National Rural Livelihood Mission

Launched in 2011, the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) aims to link the rural poor in India to sustainable livelihood opportunities and financial services. 3ie, in collaboration with Ministry of Rural Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impacts of this large-scale programme on livelihood promotion and social mobilisation. 

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In December 2015, 3ie was commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for quality assuring and generating evidence on various aspects of the NRLM. We are conducting impacts evaluations, quality assuring selected evaluations on livelihood interventions and synthesising and mapping the available evidence on the effectiveness and efficiency of group-based livelihoods interventions. 

Evidence gap map on improving livelihoods through group-based livelihood programme: This map takes stock of available evidence on the impact of group-based livelihoods programmes on economic, social and empowerment outcomes in low-and middle-income countries. Click here to view the map.

State of livelihoods report: This upcoming report aims to provide evidence on the implementation of the NRLM across different states in India.

Technical support for building an evidence-ready monitoring and evaluation system: In consultation with the Gates Foundation, 3ie is collaborating with the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Mission (JEEVikA) to work on a management information system of a sanitation programme under the Lohiya Swachh Bihar Abhiyaan initiative.

Impact evaluation of NRLP: 3ie is collaborating with the rural development ministry, the Gates Foundation and the World Bank to conduct this impact evaluation. The NRLP operates within the ambit of the NRLM and aims to build capacities of the national, state and union territory governments, and create an enabling environment to facilitate transition of all state and union territory- administration of Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana to NRLM. The impact evaluation will measure the impact of NRLP interventions on the socio-economic outcomes and, draw key lessons that will help inform the design and expansion of the programme.

Process and impact evaluation of a rural development programme in Bihar: 3ie is conducting an impact evaluation of the Women’s Advancement in Rural Development and Agriculture (WARDA) programme, which focuses on household economic welfare, as measured by income levels and women’s empowerment. Technoserve, JEEViKA and the Gates Foundation collaborated to provide technical assistance on this intervention, develop a multi-year roadmap to form and facilitate smallholding women farmers’ producer groups.

Formative evaluation of Project Mesha: 3ie, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation, conducted a formative evaluation of a community-based pilot programme to develop the potential of goat farming. The main objective was to enhance the quality of life of landless and marginal farming households through improvements in small ruminant production. 

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