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Focus Areas >> Poverty and Governance
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 is involved in issues related to Poverty Reduction Strategies, and the local and national governance and implementation structures to make a reality of environmentally and socially sound policies. It is engaged in highlighting the essentiality of the role of civil society, public private partnerships,
CBO and PRIs in development governance. Much work lies ahead to sensitively mainstream exclusion concerns in all development programmes and monitoring their disaggregated impact and link isolated pro-poor development with growth models.
Poverty Reduction Action Plan for A.P.
PLF has provided inputs to the state government in developing action plan for poverty reduction. The action plans were prepared by blending the experience of the state government over the last five decades with commitments made in the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs)
While people in rain-fed areas are without any work for more than six months in a year they rely on migration for making a livelihood during off season and difficult times. For long, this has been considered as an unwanted practice. In recent years, however, development theory and practice have started viewing the positive act of migration on the lives of the people. There is evidence to suggest that many households see migration as means to effectively employ human resources. 
There are also several cases where migration has provided people an opportunity enhance their capability and entrepreneurial ability. Above all, migration is now seen as one of the effective mechanisms for the generation and accumulation of wealth and occupational mobility.
People engage in migration through established routes by banking on the support of informal networks (labour gangs), agents and information from friends and relatives. Yet, people; who are involved in migration-based livelihoods are more often exploited (i.e. low wages, harassment of women) and exposed to risks in the absence of support systems for health, welfare and social security measures. Other issues include attending needs of aged, disabled and children who stay back at hole; disadvantages of women and children who join in migration; or newer forms of labour relations/exploitation with respect to globalization. This situation is much worse in the case of people migrating in distress conditions.

PLF is involved in developing a project to sensitize researchers, development agencies and policy practitioners on the multiple needs of migrant families at origin and destination. Therefore, this recognition should lead to the demand for a new paradigm in design and management of development programme. (Discussion paper)
District Poverty Reduction strategy
The PLF initiated an action research project in Ranga Reddy district ( Andhra Pradesh) to inform policy on the changing role of District Rural Development Agencies (DRDAs) in poverty reduction. This initiative was jointly carried out by DRDA (Ranga Reddy district) and PLF with the support of CARE (India).
The action research brought our importance of meso level institutional reform process, which was a missing a link as current focus is on micro and macro levels. Based on the above, the PLF provided support services to DRDA to equip it on change management – preparation of strategic plans and orienting on roles and responsibilities.
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