Livelihoods News

Orissa became the first state to launch the NRLM, aimed at reducing rural poverty by providing self-employment and skilled jobs to people below the poverty line.

The Asian Development Bank has approved a $400 million loan designed to promote rural development in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The loan will be used to support the state’s efforts to provide better education and 24-hour electricity services to people living in its poorest regions. The money will be disbursed in several tranches, with the first one worth $200 million, according to the Business Standard.

The Government of India, after taking into account the existing vocational training facilities and realistic demand for skilled workers in the country, has introduced a new Skills Policy.

The aim of the Policy is to achieve rapid and inclusive growth through enhancing individuals’ employment prospects and ability to adapt to changing technologies and labour market demands, improving productivity and living standards of workers and strengthening global competitiveness of the country.

It is expected that the ageing population phenomenon will globally create a skilled manpower shortage of approximately 56.5 million by 2020 and if skill development schemes of India succeed we would have a skilled manpower surplus of about 47 million by this time.



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Tripura has secured second position in the country after Orissa for introducing model accounting system in Panchayat Raj system and village committees.The accounting system in Panchayat Raj and Village Committees were brought under CAG for auditing and a special software known as Panchayat Raj Institution Accounting or commonly known as PRIA soft was introduced following the advice of the central government.


There's a larger question of whether development needs to be so aggressive and at the cost of local people and their livelihoods. This is the high time to understand the meaning of "Democracy and Rights to Livelihoods" which should be the base for the country like India to achieve its targets with inclusive growth.

Five winning NGOs include Jan Chetna Manch (Health and Well-Being), Foundation to Educate Girls Globally (Education), Prajwala (Economic Security & Livelihoods), The Hunger Project (Governance) and STEPS Women Development Organisation (Socio-Cultural Rights).

The number of poor people in the developing world has reached 44 million since June due to surging food prices, according to the World Bank.

The project will benefit millions of Kenyans, who will be directed to anonymously contact government officials via text messaging when they find any kind of service that is lacking or missing from their communities.

Fishermen pitch huts on the sandbar in the middle of the Godavari at Rajahmundry to store fish catch. They are taking risk for their livelihoods and income, which can be mitigated by proper risk management strategies developed in advance. Risk may be  from cyclone, high waves and all kind of bad weathers. Risk management may help to protect their lives and livelihoods during unforeseen conditions.

A in-depth understanding is require for the community before they setup pitch huts to store fish catch, which needs to be safe before they bring them to the shore to sell. Also their entire effort may be effected with any unforeseen condition which could happen anytime and they may face loss of income.

A proper risk managment startegies to store fish catch will always be helpful to the fishermen.


The Right to Information Act, originally intended to halt corruption and encourage transparency, has become a tool for poor communities to access and realise their right to development.Parbati, a soap seller from Kalur in Tamil Nadu, had not received her pension for five years until her grandson heard about the law and they jointly requested information on the delay from their local officials. A week later, Parbati’s new pension book was in her hand.