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Organization Name: Drishtee

Organization Description: Drishtee is a social organization working for rural communities of over 6000 villages in various states in India, with a strong presence in Assam, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. We also have our presence in parts of Rajasthan, West Bengal, Orissa, M.P., Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and some other North Eastern states. Drishtee aims to develop and nurture more than 500,000 sustainable rural livelihoods in next 5 years, in partnership with local communities and external stakeholders. This entails the role of a catalyst for community building and an in depth understanding of rural life and businesses for forging partnerships.

Progress and development of villages is possible only when families realize and accept the need for coming together as a community for fulfilling their basic common needs. It is important that they realize that their economic unsustainability may have external influence but the core of the solution lies in their aggregation. Drishtee is betting on the willingness of rural families to invest, sacrifice and contribute towards this common cause. Once the village embarks on the path of organizing themselves, the focus is on identifying their skill and resource gaps which needs outside support. There are capacity building needs, capital needs and above all requirement of channel support for accessing markets. Drishtee takes these needs to stakeholders such as local government, civil society organizations and CSR of large corporations seeking partnerships on behalf of these community organizations.

Vision: Drishtee envisions a world where all communities are empowered to achieve shared prosperity.

MissionTo engage and collaborate with marginalized communities to develop and nurture 500,000 rural livelihoods sustainably by 2020.

Organisation Website

City: Noida

State/Province: Uttar Pradesh

Country: India


Volunteer Position Details

Job Title: Rural Research Internship

Job Function: Social Research and Survey

Language Requirements: English, Hindi, preferably Punjabi

Description of Volunteer Opportunity:

1. What is the specific project?

About The Research: The Japan Research Institute limited has to conduct macro-economic survey, rural survey, competitive analysis and business model analysis. To conduct the Project effectively, JRI selects DRISTHEE FOUNDATION as a partner for field survey in India.

2. What is its goal?

Understand rural needs, daily and seasonal behavioural pattern, consumption attitudes, business transaction (income and expenditure) etc. Understand business ecosystem in rural areas including:

Structures of supply chains of commodities and services including commercial vehicles (motor truck), agricultural machinery, agricultural materials, agricultural management support, financial services which organization has what functions to meet local needs, Financial transaction in particular payment, loans screening (due diligence) and repayment

3. What tasks will you want the volunteer to do?

To identify appropriate interviewees, to arrange and implement interview researches with JRI and provide minutes of interviews. Support in documentation of the data from the interviews of the stakeholders.

Accompany JRI for conducting the survey: guiding, coordinating, interviewing (communicating between JRI and the interviewees). The person to accompany will speak English and standard local language of the state to be visited.

4. Why is this important to your organization?

It is important for our organisation on two basis:

  • JRI and Drishtee as being a partner, this research will strengthen the relationship
  • For understanding the ecosystem and its supply chain of the location Punjab

Desired Skills and Expertise:

1. Understanding of Local socio economic and political context.

2. Knowledge of data analysis

3. Proficiency in documentation, MS office and internet explorers

4. Preferably who can speak in Punjabi and translate in English or Hindi.

5. Good in community engagement

6. Knowledge of Agriculture

7. Good communication skills and respectful behaviour

Volunteer Logistics: Estimated Time Commitment (Hours per Week): Average 42 hrs

Estimated duration of project: 1 month (1 st May -31 st may)

Location- On site, Punjab- Amritsar and Taran Taran , IFFCO- Raya block and Jandiala block in Amritsar , Non IFFCO- Budha Theh and Varpal in Amritsar.


Stipend: INR. 6000 only

Certificate: Yes: Would be provided a certificate of community service

Travel allowance: Yes : covered by Drishtee

Work related expenses: Yes : covered by Drishtee

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