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Livelihoods Projects at the World Bank


The National Solidarity Project  commenced in 2003 as a massive effort to reach poor communities in rural areas where the insurgency was growing and opium production was booming.


The Social Investment Program  in Bangladesh has successfully tested the community driven development approach and is now scaling up to enhance livelihoods opportunities of the poorest of the poor. The geographical and thematic scope of the program is expanding to meet the needs of the poorest, especially those affected by disasters in the country.


Andhra Pradesh Community Forest Management (FORTHCOMING)

Andhra Pradesh  Rural Poverty Reduction Project Indira Kranthi Pantham is the local name of the Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Program. It is the longest running livelihoods program financed by the World Bank in South Asia. Its objectives are to build strong and self-reliant institutions of the poor - women's self-help groups and federations of self-help groups, to reduce girl child labor and increase girls' education, to support livelihoods among persons with disabilities, and to orient public agencies to the needs of the poor.

Bihar Rural Livelihoods Jeevika (or livelihoods) is the local name of the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project. One of the newest rural livelihoods programs, the Project began in September 2007. Its objective is to mobilize groups of women into socially and financially viable community organizations, who can then go on to access funds from commercial lenders as a group.

Chhattisgarh District Rural Poverty Project Nawa Anjor, or New Light, is the local name of the Chhattisgarh District Rural Poverty Project. The project started in November 2003. Its objectives are to increase income opportunities for the rural poor, to empower active groups of disadvantaged people, and to support village governments in becoming more responsive and effective in assisting the rural poor.

Himachal Pradesh Watershed Management Project (FORTHCOMING)

Karnataka Watershed Development Sujala is the local name of the Karnataka Karnataka Watershed Development Project. It began as a watershed management project but came to incorporate components relating to livelihoods development. Accordingly, in addition to its original objective of improving the productive potential of selected watersheds, the Project also seeks to improve the capacity of communities to actively participate in planning and implementing Project activities.

Mid-Himalayan Watershed Development Project (FORTHCOMING)

Madhya Pradesh District Poverty Initiatives Project The Second Madhya Pradesh District Poverty Initiatives Project builds on the experience of the original Project which began in 2001. Approved by the Board in June 2009, the Project seeks to empower the poor by helping them to organize into self-help groups and higher level federations such as village development committees, supporting investments in livelihoods by improving the business operations of these organizations and promoting employment through human resource development and job creation.

Orissa Rural Livelihoods The Orissa Rural Livelihoods Project is being designed to to enhance the socio-economic status of the poor, especially women and disadvantaged groups, in selected districts of Orissa.

Rajasthan District Poverty Initiatives Project The Rajasthan District Poverty Initiatives Project benefited a quarter of a million families in seven of the state's poorest districts during its first phase, which began in July 2000 and was completed at the end of 2007.

Tamil Nadu Empowerment & Poverty Reduction (FORTHCOMING)

Uttar Pradesh  Sodic Lands Reclamation Since 1993, the World Bank has been working with the Government of Uttar Pradesh to reclaim farm land rendered useless by high level of soil salts which is brought about by the lost of soil nutrients due to intensive cultivation and inappropriate use of heavily-subsidized nitrogenous fertilizers.


The Nepal Poverty Alleviation Fund  began in 2004, focusing on six of the country's 75 districts. This original phase proved successful, and the second phase was accordingly scaled up for implementation in all 75 districts of the country in 2008. 


The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund  has been in implementation since 2000 through two phases, and a third phase is being prepared. This is one of Pakistan’s targeted interventions to reduce poverty by empowering the poor, providing them access to productive assets, and increasing income generating activities.

Sri Lanka

Community Development & Livelihoods Project - Gemidiriya  which means village strength in Sinhala, is a 12-year World Bank-financed project that began in 2004. The project is currently being implemented in 7 districts and now reaches over in 1,000 villages.  The next phase of the program plans to expand to 5000 villages.

Community Livelihoods in Conflict Areas (FORTHCOMING)


Last updated: 2010-03-26

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