Livelihoods

Over 700 million Indians earn less than USD 3.10 per day. Whatever meager amount they save is not enough to spend on adequate healthcare, education, clean drinking water, sanitation and other basic necessities. Despite several public schemes and subsidies, and India’s economic growth over the last two decades, the vast majority of its population still struggles to make ends meet and improve their life chances. Within this context, Dasra has highlighted opportunities to invest in sustainable livelihoods to lift millions out of poverty and improve other development outcomes such as health and education.


Causes

Learn about causes that deserve urgent attention in India and leading social organizations spearheading transformation on the ground.
  • Keeping Girls in Secondary Schools

    Completing quality secondary education enables a girl to obtain a better-paying job in the organized sector. An extra year of secondary school increases a girl’s potential income by 15-25%. Investing in girls' education and empowering them to be opinion leaders and decision makers can address...

  • Employability for Adolescent Girls

    Engaging girls in the labor force, either through livelihood programs or through employment in the formal economy, is closely linked to a greater sense of empowerment, agency, increased mobility and a decline in early marriages. Dasra's report, Best Foot Forward, discusses the challenges of...

  • Harvesting Opportunities

    Sixty per cent of Indians make their living from the agriculture sector. Yet 86% of Indian farm households earn less than USD 1 per day per capita, which means making ends meet becomes a daily struggle. Dasra’s report, Harvesting Opportunities, explores the problem of failing agriculture in India...

  • Creating Livelihoods for Artisans

    India's industrialization and participation in the modern world economy is decades old. Despite that, millions of Indians still depend on indigenous modes of production, traditional skills and techniques to make a living based on handmade products. Artisans are the backbone of India’s non...

  • Empowering Adolescent Girls

    India could add ~4% to its economy if as many girls as boys were part of India’s future workforce. This is more significant from a development perspective since 90% of girls’/women’s income is invested in their family as compared to 30-40% of boys’/men’s income. Dasra’s work focuses on the...

  • Nourishing Adolescent Girls

    In 15 states in India, over 70% of girls suffer from moderate to severe anemia, which compromises their immunity and physical capacity to work. A country hoping to lead global economic growth cannot do so with half its future workforce operating suboptimally. Dasra’s report, Three Square Meals,...

  • Leveraging Sport for Development

    In India, more than half of the 13 million youth who join the workforce every year, are not equipped with either the technical knowledge or the life skills required to be productively employed in industry. This increases the risk not only of being unemployed, but also of being inclined towards...

  • Enhancing Youth Employability

    More than 42% of Indians live below the international poverty line and despite increased job opportunities and availability of workforce, there exists a huge gap between candidates’ skills and the expectations of potential employers. Of the 145 million in India’s labor force, 83 million youth...


Insights

Gain perspective on emerging discussions shaping the development landscape in India.
  • Scaling Social Innovation

    While the Indian economy, over the last few years, has managed a sustained GDP growth rate of over 6.5%, this growth has been far from inclusive. Over 90% of its workforce functions in the unorganized sector. The difficulties in working conditions are compounded by poor literacy levels and lack...

  • Grantmaking with a Gender Lens

    43% of women, compared to 87% of men, aged 15-49 in India are likely to be employed. Dasra’s whitepaper ‘In Sight’ will help grant makers realize how adopting a gendered approach will create deeper impact and improved returns in livelihood programs. It puts the onus on both, the givers (funders)...