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Project Pitch By: Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)

 

Proposed Project Title


Comprehensive Livelihood Project in collaboration with DAY-NRLM

 

Thematic Area

Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care, sanitation & safe drinking water

Sub Thematic Area

Livelihood Programmes

Project Synopsis

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), is the flagship program of Government of India to strengthen rural livelihoods. There is good progress in rolling out different livelihood interventions, but it has not been able to create a discernible positive impact among the poorest of the poor. However, DAY-NRLM recognizes that catering to the poorest of the poor requires a comprehensive livelihood approach. The existing crop-specific interventions do not sufficiently address the aspects of inclusion of poorest of poor, optimal and sustainable use of resources, significant economic return for the families, and inclusion of women. DAY-NRLM has sought support from PRADAN to pilot around comprehensive livelihoods, to develop a pragmatic pathway for carrying out livelihood interventions addressing the above concerns. With the successful grounding of this pilot, it is expected that the Mission would adopt the comprehensive livelihood approach as a universal strategy for strengthening rural livelihoods across the country.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 1.0 Cr - INR 5.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh

Key Project Partners
Government,Gram Panchayat,Gram Panchayat

Project Status
Proposed
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Women
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Youth
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 1000 and above Families
Status of Baseline Survey: Yet To Be Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

 

Comprehensive Livelihood - The Idea:
The idea is to work on the need and aspiration of rural communities, especially the poorer households through the adoption of mutually reinforcing bottom-up basket of livelihood options. This idea is based upon the core principle of optimum and sustainable utilization of existing natural resources and is envisioned to be led by strong women collectives. It is expected to offer results in three concrete terms: income enhancement, nutritional security, and women empowerment. 
The goal of the project is enhanced income opportunities and increased nutrition security for the Rural Households in NRLM intensive blocks. There are five key outputs expected out of the implementation plan. They are as per the following:

Comprehensive Livelihood - The Idea:

The idea is to work on the need and aspiration of rural communities, especially the poorer households through the adoption of mutually reinforcing bottom-up basket of livelihood options. This idea is based upon the core principle of optimum and sustainable utilization of existing natural resources and is envisioned to be led by strong women collectives. It is expected to offer results in three concrete terms: income enhancement, nutritional security, and women empowerment. The goal of the project is enhanced income opportunities and increased nutrition security for the Rural Households in NRLM intensive blocks. There are five key outputs expected out of the implementation plan. They are as per the following:

  • Increased access to women collectives to the relevant stakeholders and institutions for income enhancement and nutrition security.
  • Increased asset base at the household, village and cluster level to pursue round the year livelihood for significant economic return and nutrition security.
  • Enhanced skills of women to perform as active economic agents.
  • Increase in understanding of NRLM staff regarding different aspects of comprehensive livelihood.
  • Increase in skill and competency of NRLM staff to facilitate community with an enhanced understanding

Two major outcomes have been envisaged through these five key outputs. Firstly, Developed pathways for inclusive, scalable and sustainable livelihood promotion for large scale replication by DAY-NRLM. Secondly, Empowered DAY-NRLM staff to implement the developed pathways in all NRLM intensive blocks.


Project Area and inclusiveness:

The project will be implemented in a cluster of villages on a saturation mode in the following areas:

 Sl No

 

State

 

District



 

Villages

 

Number of Households

 

 1

 

Odisha

  

Bolangir &


Kalahandi


 40

 

4000

 2

 Chattisgarh


Rajnandgaon


& Sarguja

 

40

 

4000

 3

 Jharkhand


Ranchi &


Saraikela

 

40


 4000

 4

Madhya Pradesh



  Dindori &


Balaghat


 

40

 

4000

 

Total


 4




 8


160

 

16000


The average households per village in these areas are 90-100. The project will make special efforts to include marginalized communities and categories such as Tribal, Dalit, Single women, Destitute, Differently abled, Small and Marginal farming households. 

 

 
 

Salient Features

  1. Facilitating DAY-NRLM realize its potential in terms of reaching out the last person in the queue i.e. the most marginalized farmers of rural India
  2. Income enhancement, nutritional security and women empowerment
  3. Increase in understanding of NRLM staff regarding different aspect of comprehensive livelihood
 

About Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)

PRADAN is a not-for-profit organization that works with the remote, rural populace in seven states of Central and Eastern India to facilitate the transform lives of the marginalized sections of the society. PRADAN recruits and trains young professionals from across the country to engage with poor communities at the grassroots. Over 36 years of its existence PRADAN has also been shaping the larger development agenda, and partnered many State Governments and Departments to design and implement initiatives that impact and transform the lives of the rural poor. Every rupee invested in PRADAN’s teams triggers INR 4 of program investment in creating assets and capabilities for the people residing in abject poverty and translates into INR 11 of income for families. We are also the National Support Organisation for the Ministry of Rural Development and Agriculture, which is a knowledge and capacity building role in these key ministries. As of 31st March 2019, PRADAN touched 4 million rural poor people across 37 of the country's poorest districts. Going forward, we seek to expand our outreach to 1.5 million rural poor families (~10 million people) by 2022, in 52 districts of India, to realize our shared vision of a just and equitable society.

 
 

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