Arid Communities and Technologies (ACT) is a professional voluntary organization based at in the arid region of Kutch. The aim of the organization is to strengthen the livelihoods of communities in arid and semi-arid regions by supporting communities to resolve ecological constraints through facilitation, or by providing access to technologies and also to endangering technological and institutional solutions. Registered under Societies Act, 1860 and Charitable Trust Act, 1950, ACT was founded by a group of like-minded young professionals interested in improving the quality of development programs through the use of technology.
ACT attempts to strengthen livelihoods of communities in arid and semi-arid region by resolving ecological constraints through provision or facilitation access to technologies and engendering technologies
To fulfill the aim of organization, ACT works through the following major programs:
1. Participatory Groundwater Management (PGWM) in Arid Regions of the country
2. Demonstration of Urban Watershed through PGWM approach
3. Training and Capacity building of Barefoot Hydro-geologists
ACT extends technical support to individuals, institutions and communities working in the field, to undertake innovative and action-research oriented projects following an agenda set by the communities themselves. One of its core areas of work is the implementation of innovative projects like community aquifer management. ACT also builds a knowledge-base of technological and institutional solutions for natural resource management in arid and semi-arid regions. It develops Geographic Information Systems-enabled databases of natural resources and associated knowledge systems of Kutch and other arid parts of Gujarat. One of its key activities is to engage in policy advocacy at various levels through collaborative activities with Government and Non-governmental agencies.
The organization is working in water and land management areas and has experiences various kinds of projects focused on land and water resource management planning, impact assessments, geo-hydrological studies, basin management, feasibility studies, action research, and capacity building in rural as well as urban areas. In various parts of states as well as country, organization has been executed various projects since last 16 years.