Areas of Interest & Expertise
Natural Resource Management, Forest-based Livelihood, Disaster Management, Social Security
Porag is a faculty with the School of Development.
Trained in community organisation and development, Porag has worked extensively on the issues of sustainable livelihood and disaster management both within urban and rural context for the last 16 years. Porag has worked on aspects of sustainable human development, including participatory natural resource management, livelihood promotion, community organisation, disaster response and management.
He brings in rich experience of project design and management, mentoring, community organisation, capacity building as well as action research which covers a wide range of communities, livelihood options and ecosystems. During this period, he has been associated with civil societies, NGO networks, CAPART, research institutions, as well as international funding agency.
He is currently a member of Livelihood Initiative as part of the School of Development.
Connecting technical competencies in the development sector with a vision of a desired future.
The 6 day course titled ‘Rethinking Development’ provides a landscape view of the various new ways of development thinking and practice are gaining ground in India.
1) “Of the village, but not for the village” (2000 – 01)
A process documentation focusing on conflict resolution techniques arising due to clash of interest while managing Common Property Resources through people centered village institutions. (Published by DSC)
2) “Minimising cost, Maximising Benefit” (Co-authored in 2002)
The study focused on cost-benefit analysis of JFM program in 12 JFM and non-JFM villages across four districts of Gujarat. (Published by SPWD)
3) “Advantage – Watershed” (Co-authored in 2002)
An impact study of drought on 16 watershed and non-watershed villages across 08 districts of Gujarat (Published by DSC)
4) “Spread and functioning of JFM in the state” (2004)
A state level research study conducted in 206 JFM villages of Gujarat focusing on the spread and functioning of the JFM programme in the state of Gujarat. The study was part of the National level study conducted across 09 states. (Published by Oxford University Press)
5) “India and Disasters” (2004)
A discussion paper on disasters in India and the initiatives of Central and State government towards Disaster preparedness and mitigation. Currently being used as study material by World Bank Institute.