Best Practices Foundation (BPF) is a Bangalore-based NGO founded in 1999, to improve the quality of life for poor and marginalised communities through participatory approaches to co-create innovations that are pro-poor, inclusive and gender sensitive.
Our grassroots branch, BPF Dharwad, has been an incubation site for new ideas and innovations aimed at empowering the poor since 2005.
Our Market Oriented Value Enhancement (MOVE) innovation is a unique participatory, demand-driven livelihood training model that that been very successful in empowering participants - rural and semi-urban youth, men, women, the landless and illiterate, sexual minorities and stigmatised communities below the poverty line - to break free from poverty and social marginalisation by setting up and sustaining their own entrepreneurial ventures.
Our core strength is our research and documentation capacity. We strive to build a strong knowledge base in partnership with government and other institutions by developing innovations, producing toolkits to scale up initiatives, influencing policy, documenting case studies, conducting action research and programme evaluations, and publishing books and compendiums on best practices for sustainable development. We identify gaps and best practices through participatory monitoring and evaluation in the field. We are constantly innovating to engender development initiatives.
Our implementation staff at BPF-Dharwad has done innovative work in areas such as livelihoods, vocational education, natural resource management, health and governance. Each of our team members has field experience of over 30 years. This has proved instrumental in creating innovations with the very poor. It is through their efforts that BPF has won the global award for its livelihood model MOVE, where they have personally built over 200 robust businesses. They are also well versed in tailoring the model to new populations and geographies.
At BPF, we possess the human expertise to work across the governance, gender, livelihoods, education, health, vocational training, and natural resource management sectors. Our values and work culture attract professionals, researchers and developmental practitioners from all over the world. Our multi-disciplinary team hails from premium institutes including the Delhi School of Economics, London School of Economics, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Emory University, University of East Anglia, Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), St Stephen's College, and the English and Foreign Languages University, to name a few.
BPF brings a wide range of expertise to the table through its panel of experts in specialized areas. These include gender, health, psychology, quantitative economic analysis, governance, climate change and disaster risk management, natural resource management, agriculture and marketing.
BPF partners with national and international donors, civil society organisations and government to provide research, documentation and evaluation services as well as to upscale MOVE, its livelihood innovation model.
|A Marketing Analysis of Small Millet Products, Kolli Hills||M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, funded by IDRC||2013|
|Gender Analysis of the Rural-Urban Supply Chain for Perishables in Bangalore||GIZ||2013|
|Market training for women producers of small millets||University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, funded by IDRC||2013|
|Impact Assessment of the Agastya Ecosystem in Karnataka||Agastya Foundation||2012|
|Strategic Communications on the Port Regulation Bill||Seafarers, ITF, UK||2012|
|Governance projects||Huairou Commission/UNDP||2011-12|
|Documentation of NPEGEL Activities in AMSS project area||AMSS/UNICEF||2011|
|Market Oriented Value Enhancement for MSM-T populations||KHPT||2011-12|
|Documentation of best practices for Targeted interventions for HIV/AIDS prevention||KHPT||2011|
|Community Institutions||Aga Khan Foundation||2011|
|Case Study Swayam Shikshan Prayog||HIVOS||2010-11|
|Documentation of best practices in Mahila Samakhya, a unit of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India||DFID India||2009-11|
|Training of trainers in MOVE||Swayam Shikshan Prayog||2010-11|
|Rural Urban Governance: District Planning||Sir Dorabji Tata Trust - The Asia Foundation||2009 -10|
|Production of booklet of case studies on women and decentralised governance||Huairou Commission||2009-10|
|Natural Resource Management Project||Deshpande Foundation||2010-11|
|Improve livelihoods of quarry workers through health education and market training||Deshpande Foundation||2010-11|
|Rural Urban Governance: District Planning||Sir Dorabji Tata Trust - The Asia Foundation||2008-09|
|Evaluation of Global Dialogues - Asia Region||Ford Foundation||2008-09|
|Evaluation of the West Bengal Civil Society Strengthening program||DFID India||2008-09|
|Application of Gender Toolkit in CRISP||GTZ||2008-09|
|Improve livelihoods of quarry workers through health education and market training||Deshpande Foundation||2008-09|
|MOVE for Small Scale, Medium Scale, and Large Scale Enterprises in West Bengal||Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Government of West Bengal||2008-09|
|MOVE for Services for Youth and Women||Sir Dorabji Tata Trust||2008-09|
|Community Organisation in Shivarpattana village||Kadambari||2008-09|
|Research proposals on Implementation of MOVE||NRI, DFID-Research in Use Program||2007-08|
|Evaluation of decentralized food models||USAID||2007-08|
|Feasibility study for application of MOVE in West Bengal||Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Government of West Bengal||2007-08|
|Status of Local Environmental Governance in India and Strategies for Future Action||Lead India||2007-08|
|Research on Public Sector Units and SMEs||World Bank||2006-07|
|Evaluation of microfinance programmes||CARE||2006-07|
|Layout and design of innovation documents||CARE||2006-07|
|Institutional arrangements in the peri-urban interface||IRMA, EU project||2006-07|
|Gender and Vocational Education: Research and Development of a Tool kit||GTZ||2006-07|
|Development of Proformas for RNRRS outputs funded by DFID||University of Wales||2006-07|
|Assessing capacity building needs for federations||Mahila Samakhya Karnataka||2006-07|
|Documentation of the Oni Gumpu||Mahila Samakhya Karnataka||2006-07|
|Impact assessment study||CARE||2006-07|
|Feasibility of MOVE in Tsunami affected areas||CARE||2006-07|
|Film on informal sector||HIVOS||2005|
|R8084: Uptake: Enhancing Peri-Urban Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management, Hubli-Dharwad, Karnataka state||R8084: Uptake: Enhancing Peri-Urban Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management, Hubli-Dharwad, Karnataka state||2005|
|R8084: Enhancing Peri Urban Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management, Hubli-Dharwad, Karnataka state||University of Wales, funded by DFID||2002-05|
|PD123: Gender Assessment of NRSP projects||Cambridge University, funded by DFID||2004-05|
|PD 121: Filling Gaps in Knowledge about the Peri Urban Interface around Hubli-Dharwad||DFID, NRSP||2002-03|
|R5979: Participatory action plans development for natural resources management around Hubli-Dharwad||University of Wales, DFID funded||2000-01|
|Evaluation of environmental planning and management guidelines for the peri urban interface||DPU, UCL, DFID funded||2000-01|
|Self Help Group Story Book||Books for Change||2001|
|Adopt a Village||IDS||2000-1|
|Governance and Gender||The Hunger Project||1999-2000|