Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009
This description of Jyoti Sharma's work was prepared when Jyoti Sharma was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Jyoti Sharma is closing a generational gap in water resource management knowledge by developing a citizen-based water management system run by a competent, decentralized local authority. She involves stakeholders from the community, hydrology experts, business leaders, and local politicians in a process that enables communities to create local pockets of water security. Jyoti’s goal is to return ownership of water demand decisions to the community and build a network that is capable of self-regulating consumption. By grounding the process of conservation in the communities where water is a source of life, Jyoti is creating a new model of self-sufficiency for a resource that was formerly outside the control of citizens.
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