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About Us

OUTREACH, An association of volunteers for rural development, was established in the year 1992 and registered under the Karnataka State Societies Registration Act 1960, in May 1993. Its registered office is in HBR layout, Bangalore. Currently it works in three southern states of India in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamilnadu.

OUTREACH is managed by its execitive commitee members and represented by Secretry/Executive Director ,Mr.N.D.Tiwari,I.F.S.(Rtd)

During its 20 years of existence , OUTREACH has covered approximately 900 villages along with 36 grass root NGO partners to whom technical and managerial support services are provided. The main thrust of OUTREACH is community based poverty alleviation and restoration of degraded primary environments in drought prone areas in South India.

OUTREACH is also a leading resource and training organization in participatory approaches. It has pioneered and developed the use and application of Participatory Rural Appraisal [PRA] techniques in a wide range of development situations, nationally and internationally.

OUTREACH has been conducting developmental work through community based organizations i.e. Self Help Groups [SHGs], Cluster Level Associations [CLAs], Federations of SHGs and user groups. This approach aims at sustainability of the programmes, managed by client community. As of now, it has 1525 regular SHGs in addition to 2165 SHGs under Joint Forest Planning and Management [JFPM]. Other types of communities organized by OUTREACH are Village Forest Committees [VFCs] , Watershed Development Committees [WDCs], Crop Interest Groups [CIGs] and Tank User Groups [TUGs] etc for better facilitation of the interventions. As the SHGs are able to avail only small and short term loans through formal financial institutions and banks for income generating activities, OUTREACH started micro enterprise through revolving fund made available by its donors supporting people for land based as well as non-land based income generation activities.

In the recent years, OUTREACH is undertaking programmes from several organizations like NABARD, Watershed Development Department, Karnataka State Department of Forest, Indian Council of Agriculture Research , ARGHYAM and Deshpande Foundation. Our major trust has been in Natural Resources Management and Watershed Development.

Memorable Achievements

We have immense pleasure in informing that in the recent past we have received 2 prestigious state and national level awards on the following :

  • State level Award for the cause of conservation and protection of Environment. This award was given by Government of Karnataka in June 2010 with a cash award of Rs.1,00,000/-.
  • In March 2011, OUTREACH received National Water Award for promoting Bhumijal Samvardhan by adopting innovative practices of ground water augmentation through rain water harvesting and artificial recharge. This award was conferred by Ministry Ground water Resources, Government of India with a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-