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Sitaram Rao Livelihood India Case Study Competition 2012

Fr. Arrupe Center for Ecology and Sustainability (FACES), XLRI Jamshedpur, and ACCESS Development Services jointly announce the Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition 2012, which seeks case studies of experiences in enhancing the livelihoods of the poorest of the poor. 

Livelihoods in IndiaIntroduction 

A number of large scale programmes of the government, as well as multilateral and bilateral organizations are putting much effort into poverty reduction. However, the poorest of the poor have been bypassed by most mainstream development initiatives. Different approaches are required to alleviating extreme poverty since the poorest of the poor face fundamentally different set of deprivations as compared to the poor. The biggest challenge they face is the lack of a stable income. Enhancing sustainable livelihoods of the poorest of the poor is thus a significantly important step towards reduction of extreme poverty.

The Sitaram Rao Livelihood India Case Study Competition 2012 has been designed to identify emerging models and practices that have significantly contributed to the livelihoods of the poor in India. Dedicated to Late Shri Sitaram Rao, mentor and guru of the Indian microfinance and livelihoods movement, the case study competition aims to bring together the collective intellect in the country and assimilates innovative solutions, breakthroughs, good experiences and best practices that can help change the poverty status in India.

The competition is a part of the Livelihoods India Initiative that has been initiated by ACCESS Development Services – a not-for-profit company whose overall aim is to incubate new institutions to enable their self-sufficiency and self-sustainability – to provide a national platform that enables research based documentation of, and emergence of a more nuanced discourse on, key challenges in promoting secure livelihoods for the poor. These in turn, are expected to trigger evidence based discussions on public policies and framing of more efficacious strategies of interventions, while helping to build a larger consensus within the field. It is with these objectives that ACCESS has forged partnership with XLRI Jamshedpur for a more robust initiative. This competition is also supported by Oxfam India.


The 2012 case study competition seeks case studies of experiences in enhancing the livelihoods of the poorest of the poor. The case study should cover a combination of the following themes/issues:

  1. Socio-economic conditions and needs of the community within the context of which the programme was initiated and implemented;
  2. Nature of engagement, intervention, support and strategies of the implementing agency for reaching out to the poorest of the poor;
  3. Impact of the programme in promoting sustainable livelihoods;
  4. Factors that contributed to the success of the programme;
  5. Critical challenges faced; and
  6. Issues in achieving scale and sustainability and efforts made by the programme to address them.

Who Can Participate?

  • The competition welcomes entries from Indian as well as foreign nationals.
  • Applicants may be management professionals, practitioners, teachers, researchers, or students.
  • Case entries may have more than one author, but the submission will be considered as one only.
  • Each applicant(s) may submit one case only.
  • Employees of ACCESS and XLRI Jamshedpur and their relatives are not eligible to participate in this competition. 


  • All participants are requested to send an abstract of maximum 500 words
  • of their case studies by June 25, 2012.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed and a shortlist will be announced on July 10, 2012.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be requested to send the full case study, not exceeding 5000 words, by September 10, 2012.
  • Once the final cases come in, they will be reviewed and 10 best cases would be selected.
  • The authors of the 10 best cases will be invited for a Jury Meet where the top 3 cases will be selected. (Tentatively in October)
  • The top 3 case study authors will receive cash prizes of Rs. 1,00,000, Rs.
  • 75,000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively and a compendium of the 10 best cases will be released during the Livelihoods India Conference 2012. (November 29-30, 2012)

How to Register? 

Participants are required to fill in a Registration Form and provide an Abstract (in 500 words) of their cases by June 25, 2012 (Monday). Please to go to the Registration Form. Also go through the details of the Competition on the website before sending in your registrations:

Source: XLRI Jamshedpur.

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