Gurugram-based Veddis Foundation has partnered with the Himachal Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission (HPSRLM) to support the livelihoods of 50,000 rural households across five districts by enabling effective governance of the SRLM programme, unlocking public funds, and value chain development. The partnership with the HP government is part of Veddis Foundation’s GATI (Governance for policy Action, Transformation and Innovation) initiative and is the first investment under Veddis Foundation’s recent Rs 100 crore commitment to accelerate irreversible large-scale social impact.
The partnership with HPSRLM will create financially sustainable and effective institutional platforms for rural households. The goal will be to increase household income through sustainable livelihood enhancements, as well as better access to financial and public services. This will involve building up the capacities of critical institutions under the HPSRLM. Targeted outcomes for the programme include the development of model Cluster Level Federations (CLFs), enhanced access to funds for self-help groups, increased income levels of marginalised families through diversified interventions, convergence with other government programmes, subsidies, and schemes, and value chain development. Technology-enabled interventions will be deployed for efficient data collection, management, and reporting.
The programme will run in the five districts of Shimla, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Sirmaur, and Una, covering more than 50,000 rural households. A programme management unit will be established as a technical support unit for the government while an implementing agency will work towards realising programme outcomes.
Speaking on the partnership, Vaishali Samanta, COO, Veddis Foundation said, “Partnering with the government is the only way to achieve impact at scale, with technology being the biggest lever.” “We will continue to invest and scale our work with SRLMs drawing on our learnings and experience from Haryana and Rajasthan. We hope this partnership will help the Himachal Pradesh government drive sustainable income growth for rural households and create a self-sustaining model for the successful implementation of HPSRLM’s objectives,” Samanta added.
Speaking on the engagement with Veddis Foundation, Anil Sharma, CEO, Himachal Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission said, “I am confident that HPSRLM and Veddis Foundation will be able to bring about positive changes in the lives of SHG women in rural areas.”
Veddis Foundation has earlier partnered with other state rural livelihood missions. The first partnership was with the Rajasthan Grameen Aajeevika Vikas Parishad (RGAVP) from 2016 to 2018 and resulted in over 50 per cent increase in income for 160,000 rural households across 10 districts in Rajasthan. The second and still ongoing partnership is with the Haryana State Rural Livelihood Mission (HSRLM) where Veddis Foundation has helped improve livelihoods for over 80,000 rural households in 31 CLFs across seven districts in Haryana.
Veddis Foundation supports organisations working at the intersection of technology and policy to create a lasting impact at scale. With a mission to create deep and irreversible social change. The Foundation also works directly with governments on effective public service delivery. The Foundation takes an evidence-based approach to support institutions doing radical work. It hopes to bring analytical rigour and a collaborative spirit to philanthropic investments with a goal to achieve measurable outsised impact.
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