NEFORD Rural Development Program
NEFORD recognizes that in order to ensure that the fruits of economic reform are shared by all sections of societies, five elements of social and economic infrastructure, critical to the quality of life in rural areas are health, education, drinking water, housing and roads. NEFORD Rural Development Program includes preserving water & environment, making available safe drinking water, microcredit self-help groups, promotion of cooperatives and development of link roads and other infrastructure projects such as rural electrification & rural housing. Conservation of bio-diversity and agro-biodiversity, environment consciousness and regeneration, comprehensive watershed development and sustainable agricultural practices are some of the other thrust areas. NEFORD’s activities encourage increase in the bio-mass production by developing wastelands in the country. NEFORD’s Rural Development Program also undertakes development of desert areas and drought prone areas in the country. These aim at increasing the soil and moisture conservation and productivity of the wasteland of the degraded lands thereby increase the income of the people.
Keeping in view the needs and aspirations of the local people and improving local governance, NEFORD also works for promotion of Panchayati Raj Institutions. Micro level planning related to rural employment or unemployment is a key issue. NEFORD has, therefore, initiated a micro-finance scheme to give credit at reasonable rates of interest to women and other under privileged groups.