What is Institute of Livelihood Research and Training?

Institute of Livelihood Research and Training (earlier The Livelihood School) is an academic institution promoted by BASIX group, a livelihood promotion institution. The mandate of the Institute of Livelihood Research and Training is to build up a scientific Knowledge Base on livelihoods and disseminate the same to livelihood practitioners for enhancing their understanding and implementation capabilities, who in turn will promote large number of livelihoods.

The Context:

With increasing population pressure, technological advances, in the competitive global market, large numbers of people in India are bereft of stable livelihoods. It is now widely accepted today that promotion of large number of livelihoods, especially for the rural poor and women has emerged as the most significant development challenge of the century. Some estimates show that 12 to 15 million new livelihoods need to be promoted every year in India alone, to ensure near full employment. However, there are two significant bottlenecks, which are witnessed in the field of livelihood promotion. These include: inadequate availability of knowledge base on how to support/ promote large number of livelihoods, and inadequate availability of trained human resources who can participate in this work effectively.

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