Socio Economic Development Trust

Where We Are

Work of SEDT is focused in more than 350 villages of 17 blocks of Parbhani, Hingoli and Buldhana districts of Marathwada and Vidharbha regions of Maharastra State.

With the work in child education and Science Center in particular, we extended the work to 12 districts of Marathwada, Vidharbha, Khandesh regions and the tribal belt of Western Maharashtra.

About - The People and Socio-Economic Dynamics in the Region

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the region. Though the area is located in the main drainage of Godavari River, it is facing recurrent drought with constant variations of rains and prolonged gaps. The indiscriminate siphoning of ground water over the years and little efforts to recharge it has resulted into depletion of ground water level and water scarcity.

The rural folks are facing brunt of drought, poverty and disparity. Lack of alternate livelihood opportunities and limited opportunities of gainful employment has further weakened the back bone of rural economy of the region. These districts are considered as the poorest districts along with many others in the country.

The salient features of the work area are mentioned below-

  • Low literacy ratio, gender inequality and casteism
  • Lack of availability of educational infrastructure and skill development facilities
  • Poor quality of education and high rate of school drop-out especially in girl child
  • High rate of unemployment among youths and limited income generation activities
  • Discrimination and exploitation of children and women
  • Gender discrimination- secondary status of women in society, drudgery of work, injustice and domestic abuse
  • Poor health status of children, adolescent girls and women
  • Prevalence of social abuse like girl child feticide, early marriage, dowry system and domestic violence
  • Agrarian economy with very limited extension of agri-allied businesses
  • Lowering profits from agriculture owing to uncertain and eccentric rainfall, increased production costs owing to heavy usage of chemicals and market uncertainty
  • Broken institutions and poor service delivery system at grass-root
  • Lack of information among people about - their rights in democracy and myriad government schemes - resulting into poor functioning and implementation of the programs and services.
  • Dominance and favoritism of landlords and moneylenders in local politics making the weak further weaker

These factors have webbed life of people in poverty, misery and distress. In this socio-economic dynamics, women and children face the bottlenecks in particular. The rate of exploitation and abuse is high when it comes to women and children.