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Practice of Social Impact - Key Projects

Project Name: State of Panchayati Raj Report 2010-11 for Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR), Govt. of India
Client: DFID India

MoPR oversees the implementation of Part IX of the Constitution, relating to the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and works as a facilitator to enable States to promote efficient, accountable and transparent functioning of the PRIs.

Project Name: Social and Socio-economic Analysis of Lucknow
Client: DFID India

The assessment formed the basis for the Lucknow Urban Environmental Services Master Plan and provided an area-wise segmentation of different socio-economic categories of households in the city and their current arrangements for, and access to, water supply, sanitation, surface water drainage and solid waste disposal services. The project design involved pioneering rapid appraisal and social assessment methods including the transect methodology of physical and socio-economic analysis. These were supplemented with Household Case Studies of different socio-economic groups in Lucknow to understand use of water and sanitation services, aspirations with regard to these and perceptions about service providers.

Project Name: Evaluation of the Rajiv Gandhi Watershed Mission (RGWM) Watersheds in Madhya Pradesh (MP).
Client: UNICEF

The exercise involved interactions with primary and secondary stakeholders at the district, milli-watershed and village level using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. It included an assessment of the livelihood-related, socio-political and environmental impact of the RGWM interventions, and these were examined with special emphasis on the situation of the poor and women. Issues relating to human resource and finance management, training and capacity building, monitoring, review and feedback mechanisms and village level process were also examined.

Project Name: Joint Feasibility Study on High Speed Railway between Mumbai and Ahmedabad - Preparation of Resettlement Action Plan (Framework)
Client: The Japan International Consultants (JIC) for Transportation Co. Ltd

The assignment on developing of Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) pertains to proposed High Speed Railway (HSR) Corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The RAP on the HSR project was prepared in accordance with requirements of the JICA Environmental & Social Consideration Guidelines (April 2010) and World Bank Operational Policy 4.12. It sets the parameters for the entitlements package for project affected people, the institutional framework, mechanisms for consultation and grievance resolution, the timeframe and cost estimates etc.

Project Name: Feasibility Study for Speed-of Passenger Trains to 160-200kmph on existing New Delhi Mumbai Route
Client: Nippon Koei Co., Ltd

The project was a feasibility study focused on finding the potential passengers preference for the planned semi-high speed railway which include the express night trains between New Delhi and Mumbai Central via Kota, Ratlam, Vadodara and Surat; Express day trains between Ahmadabad, Vadodara and Mumbai Central. Graphs and table were used to summarize the results. The target passenger group included passengers of current express trains, Airline passengers and Inter City bus passengers.

Project Name: Review of Land Tenure in Rural Andhra Pradesh (AP)
Client: DFID India

The project examined the evolution of revenue laws in the State, assessed the current situation with respect to land ownership, encroachment and land alienation among the poor to identify emergent risks to watershed development interventions and provided necessary control measures.

Project Name: Baseline study on Social Protection Schemes
Client: Save the Children, Bal Raksha Bharat (SCBR)

The study aimed to input into a larger project on child sensitive social protection in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan. As a part of the study conducted extensive qualitative research with the communities using methods such as key informant interviews, in depth interviews and focus groups across ages and genders. A significant part of the study was to investigate and analyze the impacts of migration and remittances to the household and local economy, given the study area was one of the major labour supplying areas of the state of Rajasthan.

Project Name: Process Monitoring of Jeevika Project - Bihar
Client: Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS)

Taru undertook the Process Monitoring of the Jeevika Project to support the implementation of the project in 9 project districts of Bihar. The main purpose of this assignment was to provide support to the implementation team to understand how and why some process adopted for various components of the projects are working and providing suitable suggestion to modify the processes as and when required. As part of the three phase assessment over one and half years, with Rapid Review Phase (during September – October 2005) and the Detailed Assessment Phase (during April 2006 – March 2007) covering over 100 watersheds spread over eight districts.

Project Name: Rural Road Development in India: Distribution of PMGSY project benefits among women, youth, and scheduled caste and tribes
Client: World Bank

The study aims to analyze constraints in accessing employment opportunities facilitated by rural road connectivity among different community groups. The study assessed the differential socio-economic impact of the World Bank’s PMGSY project on women, youth, and scheduled caste and tribe communities, with respect to access to employment opportunities. Study findings informed the World Bank’s PMGSY project and the PMGSY program’s policies more broadly to ensure equitable distribution of benefits in terms of employment opportunities created by rural roads program. Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh

Project Name: Study of Procurement and Marketing of Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) trade in Koraput and Kalahandi, Orissa

The assignment included the assessment of production and collection volumes and trade practices for the various NTFPs found in the area. Further, the legal environment, mechanism of trade, key players and distribution channels for NTFP were examined in detail and recommendations were made for the strengthening of women’s NTFP collectors’ groups through legal changes and institutional support.