• UNDP’s Support to Rajasthan Mission on Skill and Livelihoods | Alexandra Solovieva

    02 Jul 2012

    UNDP’s Support to Rajasthan Mission on Skill and Livelihoods | Alexandra Solovieva
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    UNDP’s support to the RMOL project (Rajasthan Mission on Skill and Livelihoods) since 2004, recently culminated in a terminal evaluation that found it highly satisfactory in all dimensions. On 28 June, 2012, I attended the state level dissemination workshop at which the findings of the evaluation were discussed.

    In the workshop in Jaipur, attended by the State Minister, Primary and Secondary Education Mangi Lal Garasia; former Chief Secretary who has looked after RMOL from its establishment; Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment; Managing Director of RSLDC (to succeed RMOL); Senior Vice President of BASICS, other officials, evaluation findings were shared and way forward discussed, including good experiences on skills and livelihoods.

    RMOL has demonstrated good results with strong government’s ownership, institutionalizing RMOL as RSLDC (Rajasthan Skill and Livelihood Development Corporation), and allocating significant government’s resources to this work, to the tune of Rs. 140 crore in the 12th Five-Year Plan. The mission mode created in Rajasthan was replicated nationally through NRLM. Good practices and models were created on skill development that can be replicated, e.g. our planned work in Assam, as well as with IKEA in Rajasthan itself and in other states. The evaluation in fact recommended that UNDP can support similar initiatives at national level or other states in the new country programme. UNDP was also asked and agreed to continue to provide strategic technical and policy support to RSLDC. In addition, the MATU model (Mission Assistance Technical Unit) that played a role similar to PSU in this project, managed by BASICS, is quite interesting and so I would like colleagues views on this (MSU) in terms of the potential of using it in other projects to reduce the implementation support burden on UNDP staff.

    Learnings from our contribution to the RMOL will feed into the next country programme and we hope we can continue to work with national and state level partners to ensure that those persistently excluded become part of India’s growth story.

    Alexandra Solovieva is Deputy Country Director (Programmes), UNDP India