The 2001 earthquake brought the need for a systematic and timely strategy and it laid the foundation for relief coordination centers to facilitate access of the most vulnerable to relief measures, and channel the relief providers to those most requiring it. With support from SDC, UNDP and Federation for Ecological Security, Kutch Nav Nirman Abhiyan set up 33 such centers, popularly know as SETUs meaning a bridge, covering 468 affected villages which became people-centered nodal information facilities and support centers for the community, Government, and the myriad Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) who were supporting the rehabilitation efforts.
Setus’ main goal is to promote, strengthen and legitimize the capacities and self-governance of PRI. They provide information, training, and exposure to best practices and play a brokerage function linking the demand defined in PRI’s development plans, and the different agencies supplying knowledge and resources for implementation. Setu’s bring together communities, NGOs, donors, and the Government, without them spending or holding a single rupee of/for the programmes/projects.
Setus has initiated a Learning Hub and developed a course / program on Local Governance and Citizenship. The course envisages consolidate structured knowledge building on good practices for Decentralised local Governance. It has engaged the change makers – within civil society in Kutch, Gujarat, and India, key leaders from the Local Governance Institutions, and selected administrators from the grass-root.