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Focus Areas >>Action against Poverty
The last two decades have seen intensive restructuring of international institutions and public policy processes. There have been shifts in the area of decision-making from national to global institutions and from socio-political to economic priorities. PLF is thus involved in shaping development governance, which can manage shifts in policy processes without affecting people who live in poverty.
The Group explores these themes through an integrated programme of research, networking with the field projects, and events. The group has developed its capacity to undertake commissioned studies and evaluations that relate to its core aim and objectives.  It has also established a strong record in carrying out large-scale and complex evaluations. 
These provide an opportunity for PLF to contribute to the understanding of development policy and practice and influencing them.  This ensures that the group’s works is strongly rooted in field experience.  PLF is particularly interested in evaluations of strategic significance to the sector, where there are opportunities for learning and effecting change.
Watershed Policy
PLF partnered with WOTR, WASSAN and MANAGE in studying the experience of DANIDA supported watershed projects in Orissa, MP and Karnataka.  The primary focus of the study was to look into policy imperatives in watershed programme.  The study findings were shared and discussed in working groups, which were constituted for each thematic area. 
Working groups not only deliberated on DANWADEP experience, but also facilitated discussion on the other experiences in the country. The process led to the assimilation of knowledge through distilling lessons from a wide range of watershed initiatives in the country.  The PLF acted as a lead agency in the following thematic areas: Users Rights, Vulnerability Reduction and Capacity Development in Watershed.  The outputs from the above process were shared with practitioners, academics and policy makers at the national workshop held on 22nd and 23rd November 2004.
Poverty Monitoring
A dominant approach to natural resource management used to be conservation and resource development which positively influencing productivity.  In recent years, sustainability has been added to natural resource management as an expected outcome of such intervention. 
A major challenge for watershed programmes, given the obduracy of poverty and complexity and vulnerability of poor people’s livelihoods systems, is to explore how such programmes can create potential benefits to the poor and vulnerable groups.
The watershed programme of DANIDA in Orissa sought to improve the poverty focus in watershed interventions.  The project collected quantitative and qualitative data of 840 households between 2000 and 2003.  The outputs from qualitative data were used in fine tuning project interventions in favour of the poor.  However, the project could not use quantitative data. 
The PLF has analyzed the quantitative data and developed a framework for quantities monitoring of poverty reduction. The Quantitative monitoring tool is an important addition to the methodologies related to poverty reduction.
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Indo-German WDP – AP
in collaboration
with RODECO

The GoAP collaboration
with World Bank
is supporting
a pilot initiative


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