Project Uddyam – Talasari Integrated Skills Development Project
Supervisor : Project Officer-Uddyam
Duty Station: Talasari, Palghar district, Maharashtra
L&T Public Charitable Trust (LTPCT) has been working in Talasari taluka, in close coordination with government departments, local governments and communities since 2011. It has undertaken several initiatives related to health, education, water, infrastructure development and agriculture in villages across the taluka.
In 2017, it forged a partnership with UNDP which would converge, leverage on and build up on existing (and past) initiatives and resources of L&T Public Charitable Trust (LTPCT), UNDP and the Government of Maharashtra (GoM) in the region. The partnership has been envisaged in two phases. Phase 1 was for one-year period to test the model of private sector partnership with UNDP in 3-gram panchayat namely Kochai-Bormal, Zari and Girgaon. Based on the learnings of phase 1, it was agreed that UNDP will develop a scale up proposal to create transformational impact in Talasari.
Phase 1 of project Uddyam focused on creating a project management system which monitors the project effectively on the ground as well as converge the activities in a focused manner to leverage the support from government. It created institutional mechanism with government such as district advisory committee headed by District Collector and Block Coordination Committee headed by Block Development Officer. It is working in close coordination with UMED & ITDP and activities are aligned to that of district administrations priorities. These platforms are being used as sharing best practices, community engagement activities and cross sector learnings through facilitated by UNDP.
The project has created an excel wise monitoring tool to monitor the income generation activity in the three gram panchayat at each family level which will be taken to the next level in next phase. It has developed cadre of 20 community resource person who are being trained to provide agri extension services besides the market linkages services to the families in 3 GP. The project has been able to demonstrate convergence with government schemes and proved that it is feasible to leverage resources from the government.
The project has developed knowledge resources like DPR on Livelihoods, skills and Warli art. It has done the baseline study of initial project period and expert opinion on livelihood activities in Talasari. It has developed SDG localisation tracking tool which will be customised and used for tracking progress on key SDGs over next three years. The project has been documented in four quarterly progress reports over last one year.
In this context, LTPCT and UNDP have discussed the next phase of joint partnership which will focus on four themes
1. Farm based livelihoods
3. Warli art based livelihoods
4. Knowledge Management
The purpose of the intervention will be making Talasari as first model convergence block in the country promoting localization of SDGs. This project period is from August 2018 to July 2021. The new phase will be completely on convergence mode where UMED, ITDP, and other line departments will come together with UNDP, LTPCT and partnering agencies to achieve the goals. The project goals are in next section below.
The Uddyam – Talasari Integrated Skills Development Project will cover all the Talasari taluka, with special focus on three group Gram Panchayats of Zari, Girgaon and Kochai-Bormal. The villages under the group gram panchayats are also part of the Sustainable Village Transformation project of the Government of Maharashtra.
Results and benefits
Longer term results
The Uddyam partnership between LTPCT and UNDP will demonstrate that how an effective multi-stakeholder partnership - between Government, Private Sector, UN and the Community - can result in an area-based intervention to bring about SDG-aligned social transformation. The long-term vision for the project is to develop Talasari as a model convergence block with special focus on poverty reduction of 3000 families in 3 GP namely Zari, Girgaon, Kochai-Bormal by the end of June 2021 which will be sustainable over a period beyond the project duration of 3 years. This will enable the families and vulnerable tribal communities in Talasari taluka of Maharashtra to experience a transformational impact in their lives. To achieve the vision, the project has four major objectives
To increase income of 3000 families in focus 3GP to INR 36,000 from baseline by July 2021 and strengthening community cadres & marketing linkages for sustainability of livelihoods across Talasari
To improve the income of warli artisans from sales of Warli products of Talasari from 8,000 to INR 24,000 per annum by July 2021
To strengthen the government delivery system and convergence ecosystem to impact all 20 GPs for improved delivery of government schemes and income enhancement to 30,000 end beneficiaries in Talasari
To create knowledge products to facilitate evidence based policy making for local governments at district and block level
The project is expected to create a sustainable ecosystem to sustain enhanced income of families of Talasari. The transformational impact will be seen in terms of:
•Increased incomes and economic well-being of the families
•Improved human development outcomes, with higher levels of productive skills and ways to engage in productive occupations
•Improved access to benefits and programmes of the Government
At the outcome level, it is expected that Uddyam will contribute to micro-level achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the following:
SDG 1End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG 2End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
SDG 3Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
SDG 4Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG 5Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG 8Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG 12Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG 17 Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
As indicated earlier, the Uddyam Project in Talasari will build on the existing work done by LTPCT in the taluka. It will also synergize directly, with interventions of the Government, convergence will be achieved with other government schemes. The Project will also draw upon the technical capabilities of non-governmental organizations with substantial sectoral experience as well as those active in the taluka. It will draw upon the global experience that UNDP brings, to learn from best practices and build a comprehensive management and monitoring system in line with the SDGs. The specific field-level strategies to be adopted by the Project are the following:
•Strengthening the existing SHG, VO & CLF and community cadre as well as government system
•Strengthening technical support cadre at the local level to implement and sustain interventions
•Creating institutions and mechanisms for backward and forward market linkage to strengthen farm and non-farm production systems
•Capacity building of community members, local governments, government departments and agencies and other stakeholders
•Close collaboration with UMED, ITDP, District and Block administration.
•Block as a unit of convergence with 3 focus GP as resource gram panchayats
•Bottom up planning & visioning exercise with convergence plan and gram panchayat development plan
•Facilitation from technical expert agency as well as individual experts in respective fields to handhold the CBOs/PRIs & their representatives for income enhancement.
•PMU will act as resource center of ITDP for Talasari
•Focus on achieving progress towards SDG goals 1,2,3,4,5,8,12,13,17
•Effective documentation and reporting of the processes, results and challenges
The project will improve upon exisiting project management and monitoring system that allows for transparent monitoring, convergence among community, local government at GP, Block and District. The project will also build collaborations with the state government, civil society organisations and the UN sister agencies. It will further strengthen the system of knowledge management through local studies required for success of the project and guiding district and block officials regarding planning and execution. The project has already developed a tool to monitor progress on relevant SDG goals for each gram panchayat. The project will further improve it for accurate capturing of progress towards SDG indicators. The project has proposed six monthly survey to monitor the progress on each indicator of the tool.
Key Activity Areas
To achieve the above results, the Uddyam project in Talasari, will focus on the following four sets of activities.
• Farm interventions
• Strengthening warli art Interventions
• Strengthening the government delivery system for convergence
• Knowledge product development to facilitate evidence-based policy making for local governments at district and block level