Our fellows either implement a new project in one of the 12 thematic program areas or continue an alumni's project, if feasible.
The project selection is done on basis of their interest and skill set.
Browse through the projects to know more about their work.
Our fellows have worked in diverse fields to impart education in rural areas. From Computer education to setting up a mobile library and from sex education to e-learning, SBI Youth for India fellows has brought ineffective means of enhancing literacy.
Our fellows with support from our partner NGOs, who work through a network of community health workers and government agencies, are helping Primary Health Centres (PHC) to tackle health related issues with a special focus on maternity care, child care, safe drinking water, and sanitation.
Our fellows have adopted a very holistic approach to implementing diverse projects that promote sustainable development. Their projects are helping not only to cut down the causes of pollution but are also trying to generate alternative sources of employment.
To fuel the growth of our country, it is crucial to ensure enough food reserves for the billion-strong population. SBI Youth for India fellows are active in this field and working towards guaranteed food security and self-reliance at the grass root.
Agrarian crisis is increasing in India and farmers cannot depend on farming as the only source of income. Through our partner NGOs, SBI Youth for India fellows work towards delivering innovative solutions to provide a sustainable livelihood for the community. This is done through measures like promoting organic processes, capacity building of community members, value addition to production and marketing processes, adoption of improved farming practices and others.
SBI Youth for India recognizes the importance of culture and its role in the development of any nation. Unfortunately, India's traditional crafts have been marginalized by cheaper mass-produced alternatives. Many art forms have been lost and traditions continue to die every day. Our fellows work hand in hand with our partner NGOs to achieve capacity building to support livelihoods and preservation of tribal culture and art forms to ensure their sustainability.
Women in rural India have limited access to education, economic independence, sanitation and basic human rights. It is imperative that women be integrated into rural India's growth story. SBI Youth for India fellows have worked on creating sustainable income sources for eliminating poverty and encouragement or grass root entrepreneurship. Not only does it increase self-reliance, it also helps to address the issue of economic viability and scalability.
Rural areas and urban areas need different policies to address issues. It is critical to keep in mind the interests of rural communities and encourage their role in policymaking. SBI Youth for India fellows understand the importance of local self-governance and with our partner NGOs work towards uniting communities, ensuring participation of weaker sections in socio-economic development to ensure the long-term sustainability of the development process through community ownership.
30% of the rural population still lack access to safe drinking water. The growing water crisis enhances the importance of Water Resources Management (WRM). Our partner NGOs have Watershed Development projects in selected village clusters to provide drinking water security, to boost agriculture and livestock production, particularly for the benefit of weaker sections of society.
The application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the rural sector has been relatively slow owing to poor ICT infrastructure, lack of awareness and local language issues. ICT has huge scope for innovation and application. It also has immense application across thematic areas from healthcare, education, climate, weather and emergency response activities to supporting livelihoods. SBI Youth for India fellows have used ICT as a means to combat rural poverty and foster sustainable development through creating empowered societies and supporting livelihoods.
Electricity consumption per capita in rural areas is one of the lowest in the world mainly because of unavailability, which in turn, has an adverse effect on agricultural productivity. In today's scenario, where the adverse effects of global warming are clearly visible, there is a dire need for sustainable energy sources. SBI Youth for India fellows have worked on projects that encourage the use of bio-diesel, smokeless chullahs, and solar photovoltaic applications to provide rural households with access to renewable energy.