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Livelihoods Resource Centers in Andhra Pradesh Relevance, Experiences and Lessons Learned. Context. Watershed Development Projects are the only projects with a clear funding support for Capacity Building (CB) Provision of CB Inputs was not systematic and professional.

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Livelihoods resource centers in andhra pradesh relevance experiences and lessons learned

Livelihoods Resource Centers in Andhra Pradesh

Relevance, Experiences and Lessons Learned


Context

Context

Watershed Development Projects are the only projects with a clear funding support for Capacity Building (CB)

Provision of CB Inputs was not systematic and professional.

Utilization of CB budgets was not in tune with objectives of project.

CB Inputs were not in tune with the scale of the project


Experiences

Experiences

  • Focus on Institutional Arrangements

  • APRLP established DCBC; Working Groups for Capacity Building in which CRD, APARD, MANAGE and WASSAN were members

  • Indira Kranti Patham established Mandal Velugu Training Centers

  • Several CB related experiences in Civil Society Sector –

    • APMAS developed system of affiliates

    • WASSAN established CB Network in RR District/ Pool of Resource Persons

    • Several other experiences


Conceptualization of livelihoods resource centers

Conceptualization of Livelihoods Resource Centers

Clearly defining roles, responsibilities and functions at all levels

Working our details of funding and other administrative arrangements

Developing partnerships with Resource Organizations from NGO Sector

Workshop of Project Directors; WASSAN Annual Network Meet in 2004; Sub Sequent meetings at CRD/ APARD recognized the “Need for Decentralized and Institutional Systems for Capacity Building and Livelihoods Promotion”

Conceptualization of Livelihoods Resource Centers

Establishing Consortium of Resource Organizations

Establishing Secretariat for Consortium


Functions of livelihoods resource centers

Functions of Livelihoods Resource Centers

Provide diversified CB services which include – communication campaigns; training; hand holding support services; exposure; demonstrations/ pilots; facilitate convergence

Institutionalize delivery of good quality CB Inputs to primary stakeholders

Strengthen the quality of participation of communities in development project (Watershed Projects; Comprehensive Land Development Project; NREGS AP; AP MIP and others)

Develop Action Plans for CB in consultation with Project Management/ Facilitating Teams and Communities


Present situation

55 Cluster Level Livelihoods Resource Centers and 17 District are established in all districts

Course Directors and APD (CB) are appointed with the support of APARD

Series of workshops/ training programs were organized to explain the concept of LRCs at district/ state level

Modules/ resource material were developed and shared at LRCs

Methodology of developing CB action plans were developed

Partnerships with NGO Resource Centers were developed to anchor LRCs in case of 13 LRC

Professional Support Agencies (APMAS, CARE and WASSAN) were attached to 12 districts to further strengthen LRCs (45 No)

Present Situation


Status review positive features

STATUS REVIEW – Positive Features

DCBCs are well equipped with infrastructure

Clear process guidelines

Trained staff and PRP approach

Availability of resource materials in all core areas except few (EP)

APRLP approach-core areas guide the overall LH framework

Sufficient financial resources


Status review issues identified 1

STATUS REVIEW – Issues Identified-1

Weak PRP system

Weak Systems for Mobilization of participants for trainings

Inadequate in-house training facilities

Poor at preparation of need assessment, calendar, plans

Lack of structured review mechanism

Incomplete trainings in the core areas of APRLP

Low focus on sustainability of LRCs


Status review issues identified 2

STATUS REVIEW – Issues Identified-2

Too much of focus only on training programs

Project Leadership is unable to effectively utilize the services of LRC

Mismanagement of funds and programs

Informal approach

Lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities and institutional mechanism

Non existence of Convergence and linkage with line departments

Not all RD related training programs are organized at/ through LRCs

Admin and programmatic systems and procedures are not evolved


Lesson learned

Lesson Learned

It is important to sensitize project management at district level to benefit from the LRC system

Adequate and quality human resources

Partnerships with NGO Resource Organizations needs to be further strengthened

Rigorous monitoring and feed back

Checks and Balances


Lessons learned

Lessons Learned

Viability of LRCs depend on the level of utilization of LRC and its services

Convergence of projects and services require considerable efforts and systematic approaches

LRCs have the potential to offer diversified CB and other services to projects and communities, depending on the commitment, support and leadership at LRC and district level


Concerns 1

CONCERNS:1

Linking with the RD programs a policy decision is required to use CLRCs as a strategic partner for all CRD capacity building at the primary stakeholder level

DWMA to own up these CLRCs, treat as a mandate rather than as just an outcome of RLP

Focus on viability/sustainability; include in the main agenda of the district in all reviews

Ownership among the staff of LRCs


Concerns 2

CONCERNS:2

Long term Mentoring support and institutional support towards self sustainability

Planning Vs. Accomplishment – Variance analysis

Viability, clientele build up and service expansion

Planned activities and ad-hoc programmes

Theme or core area wise PRPs and CRPs development

Orientation and clarity to DWMA staff for release of funds and routing mechanism ensuring timeliness, cost norms, guidelines

Coordination with line departments and sub-staff in mobilisation of secondary and primary stakeholders of the programmes

Lack of adequate staff with capacities


Wayforward 1

WAYFORWARD:1

Focus on strengthening the institution

Resource Base

Expertise and CB Services

Professionalism and Quality of CB Services

Partnerships with Resource Organizations

Completion of market assessment

Preparing 3 year Business plans with pragmatic approach

Capacity enhancement of staff

Preparation of package of services – category wise or thematic area wise to expand service portfolio for meeting divergent needs


Wayforward 2

WAYFORWARD:2

Explore and exercise towards clientele building for ensuring viability

Preparation of package of services – category wise or thematic area wise to expand service portfolio for meeting divergent needs

Required continuous follow-up by CRD/APARD to streamline the process in strengthening LRCs and its mandate

Upscale the experiences and instruments to the entire country after making a systematic situation analysis of local conditions

Ensure adequate financial support to LRCs on par with Project Management Support


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