Sehgal Foundation engages in strategic partnerships to build strong synergies and collaborate with organizations that help make a greater impact in the lives of rural people. Sehgal Foundation continues to strengthen its knowledge base and expand village interventions by working with government, nonprofits, academia, and corporate organizations.

We thank all individual donors for their contributions toward various rural development projects. Every partner ensures value.

Below is a brief snapshot of a few ongoing and/or recently completed partnership projects.

The Sehgal Foundation based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt private foundation that was first established in 1998. The US team works closely with the non-resident Indian community in Iowa and elsewhere to support the development work by S M Sehgal Foundation and others interested in development work in India.

Krishi Jyoti

This project aims to enhance farm productivity and empower farmers in the community to lead more secure and prosperous lives. A key component is promoting water conservation in villages and supporting the development of infrastructures in villages to conserve water. The project also promotes education of children in these remote villages by offering them a healthy learning environment which entails, at a minimum, the provision of potable water, decent sanitary facilities, and a safe school building.

Jaldhara III

This project promotes integrated water management for improved livelihoods and food security. The project supports villagers in the building of rainwater harvesting structures to collect, store, and recharge groundwater, and creates infrastructures to manage household wastewater. The project trains farmers on the application of scientific knowledge in farming practices and water-efficient irrigation techniques in agriculture.

Samagra Krishi

This project aims at making small and marginal farming more remunerative by promoting sustainable practices to boost farm productivity. These practices focus on improved agriculture methods, integrated nutrient management practices to sustain soil fertility, horticulture development, livestock management, rejuvenation of linkages with governance structures and market, and access to information on agronomic practices, schemes, and extension services.

Unnat Krishi

This project is aimed at making semi-medium holding farmers competent in areas of soil nutrient management and high-yielding crop varieties through technical handholding, information dissemination, and liaising with state agricultural departments.

Bridging the Internet literacy gap and promoting life skills

The project bridges the knowledge gap between rural and urban youth, improves participation of rural youth in governance, and builds their confidence by promoting Internet literacy and life skills education. Access to such information will ease and improve the lives of the rural youth and their families.

Integrated Village Development

Integrated Village Development project titled Umeed (hope) project aims to improve the lives of rural communities in areas of natural resource management, clean energy, health and hygiene, life skills, agriculture livelihoods, and rural infrastructure. The project goal is to create positive change in the lives of 5,000 villagers including adolescent girls, young women and mothers, school-going and dropout children, farmers, and the elderly.

Provide a healthy and safe learning environment to school children

This project involves the renovation of physical infrastructures and deteriorated government school buildings in a village. This includes repairing the existing structural weaknesses of buildings, creating new and safer infrastructures, and providing an environment that is conducive to better learning. This intervention is designed to retain and increase school attendance and improve students’ academic performance.

Bridging the Internet literacy gap and promoting life skills

This project trains students from government schools in villages on the workings of digital devices such as tablets and laptops with an eventual focus on Internet literacy, thus connecting them with the outside world. The project further focuses on the development of social and emotional skills, knowledge about health and sanitation as well as government programs, schemes, and rights.

Kaushal Krishak

This project aims to offer holistic solution to minimize farmer’s risk, decrease cultivation cost and increase farm income, particularly for smallholder farmers. The project provides advisory and on-site demonstration services to farmers to promote minimal or no tillage in wheat and paddy, improve yields and quality, and reduce cost of inputs. A mobile ​a​gri c​linic has been established as part of this project to provide diagnostics and advisory services to the farmers.

Creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women in India

This project focuses on assessing the needs and aspirations of women and girls in terms of skill development. Subsequently, the project team encourages these girls and women to participate in skill training programs organized by UNDP.

Installation of pressurized recharge wells for creating freshwater pockets

This project harvests rainwater from school rooftops and through pressurized recharge wells, creates freshwater pockets in saline groundwater areas to makes water available for drinking and cooking purposes.

Check dam construction

As part of this project, a check dam of 185 m in length and 2.4 m in height is being constructed at Sukha Khola in Rawli village on the Haryana and Rajasthan border to conserve and harvest rainwater runoff from the nearby Aravalli hills. In addition, four gabions and nallah bunds have been constructed, and 98 contour trenches have been dug on the upstream side of the check dam to manage rainwater runoff and increase the percolation rate.

Rainwater-based community-managed sustainable solutions

This project involves the creation of community-managed water management models to fulfill the domestic water demands of select water-scarce villages.

Augmenting Productivity of Lead crops

This project carried out in five villages of Nagina block of Mewat District of Haryana aims to augment productivity of lead crops—wheat and mustard. The major interventions include dairy development, animal nutrition management, vaccinations, insurance, deworming, integrated crop nutrient management, soil testing, composting techniques, field days, farmers’ training, bank linkages, and exposure visits.

Gram Uday

This project aims to empower rural citizens to play a leading role in the communities and build knowledge and skills of farmers to make agriculture and allied activities more remunerative. It provides information about government programs and services through ​a ​toll​-​free number, builds capacities of villagers to engage effectively with ​​panchayats ​(village councils) ​and ​village-level institutions for improving access to government programs. ​Farmers ​are given exposure ​on agriculture management practices, use of new technology, and ​are encouraged to ​adopt allied agricultural activities such as horticulture and livestock development.

Other partnerships we have done include:

Corporate Partners

Academic / Research Partners

Nonprofit Institutions

Coca-Cola India Foundation

The Institute of Social Sciences

Center for Development and Population Activities

Mosaic India Pvt. Ltd.

The Center for Social Research

Development Alternatives

The Mosaic Company Foundation

University of Iowa

Pardada Pardadi Educational Society

KMG Foundation

Jindal Global Law School

Aravali Vikas Sangathan

Times of Money

University of Baltimore


Misr Hytech Seed “International”

Institute of Rural Management

Mewat Social and Educational Development Society

K+S Kali GmbH Fertilizers (India) Pvt Ltd

St. Catherine University

Mamta- Health Institute for Mother and Child

Coca-Cola Foundation, USA

Georgetown University

Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses

Maruti Suzuki India Limited

Haryana Agricultural University

One World South Asia

Aide et Action

Transparency International

International Development Research Cente

Dr. Shroff’s Charitable Eye Hospital

Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development

The Energy and Resources Institute

York University, Canada

Sesame Workshop India Trust


Trees for Life

Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust

Global Development Network

Charities Aid Foundation

Navjyoti India Foundation

Nourish International

Swades Foundation


Semi Government

Conservation Partners

Mewat Development Agency


International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

Haryana Institute of Public Administration

Haryana Institute of Rural Development

Ashoka trust for Research in Ecology ad Environment

Ministry of Agriculture

Missouri Botanical Garden

Ministry of Panchayati Raj

Institute of Biotechnology Overseas

Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

Plant Database Consortium

Dept. of Education, Govt of Haryana

Trees for Life

Govt. of Japan-Embassy of Japan

William L. Brown Center

Niti Aayog (Planning Commission)

Dharma Vana Arboretum

World Food Prize

Multinational Organizations




Millennium Alliance ( USAID, UKAID, FICCI, DST, ICCo, ICICI Foundation, WISH Foundation)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)