project Name: Resettlement and Reconstruction of Aungi Village
Client: Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA)

TARU assisted the Resettlement and Reconstruction of Aungi Village in Uttarkashi, Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand) after the 1991 earthquake to present a model for technically sound and culturally viable intervention.


Project Name: Urban lake restoration for emergency water provision
Client: The Rockefeller Foundation

The project is implemented by TARU as part of the resilience intervention project in the city of Indore. The project aims to build the resilience of lndore city to address climate and urbanization induced water scarcity. The climate change prognosis and water scarcity issues that Indore faces are indicative of the crisis that many Indian and world cities will face in coming years. Developing and testing implementation models that improve the redundancy of water supply and improved water quality of urban lakes will contribute to the growing body of evidence on practical approaches to building urban climate change resilience developed by ACCCRN and other programs.


Project Name: Hazard Vulnerability Risk Analysis (HVRA) Atlas and Report for the State of Himachal Pradesh
Client: Disaster Management Cell, Revenue & Disaster Management Department, Government of Himachal Pradesh / Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA)

The primary objective of the study is to generate basic data, undertake in-depth analysis and to quantify disaster risk levels and associated causal factors and to produce a Vulnerability Atlas for the State. In addition the study will meet the following objectives:

  1. To map out and delineate all hazard prone areas within the districts down to the village level, covering all geological, hydro-meteorological, industrial and environmental hazards including the one anthropogenic in nature and to prepare GIS based Atlas at 1:50,000 scale
  2. To assess and delineate the exposure of people, infrastructure and economic activities to these hazards
  3. To assess the full range of vulnerabilities of the exposed elements at risk such as houses, infrastructure, public places and utilities etc. with reference to all natural and man induced hazards
  4. To prepare block wise disaster probability matrix having details of probability of disaster occurrence and possible intensities
  5. To prepare a matrix on ranking & probability of disaster episodes for the state and
  6. To develop Composite Risk Atlas for the State of Himachal Pradesh.


Project Name: Establishment of an integrated Vector and Water-borne Disease Surveillance and Response Systems
Client: The Rockefeller Foundation

As part of the ACCCRN resilience intervention projects, TARU is undertaking a study as well as establishing an integrated vector and water borne disease surveillance and response system in the city/district of Indore. The system is built on experiences drawn from UrSMS (Health component) in the city of Surat. The study involves, analysis of existing disease surveillance system, identifying the requirements for an improved system, assessing the IT infrastructure of the city of Indore, need assessment, developing training manuals and material, conducting trainings, multi stakeholder engagement and consultations, identifying and initiating ways and means of Government and Non Government coordination, sharing response mechanisms, launching public health awareness campaigns, developing partnerships at regional, state and national level, and initiating discussion forums including medical and research institutes.


Project Name: Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN India)
Client: The Rockefeller Foundation

TARU is Rockefeller Foundation’s India country partner for the “Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network,” a major climate change initiative that focuses upon assessing Climate Change related risks in 40+ cities across four countries (India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam), and building climate change resilience to a changing, challenging urban environment. The initiative aims to catalyze attention, funding, and action in three primary areas: 1. Experimenting with and testing local approaches to building climate change resilience for institutions and systems serving poor and vulnerable communities, 2. Promoting, demonstrating, and disseminating knowledge about these and other viable approaches, 3. Increasing awareness among funders, practitioners, policy makers and business on the need to invest in building climate resilience.


Project Name: Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment in Nargis Affected Areas (Ayeyarwady, Bago, Yangon), Myanmar
Client: UNDP Myanmar

TARU successfully undertook the study on “Multi Hazard Risk Assessment (MHRA) in Myanmar” for UNDP, Myanmar. The study focused on developing a multi hazard risk assessment for the cyclone affected areas using probabilistic scenario based approach with the goal of providing inputs to the ongoing recovery and Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) programmes. The study brought out detailed assessment of the hazard risks in the Irrawaddy delta region and undertook in depth vulnerability assessment of the region to prevalent natural hazards (earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, storm surge). The analysis on the coastal hazards involved detailed study of the existing coastal geomorphology and bathymetry. The coastal inundation maps under tsunamigenic conditions were prepared by considering various earthquake scenarios for the delta regions of Myanmar.


Project Name: Joint Monitoring Review of the Orissa Post Cyclone Reconstruction of Primary Schools Project
Client: DFID India and the Government of Orissa (GoO)

Assessment of reconstruct 3,500 school buildings across super-cyclone affected districts in Orissa through Village Education Committees (VECs) and community-based contracting at a project cost of Rs. 2.5 billion.


Project Name: ABD's India Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) (2007-12)
Client: Asian Development Bank’s (ADB)

The assignment included facilitation and synthesis of a series of national and State-level Consultations in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Rajasthan and Sector-level engagements around the Agriculture, Energy, Tourism, Transport, Urban Development and Water Resource Sectors.


Project Name: Scoping Study to Develop a Strategy for DFID India to Support Pro-poor Growth in Orissa
Client: DFID

Analysis of the sources and constituents of current growth, the role of the informal sector and the livelihood options available to the poor and identification of priority interventions and policy and institutional reform measures that would ensure positive impact on the poor, bring about sustainable large-scale change, create strong investment incentives and improve access to services and markets.


Project Name: Review of the Evolution of World Bank (WB)-supported Projects in the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) Sector in India
Client: World Bank

The review drew upon the experience of six projects across the States of Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand). Drawing on secondary reviews to assess national and global trends and identify their influence on the design of successive projects and supplementing these with discussions with project stakeholders and field visits, this assignment provided a comparative analysis of the salient features of the six projects and examined the institutional arrangements at the community level, especially the legal status and provisions for the operation of the Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSCs).


Project Name: International NGO Partnerships Programme (IPAP)
Client: DFID

The programme was a partnerships between seven major INGOs, their Indian NGO partners and government agencies at various levels to address the issue of social exclusion. The Programme Management involved significant effort towards capacity building of NGOs and NGO networks across India, including through training and exposure/ exchange visits and institutional strengthening measures, besides adding to the public debate on issues around social exclusion.


Project Name: Establishment and Operationalization of the Madhya Pradesh (MP) Poverty Monitoring and Policy Support Unit Society (PMPSUS)
Client: DFID India

The PMPSUS is a first-of-its-kind initiative where a specialized Unit was housed within the State government set-up to provide policy input and poverty monitoring support to State Government departments. The task involved recruitment of personnel, capacity building support for strengthening Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Systems in key GoMP departments, development of a poverty baseline for the State and a Partnership Strategy with academic and research institutions, support to finalization of procurement protocol and the GoMP’s Annual Plan (2008-09) and day-to-day management support, including procurement support and drafting of staff contracts.


Project Name: Urban lake restoration for emergency water provision
Client: The Rockefeller Foundation

The project is implemented by TARU as part of the resilience intervention project in the city of Indore. The project aims to build the resilience of lndore city to address climate and urbanization induced water scarcity. The climate change prognosis and water scarcity issues that Indore faces are indicative of the crisis that many Indian and world cities will face in coming years. Developing and testing implementation models that improve the redundancy of water supply and improved water quality of urban lakes will contribute to the growing body of evidence on practical approaches to building urban climate change resilience developed by ACCCRN and other programs.


Project Name: Technical Support Agency for Developing a Solid and Liquid Waste Management Model for Rural Sanitation in Rajasthan
Client: Water & Sanitation Program, World Bank
Partner Organisation/s: Ernst & Young, Indian Green Services, SKAT

The approach of the initiative was to implement integrated Solid & Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) methods that go beyond managing generated waste to preventing waste generation. Current resource flow uses excessive raw materials and generates piles of waste causing resource depletion. The initiative so far helped in evolving participatory process in the preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) on solid and liquid management using cutting edge waste audit tool, solution scoping, and business planning methods followed by grassroots level implementation.


Project Name: Promotion of Integrated Water Resource Management in Peri-Urban Setting Of National Capital Region of Delhi
Client: India Water Partnership & Global Water Partnership
Partner Organisation/s: S. M. Seghal Foundation

The objective of the initiative was to develop an innovative IWRM plan, supported by advocacy strategy for policy and funding support in peri-urban area of National Capital Region of Delhi. Through the initiative, TARU wanted to showcase innovative methods of data collection, community engagement processes and planning by involving community researchers, schools, local knowledge practitioners and local leaders.
The initiative adopted action research methodology to improve the outcome of the study for better participation, problem identification and mapping solutions.