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Our Partners

The India Water Portal is a highly collaborative effort bringing together knowledge, information and data from numerous sources and with help from many organizations and individuals.

The India Water Portal effort has been primarily anchored and sponsored by Arghyam . Arghyam is a public charitable trust setup with a personal endowment from Ms. Rohini Nilekani. Arghyam seeks to support strategic and sustainable efforts in the water sector that enhance equity in access to water for all citizens.

The National Knowledge Commission has been a strong proponent of the idea of knowledge portals. NKC has been a strong supporter in the creation of the water portal and creating water portals in regional languages.

India Development Coalition of America was involved with the initial conceptualization of the Portal. Since then, they have been a constant cheerleader and supporter and evangelist for the Portal and have given of their technical expertise and documentation. We express our appreciation for their support.

The following organizations worked closely with Arghyam and made significant contributions to the Water Portal.

Samaj Pragati Sahayog
is a voluntary organization working in the area of water. Its central goal is to develop a new vision of development for the drylands of India based on the principles of equity, sustainability and people's empowerment. SPS worked with Arghyam to custom-create some of the multimedia courses on the Water Portal.

ATREE (The Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) Mission is to integrate rigorous natural and social sciences with policy, education, and socially responsible conservation. ATREE has partnered with Arghyam on providing some of the base maps and the data for the GIS applications.

ACWADAM (Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management) aims to become a premier Research and Training Centre catering to action oriented research for finding solutions to current and future problems pertaining to water resources.

BIRD-K (The BAIF Institute for Rural Development- Karnataka) is a non-government organization working on rural development, poverty alleviation, primary health-care and conservation of natural resources since 20 years.

eGovernments Foundation, Bangalore  is a not-for-profit trust that provides Municipal eGovernance systems to improve the functioning of City Municipalities. eGovernments Foundation is the main technology partner in the creation and maintenance of the Water Portal.

Adayana, Hyderabad : Adayana worked with Arghyam to create some of the sophisticated multimedia courses on the Water Portal. Adayana's aim is to make e-learning work for the customer, in their context and within their framework.

Apparatus Media Lab, Bangalore Apparatus Media Lab is a brand communication and interactive design studio headquartered in Bangalore. AML created the information architecture, the design and the User Interface of the Water Portal.

Apart from the India Water Portal, Arghyam also funds the work of the Hindi Water Portal which is run by Water Community India, and runs the India Sanitation Portal, through a joint partnership with Water Aid.


The following organizations and individuals contributed material to the Water Portal in the form of software, case studies, courses, data etc.

  • Auroville Village Action Trust, Auroville is working on technology based solutions for sustainable water management.
  • Barefoot College, Tilonia started in 1972 with the conviction that solutions to rural problems lie within the community. They have contributed some of their movies for the portal
  • CDL (Communication for Development and Learning) has made their book on traditional water harvesting structures of Karnataka available for the Portal.
  • Chennai Rain Centre  has been active in the area of water harvesting. They contributed material on rainwater harvesting to the portal
  • CISED  has provided articles and papers on bio-diversity and forests for the Portal.
  • Development Alternatives  which aims to promote sustainable national development has provided information on their network of partner organizations working on water.
  • Development Promotion Group, Chennai  put together the Sanitation Manual for the website
  • Dhan Foundation . The Dhan Foundation has provided content on tank management for the Portal.
  • DISHA, working with rural communities in Bihar has provided material on their work in rainwater harvesting.
  • Gandhigram Rural Trust  is working on rural water issues and has provided content based on its work.
  • German Agro Action  has provided its book of case studies,Best Practices in Water Management- Case Studies from Rural India for the Portal.
  • Gramalaya  has provided content based on its work in urban and rural sanitation.
  • IDCA Members of India Development Coalition of America have provided content and access to water experts.
  • India Together, Bangalore gave permission to link to articles on their site
  • Indianngos.com - Information on organizations working in water was obtained from this site
  • Megh Pyne Abhiyan Members in this project have provided brochures and fliers on rainwater harvesting in flood-affected areas.
  • MYRADA has provided content on rainfed agricultural practices which has been compiled into a manual.
  • Rainwater Club, Bangalore, Bangalore has provided a large amount of content and photographs on water for the Portal.
  • Sadguru Foundation  has provided content based on its work for the Portal.
  • Sahajeevan has provided content based on its work for the Portal
  • Sirithulli has provided a slideshow and movie on reviving urban water bodies based on its work in Coimbatore
  • Spinfo has provided mapping data that made it possible for some of the GIS applications to work.
  • TIDE has provided content based on its work in wastewater management.
  • Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research, Norwich, UK provided the data for the Meteorological Data application
  • World Resources Institute (WRI) has provided maps and content on the major River Basins in India
  • Centre for Education and Documentation (CED) with contributions from some members of Basicindia has provided maps and content for the Climate change section

The following government agencies have provided material and data for the Water Portal

  • CGWA Data on ground water like depth, recharge and abstraction were obtained from the CGWA site
  • CPCB Data on water pollution like BOD, COD and other contaminations were obtained from CPCB documents.
  • Planning Commission of the Government of India has provided their database of NGOs for the Organization Locator application
  • Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department , Government of Karnataka has given the village-level data for all of Karnataka to be used on the Portal.
  • State Resource Center - Karnataka, Mysore has provided a book on Rainwater Harvesting
  • Survey of India Base maps for the GIS applications.

The following individuals contributed to the portal: 

  • Anupam Mishra :- He has contributed his books for the Portal. His talk in Bangalore earlier this year was made into a course for the portal
  • Claire Arni and Oriole Henri :- They have contributed the culture write ups and photographs for the Cauvery Basin
  • Subramaniam Sastry :- wrote the software for the News portion of the website Reinier Kernkamp also helped with this
  • Vishal Kiritkumar Mehta :- created the Meteorological Data application as part of his Ph.D research work at Cornell University, USA, with assistance from a fellowship from Arghyam.

Suvarna Jala Partners :-

Suvarna Jala is a project of the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Dept. of the Government of Karnataka. Partners in the implementation are Geo Rainwater Club, CART, Prerana, BIRD-K and several other NGOs and organizations.

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