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Focus Areas >>New economic opportunities
Self help movement has gained importance in the past two decades. This has given way to stream of approaches. The important one being micro-finance, which opened up new opportunities for those living in margins. This is also laying the foundation for graduating from self-help to enterprise-based development process. The PLF is engaged in understanding processes that would help to design enterprise-based development process. These include the influence of micro-credit initiatives and livelihood promotional strategies in changing the frontiers of credit markets, enterprise-abilities, creating demand for new skill sets (employability skills) and maximizing the new economy options.
Equipping youth to the new economic opportunities
Dr.Reddy Foundation conceived LABS in order to provide an opportunity to the youth to assimilate into the new economy. It was first started as a pilot project in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts. Over the past four years. It has expanded to several areas -
the state and has also spread to other cities such as Chennai, Mumbai and Kochi outside AP. The inculcation of effective managerial and business principles is important aspects of LABS. This which would bring qualitative improvement in livelihood promotion programmes. PLF had carried out a study in 2004 to suggest changed in LABS.
SHGs in expanding enterprise-abilities
At present, self-help group movement has reached a critical stage. Academicians, policy makers and practitioners have viewed that SHG’s future depends: 'The ability of groups to expand their scope beyond savings and credit activities.
In the above context, Poverty Learning Foundation (PLF) has recently documented some case studies on SHGs in AP and found interesting patterns on entry and influence of enterprise – capacities into SHG life cycle. Our process documentation with pilot project (during our association with APRLP) has brought our that members and groups are gaining enterprise-capabilities and influencing the rural economy.
In this regard an exploratory study was carried out in Mahabubnagar district (one of the backward district in AP) with the support of Friends of women’s world banking to gain deeper insights into the above process and contribute towards evolving a ‘developmental design’ for exploring next generation ideas in promoting SHG movement.
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Indo-German WDP – AP
in collaboration

The GoAP collaboration
with World Bank
is supporting
a pilot initiative

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