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MOVE: Market Oriented Value Enhancement for Commodities and Services: A Trainer's Manual to Promote Access to Markets for the Poor, 2012

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Supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust

BPF's pioneering model for livelihoods - MOVE - tailored for Commodities and Services

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The Port Sector in India: A Needs Assessment of the Political Environment and Advocacy Strategies for Unions, 2012

For the International Transport Workers' Federation

The Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) regulates the entry of private companies into the port sector in India. Their orders as of 28 February 2012, lowered tariffs, threatening the very survival of the industry. The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), a global federation of unions, has been working with its affiliates in India to address labour issues in the port sector. It engaged BPF to conduct strategic communications with companies and unions to assess the types of interventions that could help port workers in this environment.

Integrating Microfinance and Livelihoods: The Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) Experience, 2011

Integrating Microfinance

For HIVOS

Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) is a learning and development organisation active in rural Maharashtra and other states. This project comprehensively documents its initiatives, lessons and insights, with a view to facilitating women's access to microfinance, livelihoods, health and other services.

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Gender Toolkit for Centres of Advanced Technology and Training, 2007

Advanced Technology and Training

For GTZ, an Indo-German bilateral technical cooperation initiative

Women currently constitute just nine per cent of students enrolled in India's industrial training institutes. To stay globally competitive with countries that are emphasising skilling across the board, and to give women access to better paid jobs, industries must build a large, technologically skilled workforce responsive to market needs. Since women constitute half the workforce, upgrading their skills is of the foremost importance.

In 2007-08, BPF undertook a study whose primary objective was to develop a gender strategy that would expand technical opportunities for women and promote their participation in vocational training in non-traditional, male dominated technical and vocational education and training institutes (TVETs).

Commissioned by GTZ, an Indo-German bilateral technical cooperation initiative, we researched technical training institutes across five states in India. Our findings shaped a five-module gender toolkit centred on gender planning, budgeting, sensitisation, implementation of gender plans, and monitoring. They revealed that open access alone does not boost the enrollment of women in TVETs. What is required is a deliberate gender strategy that entails active recruitment, adaption to the needs of women and dialogue on gender mainstreaming.

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Feasibility Study Toward Application of MOVE for Creating Sustainable Livelihoods in West Bengal, 2007

Feasibility Study

Commissioned by Department of Panchayats and Rural Development, Government of West Bengal

A participatory rapid appraisal with multiple stakeholders to assess the potential for applying the MOVE methodology to enable members of federations and SHGs to assess markets and create sustainable livelihoods.

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Feasibility Report for the Implementation of MOVE in Tsunami-Affected Areas, Tamil Nadu, 2006

Feasibility Report

Commissioned by CARE, India

A feasibility study to determine if MOVE could be applied to promote sustainable livelihoods in tsunami-hit villages of Tamil Nadu. The study involved a participatory rapid appraisal with multiple stakeholders in six villages with almost 3,000 households.

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Final Impact Assessment of the CASHE Programme: West Bengal, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, 2006

In partnership with CARE, Delhi

The Credit and Savings for Household Enterprise (CASHE) programme supports the development of community-based and owned micro-finance organisations and enables their access to capacity building services. This study assesses its impact across three states vis-a-vis control groups, its log frame indicators and overall goals.

Market Oriented Value Enhancement (MOVE): A Trainer's Manual to Promote Access to Market for the Landless and Women, 2006

MOVE landless

BPF gender/ livelihood innovation

Turning the poor into entrepreneurs can radically transform their standard of living and social status. BPF's Market Oriented Value Enhancement (MOVE) methodology teaches participants to understand and enter the market through an innovative tool called a Participatory Market Appraisal.

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Evaluation of Micro-Finance and Housing Initiatives, 2005

GRET, France

An evaluation of micro-finance initiatives for housing through Namma Mane in four sites in Karnataka.

Building Women's Capacities to Access Markets in the Peri-Urban Interface: The Hardware and Software Required

Women's Capacity

Urban Agriculture magazine, May 2004

Livelihood initiatives often overlook the needs of landless women, who tend to be less mobile and encumbered by reproductive responsibilities. This article makes a strong case for addressing the issue by a) building their capacity to understand markets b) mobilising them into groups c) creating innovative financial instruments, and d) providing a marketing infrastructure.

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Responding to Urban Opportunity: Can the Very Poor Be Part of This

NRSP

Natural Resources Systems Programme newsletter, 2002-03

Although peri-urban markets offer significant livelihood opportunities, the poorest women find it exceedingly difficult to succeed. Strategies developed by governments and NGOs to address the issue usually take into account only those with either some land or assets. It was in response to this that BPF, working in the peri-urban interface of Hubli-Dharwad, created an innovation called MOVE . This article identifies key factors that enable the poorest, illiterate women in peri-urban areas to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves.

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The Beedi Sector in India: An Overview - Improving Working Conditions and Employment Opportunities for Women Workers in the Beedi Industry, 2001

Beedi

For ILO and the Department of Labour, Government of Karnataka

A comprehensive overview of India's beedi industry and the goals and expected outcomes of ILO's beedi sector programme. The report recommends a two pronged strategy of working with the community that includes a) mobilising female relatives of beedi workers into SHGs for alternative livelihoods, and (b) working with unions to improve the conditions of beedi workers.

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Women's Access to and Control Over Financial Resources: Towards Development and Redesigning Policy, 2000

For the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Karnataka

This study reviews self-help group programmes and concepts, identifies gaps and offers recommendations for information and field initiatives in Karnataka. The overall policy to facilitate women's access to and control over resources, was written from the perspectives of three institutional actors in the field - government, banks and the NGO sector.

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