GUWAHATI, Aug 5: A Significant milestone has been achieved on Wednesday with a Letter of Understanding (LoU) being signed between Assam State Rural Livelihoods Mission (ASRLM) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to work in cohesion on various aspects of Promoting Livelihoods both in Farm and Non-Farm sector.
This pathbreaking convergence initiative under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Government of Assam is expected to pave ways of holistic socio-economic development of the rural women. State Mission Director, ASRLM, and Regional Head, North East India, UNDP signed on a detail workplan for a collaborated approach towards sustainable livelihood initiatives.
The Strategies and methodologies to yield high incomes of the SHG members of Village Organizations (VOs) and Cluster Level Federations (CLFs) promoted under ASRLM were outlined.
The SHG members in the VOs and CLFs will now be able to receive international expertise on their indigenous livelihood practices and also try various innovative livelihood prospects in order to make it sustainable and profitable.
UNDP will be providing assistance both in terms of Finance, resource and man-power. Initially the project will be taken up in 3 blocks on a pilot basis. UNDP will extend various capacity building programmes for the SHG members in the projected areas and develop various modules.
Support will also be extended in the field of Market Linkages, Strengthening of Producer Groups (PGs) and Producer Enterprises (PEs) and formulation of Business Development Plans. This will also ensure skill and knowledge upgradation and thus SHG members will find ways to overcome poverty which is the core component of both UNDP and ASRLM.