Partnering to Build Skills: Evaluation Report Says UNDP’s Support in Setting Up the Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods has been Beneficial to the State

Partnering to Build Skills: Evaluation Report Says UNDP’s Support in Setting Up the Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods has been Beneficial to the State
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An evaluation of a project between the Government of Rajasthan and UNDP to support livelihood promotion strategies in Rajasthan has found it made a significant impact on marginalized communities through livelihood promotion and skill building initiatives undertaken.

Highlights

  • The Evaluation finds that the UNDP-Government of Rajasthan project has made significant impact in building skills and promoting livelihoods in Rajasthan
  • The report also commends the partnership for facilitating convergence of 10 government schemes in five districts, which has benefited close to 30,000 families
  • UNDP’s support to Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods (RMoL) has also led to policy recommendations on employment generation, migrant workers, fishery sector, persons with disabilities and the Domestic Workers Security Act
  • RMoL has also facilitated the establishment of the Rajasthan Council of Vocational Education and Training and the Rajasthan Institute of Security Education
  • Construction Academies have been set up at seven divisional headquarters across the state
  • An Overseas Placement Bureau has also facilitated greater employment opportunities overseas for the marginalized
  • A learning software has also been introduced in schools for the visually impaired by the Rajasthan Social Justice Department

An evaluation of a project between the Government of Rajasthan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support livelihood promotion strategies in Rajasthan has found it made a significant impact on marginalized communities through livelihood promotion and skill building initiatives undertaken.

With UNDP support, the Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods (RMoL) was set up in 2004 with a mandate to create a large number of livelihood opportunities for the poor, increase labour force participation and raise incomes of the “working poor,” i.e. those employed at very low wages or unable to earn enough from self-employment.

At a workshop organized to share findings from the evaluation of the partnership, Mangi Lal Garasia, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Labour and Employment, Government of Rajasthan said, “Significant strides in training to youth and providing decent employment both within and outside the state have been made as a result of this partnership between RMoL, UNDP and the state government.”

State budget allocations to the Mission have increased three-fold between 2007-08 and 2008-09 since it also supports the convergence of state employment generation schemes across sectors that are managed by different department. The success of RMoL has now ensured that it has been converted into the Rajasthan Skill and Livelihood Corporation. Rajasthan was the first state to adopt a mission approach to livelihood promotion, an approach which has found resonance nationally, with the setting up of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission. It is estimated that Rajasthan needs to create 800,000 jobs each year for the next 10 years.

Using a mix of innovative institutional approaches, RMoL has been able to benefit more than 500,000 people from marginalized communities through skill training, enterprise development support, livelihood promotion and financial literacy.

According to Alexandra Solovieva, Deputy Country Director (Programmes), UNDP, “RMoL has played a crucial role in identifying the needs of disadvantaged groups and the barriers they face in accessing livelihood opportunities thereby enabling greater inclusion of poor and excluded communities.”

According to the Evaluation Report, UNDP’s support to RMoL has led to policy recommendations on employment creation, migrant workers, the fishery sector, state policy for livelihoods promotion for Persons with Disabilities and the Domestic Workers Security Act. RMoL also facilitated the establishment of the Rajasthan Council of Vocational Education and Training and the Rajasthan Institute of Security Education. Construction Academies have been set up at seven divisional headquarters across the state and an Overseas Placement Bureau has facilitated greater employment opportunities overseas. The Rajasthan Social Justice Department has begun roll-out of learning software at schools for the visually impaired. Several innovative pilots targeting vulnerable groups have included rehabilitation of the Kanjars, a marginalized community; promotion of micro enterprises amongst tribal families; enabling financial literacy of women in Tonk district; support services for migrant labour and establishment of the Livelihood Resource Centre. According to the Evaluation, the partnership played a pivotal role in facilitating the effective convergence of 10 government schemes in five districts, which has directly benefited close to 30,000 families.

Related Project
State-Level Support to Livelihood Promotion Strategies in Rajasthan (2008-2012)

In partnership with the Department of Labour and Employment, Government of Rajasthan, the project aims to design innovative strategies to promote sustainable livelihoods for poor and other vulnerable groups such as women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the state of Rajasthan.

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