The Livelihood & Community Development Program aims to develop life skills of communities and empower them in overcoming social, economic and environmental challenges. HPPI’s projects seek to establish an effective and sustainable instrument to improve the living condition and economic status of the disadvantaged community and strengthen their livelihood base by establishing systems that foster outcome.
All Livelihood & Community Development projects have been implemented as a part of a well-planned end-to-end solution for productivity and income enhancement through capacity building of community, facilitating adoption of improved package of practices, facilitating credit availability, building systems accessible to the poor for critical support services. Currently more than 72,000 families and 2,60,000 individuals are benefitted from HPPI's Community Development projects across India.
HPPI’s rural interventions have been designed to improve efficiency in production systems, lower input costs, increase per capita output and improve food and nutritional security at household level. Over the past 16 years, focused interventions in agriculture, horticulture and livestock management have been undertaken which currently work with 15,000 small and marginal farmers with extended benefits to 90,000 individual rural population through its Livelihood and Community Development projects across rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Urban Community development & Livelihood projects work on decentralization of development and challenging constraints of social and environmental dimensions. It aims to break the cycle of infrastructural inequalities and inter-generational transmission of poverty through developing networks, building local cooperation and acting on local passion and motivation. 58 community groups have been mobilized while 10,500 people have received the benefits of curative health services offered under urban projects.
5 cross cutting areas of intervention under community development and livelihood are:
- Agriculture: HPPI undertakes focused interventions in agriculture, horticulture and livestock management. Such interventions have been designed to improve efficiency in production systems, lower input costs, increase per capita output, and improve food and nutritional security at household level.
- Skill Development: Implement skill development & training programs which improve the employability of the working population including school drop-outs, semi-skilled and un-skilled workers. These programs are designed to have high local relevancy and in-built flexibility.
- Community Development: Community Development is the foundation of sustainable growth and impacts access to social, economic and basic human rights of people. HPPI’s Community Development programs ensures sustainable growth and foster security, gender equality, development opportunities and economic stability in rural and urban milieu.
a)Rural CDP: To address the problem of food security while promoting sustainable farm-based livelihoods using an integrated approach to development.
b)Urban CDP: To create a self sustainable, social capital network for marginalized urban communities through resource mobilization, capacity building exercises and linkages with government welfare schemes
- Homeless Resource Centre: HPPI in collaboration with Samajik Suvidha Sangam (Mission Convergence), Government of Delhi aims for social improvement of homeless citizens of Delhi through their Homeless Resource Centre Project (HRC) in East and North East Delhi. The project lays emphasis on homeless site mapping and providing sustainable, timely interventions for their social and economic upliftment.
- Gender Resource Centre: Projects under this segment engage in women empowerment and capacity building programs through self help groups and legal aid against domestic abuse and violence. It includes vocational skills training and hands on education on sanitation, health and nutrition.
Read more about HPPI's Community Devlopment and Livelihood initiatives in Annual Report 2014-15