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The publication “WATER FOR PUBLIC GOOD - COLLABORATIONS FOR A SHARED FUTURE" is very informative and impressive. It clearly describes the Mission, Goals, Principles and Partnerships.

I am very happy that HUF has taken up water as a key issue and striving its best to improve the water availability in sustainable manner in rural sector both for livelihood and agriculture.

Water is the most important natural resource that we must try to conserve and ensure its equitable supply to our population.

Through the case studies enlisted in the publication I could make out the diversified activities taken up by HUF

Some of them that have impressed me very much are on renovation and modernization of tanks for significant improvement in water availability & supply, participatory water management, creating common interest groups etc.

It is good to notice that HUF has put a mechanism in place to measure the impact of: Water for Public Good" program. This is essential in a system in which many of the benefits may be intangible and social returns. Mapping the value of ‘change’ is very impressive.

Most striking aspect of HUF functioning is involving stakeholders and their needs.

This will ensure sustained improvement in quality and quantity of water supply in a region.

My only suggestion would be to quantify some of the benefits accured by implanting the project and monitor the influence/ sustainability of the project after a few years of completion of the project.

It would also be useful to enlist the 'negative' lessons learned from a project (if any).

This will help in planning to overcome such limitations in similar projects in the future.

Overall, I am very much impressed by HUF initiative on “Water For Public Good"

– Dr. D. Nagesh Kumar
Professor Dept. Of Civil Engineering Associate Faculty,
Centre for Earth Science (CeaS) Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore 560 012, India

"WATER FOR PUBLIC GOOD - COLLABORATIONS FOR A SHARED FUTURE"

As you know, we feel that the engaging and learning approach you have taken at HUF is very compatible to water stewardship - I would say it is facilitating water stewardship - and this comes through very clearly in the report.

The clear link to sustainable livelihoods and community benefits is also important. At Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) we see water not as a stand - alone issue, rather as a cross - cutting issue that presents opportunities in a number of different realms.

I hope that we can continue to work together with HUF and partners to better understand the "community stewardship" approach. The AWS Standard has been developed as an overarching international framework under which regional - or sector - specific guidance would be required. The development of "community stewardship" guidance from HUF's work with local partner organizations would be a real asset to driving responsible water use.

I am not 100% clear on the relationship between Social Returns on Investment (SRO) and the Theory of Change. If I may philosophise for a moment, I believe that at a basic level, all development initiatives are fundamentally about redistribution of power. This requires an understanding of the interest that are threatened and which stand to benefit from the proposed change, and identification of what the barriers and drivers will be. What power is invested in this interest (formal, tradition, invisible (norms and values), visible (legal)? Who do we need to get on board?

When developing a theory of change, it is important to articulate the link between the power analysis described above, the "change hypothesis" (the overall or systematic change that is not dependent on the organization's interventions) and the "change strategies" that the organizatin will be implementing. A logical sequence would be 1. Analyse the existing power relationships, 2. Develop a change hypothesis, 3. Articulate how the organization can contribute to the change hypothesis, 4. Implement the organization's strategies, 5. Evaluate and adapt.

In this sequence the "theory of change" is distinct from the "theory of action" - steps 1 & 2 are the theory of change (how systemic change occurs, while steps 3-5 articulate the organization's role in enabling the change. This affects monitoring and learning because it makes it more difficult, but much more valuable. Rather than measuring only what the organization does without taking into account the context of the desired change, Measuring and Learning becomes more connected with target setting than change.

Measuring and learning that incorporates the whole cycle gives much more powerful picture.

- Mr. Adrian Sym - CEO
Alliance for Water Stewardship

"WATER FOR PUBLIC GOOD" clearly shows the commitment of HUL towards well - being of communities as well as long - term shared vision. It is also evident from this document as well as the other document - "Story of Water" that you value your partners and their contributions. The contributions of both of our associate organisations - SPESD and MITTRA are very well complied and presented.

We are privileged to be partner with HUL and would like to strengthen our partnership for a common cause of upliftment of disadvantage communities.

- Bharat Kakade
Senior Vice President,
BAIF Pune

I went through the report rapidly. Very complex... and interesting. I keep wondering about the use of the word "intangible"... most of the so called social benefits are "tangible" but not quantifiable according to accepted financial practices... of course no one raises these issues in GDP calculations - where every expenditure contributes to GDP whether it si for a rocket or a road... whether it delivers impact or not.

Best wishes and a good job done.

- Aloysius P. Fernandez - Chairman,
NABARD Financial Service Limited
(Subsidiary of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development)

“The work has just begun and HUF needs to continue the good work especially with the corporates so that it will grow into a movement for water conservation and sustainable development.”

- Dr. Venkatesh Tagat,
Business Initiatives Department,
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) [Retd.]

“HUF projects truly validate the role played by community-level institutions in the management and governance of water resources. The Collective Action Framework of HUF is a unique way in identifying and analyzing co-created impacts as it enhances stakeholder’ relationships and governance mechanisms at local level..

…….. HUF can leverage its innovative approaches and transformational leadership in embedding identified local issues and the value-framework across its corporate strategy, sustainability processes and value chains more closely. Public Private Partnerships around water stewardship can be one such platform to co-create winning solutions locally while working closely with government to secure sustainable public good outcomes.”

- Dr. Pooran Chandra Pandey,
Executive Director,
United Nations Global Compact Network India.

“Moving ahead, a collective journey towards water security”

- Mr. Rudresh Sugam,
Programme Officer,
Council for Energy Environment and Water

“Such efforts by HUF are of tremendous need and these add value to the livelihood generation.”

- Dr. Kshemendra Kumar Upadhyay,
Head - Corporate Social Responsibility, FICCI

“We welcome the efforts of HUF and look forward very much to be an integral  part of the same as they expand and explore newer geographies and models.”

- Mr. K. Venkateswara Rao,
Chief General Manager,
NABARD, Chennai

“Water for the Public good - of the people (society); by the people (HUF); for the People (farmers Sustainability) ; One's effort (HUF) and everyone's water”

- Dr. Manjunatha S. Rao,
Associate Vice President (R&D),
EID Parry India Limited

“Looking back to plan ahead”

- Dr. Girija K. Bharat,
Area Convener,
Water Resource Policy & Management, TERI

“Water for life to all living creatures  of world ;-- water conservation and management most important in India for eradication of poverty”

- Dr. Bathula Sanjeevarayudu,
Executive Secretary,
PSS Educational Development Society