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The objective of the Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Project (MPRLP), funded by the Department for International Development, UK, is to reduce rural poverty by promoting sustainable livelihoods. MPRLP seeks to encourage and empower poor rural families, especially in remote tribal areas.

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MPRLP believes in the wisdom of rural people and their innate capacity to break the cycle of poverty. MPRLP mobilises local communities to devise sustainable ways to improve their livelihoods and, thus, to alleviate poverty. As a facilitator, MPRLP inspires rural people to draw strength from their own insights and experiences.

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MPRLP works in remote villages, especially in the tribal regions, of Dhar, Jhabua, Barwani, Anuppur, Shahdol, Mandla, Dindori and Sheopur districts. Phase 2 of the MPRLP, starting from July 2007, reaches nearly 4,000 villages including 822 villages reached in Phase I.

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MPRLP works through Gram Sabha, the village assemblies. Each village has a Gram Sabha and each Gram Sabha has a village fund. MPRLP routes funds directly to village funds, which are managed by Gram Sabha. MPRLP helps Gram Sabha to use village funds to create sustainable livelihoods.

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Gram Sabha are the cornerstone of democracy at grassroots. Gram Sabha bring together villagers over 18 years old to debate and share their concerns. Gram Sabha are village parliaments and have constitutional status. Once Gram Sabha become aware of livelihoods issues and develop an understanding of how to plan, use participatory methods to address vital issues, design strategies and build participatory governance they contribute enormously to rural transformation. Capacity building of Gram Sabha is therefore a top priority for MPRLP.

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The State Project Management Unit (SPMU) manages District Project Support Units (DPSU). The SPMU is headed by the Project Coordinator. DPSU support Project Facilitation Teams (PFT) of multi-disciplinary skilled staff. Each PFT looks after a cluster of villages and the Livelihood Promoters who are chosen from among villagers. The Technical Cooperation-Project Support Unit (TC-PSU) provides technical support.

Answer: Phase II of the Project started in July 2007 and runs until 2012. Phase 1 ran from June 2004 to June 2007. During Phase 1, Rs. 114.9 crore or £16.49 million was spent on promoting livelihoods activities. In Phase 2, Rs. 357 crore or £45 million will be spent over five years.
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MPRLP has five main features. First, MPRLP improves the lives of the poor and vulnerable in nine districts of Madhya Pradesh by routing funds through Gram Sabha to activities that the communities themselves have identified as important. Second, MPRLP identifies, tests and proves new development options which can be taken up and applied by the government of India to improve the lives of the poor. Third, MPRLP is particularly concerned with improving the lives of women through broadening their social and economic participation. Fourth, MPRLP is working to strengthen the Gram Sabha’s capacity to plan and manage resources and ensure equitable distribution of funds. And, lastly, MPRLP is working to strengthen the capacity of the Gram Sabha to protect and promote the interests of the poor and vulnerable, paying particular attention to women and their access to resources, information and services.

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MPRLP focuses on five key areas. First, strategic development of poverty-ridden pockets, second, building entrepreneurship, third, supporting distress migrants, fourth, mobilising the rural poor and fifth, orienting Gram Sabha to livelihoods issues.

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MPRLP has adopted a two-track strategy. MPRLP works through Gram Sabha, first, to strengthen the resource base. This means improving management of land, water and forest resources on which poor people depend through integrated watershed management and community forest management. Then, MPRLP works, again with Gram Sabha, to stimulate micro-enterprises based on these resources that will provide employment and incomes for the rural poor. This means identifying and promoting enterprises that value-add to agricultural and forest products, as well as other enterprises. It also means providing the poor seeking employment as migrant workers with information and skills that will help them get fair wages and conditions.

MPRLP’ approach is bottom-up, facilitating, inspiring and guiding community-driven collective and individual action to reduce poverty through Gram Sabha.

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