Livelihood Mapping is a methodical process that provides an opportunity to the practitioners to assess various opportunities to strengthen the existing livelihood choices and at the same time, identify new opportunities to strengthen the livelihood base of the individual, household and the community.

This methodology enables the practitioners to  
  1. enhance the understanding on the gaps in the existing livelihoods in the area of operation;
  2. build awareness about the various opportunities in the livelihoods that are locally being practiced or have a potential;
  3. gain a sense of the emerging livelihoods in the area; and
  4. develop a road map on promoting various community-based institutions to enhance access to livelihood support services.
Why livelihood mapping?

One of the important challenges that India is facing is creating livelihoods for a very large population. Livelihood promotion is a complex process as livelihoods are influenced by various factors including skills, resources that a household possesses, availability and access to various external resources such as natural, physical, social, human and financial resources. Due to limited access to knowledge and understanding on livelihood promotion, many Livelihood Promoting Organizations (LPOs) struggle to achieve their objectives of their livelihood promotion efforts. It is essential to have a systematic knowledge on the process of livelihood promotion which is possible by assessing the multiple factors that affect any given livelihood.

ILRTs experience in Livelihood program and mapping

ILRT has conducted Livelihood Mapping and studies across the country  for various agencies. Some agencies for which Livelihood Mapping has been conducted by ILRT –

Ford Foundation, Tata Trusts, IFAD, Helvetas Swiss Inter-cooperation, Hivos, UNDP, GIZ, The World Bank, and Department & Agencies of Government of India such as SFAC, NABARD, NRLM, CARE, Oxfam, Grameen Foundation USA, Plan International, Sightsavers, World Vision, International Fiscal Studies, etc

Sl. No. Title of the StudyName of the ClientYear of StudyAreas/Geography
1Livelihood Mapping of Bhor Block of Pune DistrictSterlite Technology Ltd2022Pune, Maharashtra
2Study on SHG Federations as Livelihood Supporting Organizations in MP & Tamil NaduNational Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development2014Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu
3Livelihood Mapping Study of Bastar District, ChhattisgarhGIZ – NABARD2013Chhattisgarh
4Livelihood Mapping Study of Mandla District, Madhya PradeshGIZ- India, Delhi2013Madhya Pradesh
5Mapping potential livelihood opportunities for Self Help Groups in Doda district Jammu and KashmirNational Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development2013Jammu & Kashmir
6Feasibility study on off-farm and non-farm livelihood option in OrissaCRCDC/OROSA, Bhubaneswar2012Orissa
7Life and Livelihoods in their Lights and Shades – A Situation Analysis in three panchayats in Gulbarga district, KarnatakaOrient Cement, Hyderabad2012Karnataka
8Livelihood Mapping in Gaya District Bihar – a situation analysis of three sub-sectorsGIZ- India, Delhi2012Bihar
9Identification of Livelihood Opportunities and Challenges of Forest Dwellers in Upland Areas of Northeastern States of India (North-East Study)Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad2011Northeast
10Identification of Opportunities for Sustainable Livelihoods and Economic Empowerment of Urban Poor in the STEER Urban ProjectLutheran World Service India Trust, Kolkata2011West Bengal
11Mapping Livelihood Opportunities: A study of vegetable sector in Maraquine, Maputo, MozambiqueIIRR, Africa2011Maraquine, Maputo, Mozambique
12Alternate Implementation Mechanism for major Livelihood Promotion Programmes of BiharState Government of Bihar & World Bank2010Bihar
13Income Generating Activities StudiesShree Vivekanand Research Institute & Training, Kutch, Gujarat2010Gujarat
14Scoping study and on Developing Alternative Implementation model for SGSY and NREGA for the RDD Govt of Bihar for WBThe World Bank2010Bihar and West Bengal
15Study of Sabuj Sangha’s interventions in the poultry sub sector in Sunderbans area of West Bengal stateSabuj Sangha, Kolkata2010West Bengal
16Study on livelihoods of forest dwellers in upland areas in Northeastern StatesCESS, Hyderabad2010North-east India