In the Rural Livelihood & Governance vertical, we work with state and district governments for reengineering scheme implementation strategies and provide consultation to the rural local bodies to enhance the efficiency of development planning processes
Andhra Pradesh Social Development Project has focused on institutionalizing systemic reforms in rural development and development planning mechanisms. Our focus has been to revamp the implementation strategy of large-scale schemes like MGNREGS, bringing technology solutions to ensure bottom-up feedback flow and enhancement of capacity building of government functionaries for inclusive development planning
The North-East Entitlements project in Assam is focused on understanding implementational gaps in MGNREGA among the tea garden workers in the Jorhat District in the state of Assam. The project entails the identification of indicators to assess the implementation of MGNREGA including the demand for work and unemployment allowance among other indicators.
Swaniti’s project in Arunachal Pradesh has adopted a bottom-up approach to identify bottlenecks that exist in the implementation of MGNREGA & PMAY in the district through a survey, use a digital medium to bridge the gap, and create a grievance redressal system within the administration.
Under this program, we work with Planning and Monitoring Units (PMUs) in districts that are impacted by mining activities. The focus of these District PMUs is to ensure the holistic development of communities that are negatively impacted by mining activities. We support the district administration in creating inclusive development plans and monitor the implementation of the schemes in those communities.
The Tripura project at Swaniti is a significant step towards countering developmental challenges through bottom-up planning to ensure the inclusion of the most marginalized in government programs. The project is focused on identifying the gaps in the delivery of schemes, and providing access to maternity, pension, and scholarship and working with diverse demography in the region.
Working with the Department of Rural Development, Swaniti Initiative is helping marginalized communities of Andhra Pradesh by addressing the pressing issues impacting them and filling the gaps in public service delivery.
The Andhra Pradesh Social Development project is aimed at improving the inclusion and access of the most vulnerable sections of the population in government programs by putting in place a culture of bottom-up planning. Subsequently, the team has been working at a state, district and village level to ensure that by working across departments, Swaniti would be able to create a culture of bottom-up planning. The program’s team has worked on flagship programs like MGNREGA, Unnathi, Rythu Bharosa, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and RURBAN mission to be able to capture the insights from the community and translate them to policy-level changes. In partnership with the Veddis Foundation and Ford Foundation, Swaniti initiated a three-year program to create system changes. Our intent is to create a proof of concept about bottom-up planning and then to be able to scale the program across states.
In order to develop policy solutions keeping in mind the most vulnerable communities, the Swaniti team worked extensively on getting insights from the ground so that the voices of the beneficiaries were taken into consideration while developing the project. For this purpose, Focus Group Discussions were extensively used as a data collection tool. The team undertook a sampling exercise, statistically derived from socio-economic indicator analysis with specific emphasis on vulnerable communities.
Swaniti is intervening in the state of Assam to establish bottom-up planning, setting up a digital medium for capturing grievances, and deploying an effective grievance redressal system in alignment with the state and district administration. The target sector is rural employment with a specific focus on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). The outcome of the intervention is to create a culture of bottom-up planning and a government-led technology-focused grievance redressal mechanism.
Swaniti’s project at Arunachal Pradesh is aimed at fostering a culture of technology and developing a robust feedback system in the governance of schemes and projects. Under this project, the team is following a bottom-up planning approach to assess the current implementation status of two centrally sponsored schemes, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G), and locate bottlenecks in the delivery of these schemes in Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh.
It focuses on extensive surveying and interviewing of beneficiaries and local government officials to recognize the grievances of MGNREGA and PMAY-G. The outcome of the project will be to establish a sturdy governance model in Arunachal Pradesh by reforming the systems and processes, thereby leading to enhanced inclusion, access, and resilience of public service delivery.
Swaniti Initiative has its presence across the major mining-affected districts of Jharkhand to implement developmental and welfare projects. Having established Programme Monitoring Units (PMUs) with the District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) across districts, our teams are facilitating projects aimed at improving the healthcare and educational infrastructure along with strengthening the existing and creating new livelihood avenues. We follow a bottom-up approach starting with secondary data collection and followed by a need assessment survey in mining-affected villages. The problem identification in itself constitutes a robust mechanism where our teams interact with the respective communities of the areas and gain a nuanced understanding of the issues, upon which a holistic response mechanism to the problem is framed. Currently, Swaniti DMFT-PMUs are functional in 6 districts of Jharkhand.
The Tripura project in Swaniti is a significant step towards the developmental challenges the state faces at the district level in governance. The project is focused on identifying the gaps in the delivery of schemes, providing access to maternity, pension, and scholarship, and working with diverse demography in the region. One vital aspect of the project is to ensure the inclusion of the most marginalized in the government programs by revamping the feedback mechanism in governance through schemes like – Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar Yojana (MMPUY), and Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Pre Matric Scholarship for OBC, SC, and ST students. The project is being implemented in the Sepahijala district in Tripura.