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Livelihood and Entrepreneurship - Key Projects

Project Name: Review of Land Tenure in Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Project
Client: DFID India

This involved review of the land tenure situation in Orissa with special reference to the Bolangir and Nuapada districts to identify the implications of the land tenure system on Project Design and Arrangements of the Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Project (WORLP). This study eventually helped in dealing with the issues of ownership and iniquities during selection and planning of watershed activities; settling lands in favour of the poor, especially women; building components and safeguards for prevention of alienation; selecting activities which do not attract unwarranted pecuniary interests and are equitable; introducing pragmatic activities which enhance the levels of economic well-being; an approach which values social inclusion as a key criterion; and finally, an institutional design which delivers, demonstrates and provides the basis for scaling up in rest of the proposed project areas.

Project Name: Documentation of Initiatives to enhance livelihoods of the Ultra Poor in Aga Khan Foundation’s SCALE project
Client: EU

Focussing on the States of Gujarat and Rajasthan, the assignment captured the best practices for replication and adoption of good practices in other regions, projects, by different agencies. The document also helps to build policy and advocacy strategies for SCALE partners at various levels. It also helps as institutional memory of AKF for use in future project designing.

Project Name: Process Monitoring of Jeevika Project - Bihar
Client: Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS)

Taru undertook the Process Monitoring of the Jeevika Project to support the implementation of the project in 9 project districts of Bihar. The main purpose of this assignment was to provide support to the implementation team to understand how and why some process adopted for various components of the projects are working and providing suitable suggestion to modify the processes as and when required. As part of the three phase assessment over one and half years, with Rapid Review Phase (during September – October 2005) and the Detailed Assessment Phase (during April 2006 – March 2007) covering over 100 watersheds spread over eight districts.

Project Name: Review of Municipal Reform and Urban Poverty Eradication in Orissa, Including a Fundamental Review of the Cuttack Urban Services Improvement Project (CUSIP) WELL
Client: DFID India

Taru appraised Urban Sector Policies and Priorities for DFID in Orissa. The review examined the existing policy and legislative framework, institutional arrangements and the state of environmental services for the poor in urban Orissa. It drew upon a Fundamental Review of the Cuttack Urban Services Improvement Project (CUSIP), to assess the potential for future DFID India- Government of Orissa partnership.

Project Name: Extension Services for Rural Poor Women in Madhya Pradesh (MP)
Client: AusAid

The situation analysis of Extension Services for Rural Poor Women in Madhya Pradesh (MP) was to inform AusAID’s proposed intervention on this theme in the State. It analysed the situation of women in India and MP, the relevant development programmes and their effectiveness and, the role of women in agriculture and extension services available to them.