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Co-creating Sustainable Livelihoods in India: A Compendium of Best Practices & Project Ideas| August 2020 – Vol I

The livelihoods sector has undergone a significant transformation over the past decade and is expected to see even greater shifts over the coming years, given the unprecedented times that stand ahead of us. Livelihoods are a critical pathway to eliminating poverty and driving sustainable economic growth for communities. It is thus crucial to bring forth opportunities that have potential to transform systems that create sustainable livelihoods across the value chain, despite the dynamically evolving challenges. It is important to anticipate that collaboration and co-creation are the most critical enablers of sustainable livelihood in rural and urban India. Not only does it preserve the resources involved in re-invention, it also allows us to leveraging cross sectoral expertise & enables collective action to achieve impact at a large scale.

Keeping this very idea at its heart, the India Livelihoods Collective has undertaken numerous initiatives since its inception, providing a collaborative platform for diverse organisations to come together in catalysing the process of achieving livelihoods goals in India. Extending its efforts in this direction, this document provides specially curated 45 livelihoods practices initiated by Corporates, NGOs, Impact Investors, Start-ups, Academia and other enablers in the livelihoods ecosystem. The compendium maps the avenues for collaboration to scale-up and replicate these practices, highlighting the challenges, key learnings, livelihoods outcomes and impact on livelihoods sustainability.

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