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State of India’s Livelihoods Report 2015

State of India’s Livelihoods Report 2015

First Edition

December 2015 | 204 pages | SAGE India

State of India’s Livelihoods Report (SOIL Report) is an annual publication that addresses contemporary issues in the livelihoods sector. It is the only document that aggregates the experiences and challenges of the sector, analyses case studies and reports progress of both government-run and privately run programmes.

This volume of the report provides an overview and analyses the policies and funding framework through an examination of budget allocations, new policy pronouncements, large programmes initiated and reviews how legislative efforts have a bearing on livelihoods. Four flagship programmes have been taken up for an assessment of performance, among which the dairy sector has been examined in some depth as it provides substantial livelihood opportunities to vulnerable households. This sector covers the topical theme of skill development in the country. Non-farm sector livelihoods, especially in handloom, handicrafts and village industries have also been reviewed. The aftermath of the introduction of corporate social responsibility (CSR) obligations and private-sector engagements with livelihoods has also been examined in this report. As its regular feature, this report takes stock of the ongoing and emerging policy initiatives of the Government of India that are in various stages of formulation and adoption.


Foreword by Vipin Sharma
Overview: Taking Stock
Policy and Financing Framework for Livelihoods
Some Important Programmes in Livelihoods: Searching for Focus?
Dairy-based Livelihoods
Producer Companies: Aggregation and Value Creation for Farmer–Where Is the Goalpost?
Skilling India: An Aspirational Challenge
Non-farm Sector Enterprises and Employment
Private Sector Engagement in Livelihoods and Corporate Social Responsibility
Conclusion: How Will Livelihoods Be Meaningful and Inclusive?

Narasimhan Srinivasan

Narasimhan Srinivasan has been pursuing his personal interests in financial inclusion, rural finance and livelihoods after three decades in RBI and NABARD. He is currently active as an expert adviser and international consultant for different multilateral and national organisations. He had authored the well-known publication on microfinance, State of the Sector Report on Microfinance in India, for five years and the 2015 and 2016 edition of SOIL Report jointly with Girija Srinivasan. He serves as an independent director on boards of a bank, a few companies and trusts. He is a member of several industry forums on the themes of financial... More About Author

Girija Srinivasan

Girija Srinivasan is an expert in development finance and rural livelihoods with more than 30 years of extensive experience of development banking, consulting, technical assistance and studies. After an initial career as a development banker for 14 years, she had taken to consulting working with a wide variety of international and national organisations. She has authored books and documents on community-based approaches in development finance and livelihoods. She has authored the Social Performance Report in Microfinance for four years, from 2011 to 2014. She authored the SOIL Report 2015 and 2016 jointly with N. Srinivasan. She serves on... More About Author

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