Asha Kiran

to rebuild livelhoods impacted by COVID
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Centre for Rural Development (CRD)

we enable rural families to come out of poverty

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/up - ultra poor program

to help end ultra-poverty in India by 2030
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Reimagining FPOs

to increase farmers' incomes by enabling FPOs
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people living in rural india

80% of India's poor live in her rural areas

While India has made huge strides in alleviating poverty and pulling millions above the economic poverty line, 270 million of her citizens continue to live in extreme poverty. Poverty rates in rural areas (25%) are much higher than in urban areas (14%). Female labor force participation has been falling. Nearly, 80% of our farmers are small and marginal landholders and they live under many vulnerabilities. Rural poor also own far fewer assets than the urban poor.

While there are challenges, India also has made huge strides in its rural development agenda. We now have 6 million self-help groups that have put women at the center of development. In addition, the private sector and development sector are making progress towards alleviation of poverty for our rural households. To achieve this goal, we have to build on this progress and build on the strength of our institutions, the support of governments, non-profits and the private sector.

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theory of change

enable

we enable India's ecosystem of researchers, practitioners and citizens to chart pathways for impact

act

we act on emerging and promising models of impact through action research to identify paths to scale

scale

we help scale proven models by bringing together funding, government partnerships, CSOs and enablers

scale

hope fund

Because of the covid-19 crisis, millions of rural India's returned home or are still in urban destinations of employment awaiting productive employment and battling insufficiency of food, health and other basic services. Those who had always been in India's rural areas, especially women, children and elderly, face crises too.

hope fund will bring together India's most credible non-profits and fund them so that they can rebuild the lives of India's extreme poor households by leveraging India's growing government welfare allocations, subsidies, schemes and credit sources for the poor.

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up. - ultra-poor program

While India has 270 million living in extreme poverty, about 65 million of them live in ultra poverty. It has been widely agreed that traditional development solutions and market based solutions cannot address ultra poverty and break their poverty trap. Globally, the 'graduation approach' or the 'targeting the ultra poor' program has been widely recognized as a definitive, time-bound and evidence-based method to pull households out of ultra poverty. Its carefully sequenced and multifaceted interventions gradually pull the ultra poor out of their poverty into a virtuous cycle of growth.

The good news is that this model is increasingly gaining recognition in India. We started our action research in Jharkhand 2 years ago and our goal is to help governments adopt and scale this program across the country

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up. - ultra-poor program

While India has 270 million living in extreme poverty, about 65 million of them live in ultra poverty. It has been widely agreed that traditional development solutions and market based solutions cannot address ultra poverty and break their poverty trap. Globally, the 'graduation approach' or the 'targeting the ultra poor' program has been widely recognized as a definitive, time-bound and evidence-based method to pull households out of ultra poverty. Its carefully sequenced and multifaceted interventions gradually pull the ultra poor out of their poverty into a virtuous cycle of growth.

The good news is that this model is increasingly gaining recognition in India. We started our action research in Jharkhand 2 years ago and our goal is to help governments adopt and scale this program across the country

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Asha Kiran

The scale of COVID-19’s impact is on the rural poor is larger than ever. With high indebtedness, lost livelihoods & jobs and worsening malnutrition & health, the poor will recover the slowest. We need to focus on both near-term relief and long-term sustainable rural livelihoods. And to serve the poor at scale we need to partner with government, private sector and non-profits.

Asha Kiran has been running sizeable pilots in Uttar Pradesh since the first wave and has brought together strong partnerships. Now, with the understanding of local needs and with strong partnerships and a committed giving collective, Asha Kiran is scaling its interventions.

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Reimagining FPOs

Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) are a powerful vehicle to provide better farmpractices, collectivise input purchases, create market linkages, and realise better prices for the farmer. Although the government is interested in forming and supporting these FPOs, over 85% of 7,374 registered FPOs are inactive.
The FPO should focus on farmer engagement and an FPO support unit (FPOSU) should help with the non-farmer activities. The FPOSU will work with 100s (maybe 1000s) of FPOs giving it the scale to get better discounts and prices, resources to have the management required, etc. This alternate model has the potential to transform the lives of tens of millions of smallholder and marginal farmers.

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