Winrock International India (WII) is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization registered under the Indian Societies Act of 1860 with headquarters in New Delhi/Gurgaon and project offices in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), Bhadohi (Uttar Pradesh), Kawardha (Chattisgarh) and Bangalore (Karnataka) and affiliated to Winrock International, USA.
WII focuses its work primarily on three broad areas namely - Energy and Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources Management. Winrock’s mission is to "develop and implement solutions that balance the need for food, income and environmental quality." The thrusts of WII’s efforts are: To encourage and empower primary users of natural resources to sustainably manage the resources that they depend on using participatory approaches, and develop long-term strategies to adopt livelihoods of their choice; To promote energy efficiency and use of renewable energy for rural development and for a cleaner environment; To understand and address the challenges of global climate change; To reach out to involve people, communities and institutions to strengthen our efforts to develop and implement sustainable solutions
The mission of the Energy and Environment division of WII is to promote diffusion of cleaner technologies to various end use segments. This is accomplished through activities that range from commercialisation, enterprise development, financing, institutional linkages and capacity building. The overarching goal is to improve the living conditions of the poor people by providing them not only with clean energy and hence healthy household environment but also with employment opportunities and means of livelihood. WII works closely with institutions and organizations including corporate, NGOs, utilities, self-help groups, bankers and micro-credit organizations in building their capacities to take sound decisions in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy. In the field of renewable energy, WII is involved in providing innovative institutional and market related solutions for the development of renewable energy industry in India. By facilitating interaction between manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, end-users, financiers, and other key players in the arena, E&E is giving shape to linkages that are resulting in wider commercial use of renewable energy. E&E continually works on structuring novel financial engineering mechanisms, providing technical assistance, building capacity, creating widespread awareness, and facilitating policy level dialogues. In pursuit of its objectives, E&E has also been working closely with the policy makers to work towards an enabling environment for renewable.
Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas
Through its energy interventions and natural resources programs on the ground, WII takes into account the social and cultural barriers and tries to maintain a balance without hurting the sentiments of the beneficiaries concerned.
Providing access to energy to the rural poor through market based mechanisms is one major focus of the Rural Energy Access Group at WII. WII is presently implementing a solar photovoltaics program in about 200 villages and has also set up a decentralized distributed generation project in the state of Chhattisgarh based on straight Jatropha oil.
WII is working on demonstrating and implementing small-scale commercial stoves for roadside eateries and for dyeing units. The initial response has been very good and encouraging for us to take the initiative forward and popularize the benefits of these interventions to a larger audience.
Monitoring and Evaluation is an integral component of all projects implemented by WII. Impacts of the programs, both social and environmental are monitored both quantitatively and qualitatively.
Relevant Publications or Studies
As part of different projects supported by donors, there are reports on the impacts of the initiatives. However, it would be unfair on behalf of the donors to share it on the public domain.
Our Contribution to the Partnership
WII was a partner of the initiative in the initial years. However, with movement of resource persons from WII to other organizations, there wasn't an active involvement. WII proposes to actively participate in creating awareness in all sectors through presentations in different forums, meetings, awareness campaigns, etc. We would like to continue our efforts to make this important but so far neglected issue of indoor air pollution more visible. We would share our experience and skills in promoting cleaner fuels and more efficient technologies to all concerned. We give high priority to form partnerships with other like minded institutions to contribute to this sector.