Global impoverishment is consistently increasing due to changes in the world economic system. While rapid technological advances and free economies are creating wealth, they are also creating greater poverty. Poverty has developed into a chronic and insurmountable problem. Equitable and sustainable development for the poverty-stricken population all over the world is an intriguing and challenging task. During the last few decades, governmental and non-governmental agencies throughout the world have attempted various interventions for poverty alleviation, but failed to achieve the desired results.
To ameliorate this crucial scenario, it is important to call for qualitative changes in the strategies and methods adopted so far. Promotion of viable and market oriented livelihood projects seems to be the most appropriate and relevant approach. Economic empowerment through alternate livelihood programs for micro business creation has proved to be a powerful tool. Development interventions on this front, conducted in various parts of the world, have yielded notable results in the last decade.
ICECD’s experiences over the years in developing economic self-sufficiency for innumerable poor has finally made it possible to evolve need based, tested and validated strategies and training modules.
- To provide opportunities for strengthening and expanding economic activities in a sustainable manner for better livelihood for the poor.
- To lead them towards non-conventional enterprises like acrylic, leather and Rexene articles, hosiery, packaging, handicrafts, salt making, flour mill, oil mill: activities spanning the sectors of manufacturing, trading and service industries.
The program will provide opportunities to interact with and visit successful micro enterprises and understand the various strategies and support needed to promote and sustain livelihood activities. The program is designed to offer the following inputs:
- Sustainable livelihood and related issues
- Sensitization and awareness building strategies
- Initiating and strengthening income generation activities for better livelihood: tools and techniques
- Identification and selection of viable livelihood opportunities
- Training and capacity building for entrepreneurial and managerial competencies
- Resource mobilization and institutional linkages for market and technology
- Business plan preparation and linkages for finance
- Micro credit needs and credit management
- Enterprise management and support needs
- Sustainability and growth issues for micro enterprises
It is envisaged that the participants will be able to learn successful strategies, and acquire appropriate tools for identification and selection of potential participants as well as viable opportunities. They will also be able to design and implement effective programs for poverty alleviation through sustainable livelihood through micro enterprise development.
Practitioners, policy makers, trainers, extension workers, small enterprise/business training institutes, micro credit organizations and grassroots organizations working with rural poor in any development sector and who want to initiate, strengthen or expand sustainable livelihood through micro enterprise development could benefit from this program.
- Duration: 3 Weeks
- Fees: US $2000 inclusive of training costs, training materials, food and accommodation