Supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
BPF's pioneering model for livelihoods - MOVE - tailored for Commodities and Services
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An evaluation of micro-finance initiatives for housing through Namma Mane in four sites in Karnataka.
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.
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.
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.