Regional Head (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal) Ford Foundation
The World Bank has estimated that the number of people living in extreme poverty in the South Asia region has likely fallen to 13.5 percent of the region’s population in 2015. Despite the impressive economic growth and resilience in South Asian countries, the region is still home to a large number of poor. Nearly 70 percent of the poor in South Asia, live in the lagging regions. Economic growth alone is not enough to bring the extremely poor out of poverty as they may not be capable enough to utilize the opportunities provided by the economic growth. Moreover, poverty as seen by the poor themselves may not be just the low income but is a multi-dimensional web of poor health, social exclusion, illiteracy, and overall despair.
There is a need for joining hands in alleviating this poverty by focussing on sustainable livelihood through collective investment in livelihood resources, livelihood strategies, and reviewing institutional processes and organizational structures. This session will explore the dynamics of collaboration, and investment for nurturing an ecosystem for sustainable livelihoods.
- Which interventions have proven to be effective and scalable – and why – in developing sustainable livelihood opportunities?
- How to enhance the access to resources, infrastructure, and markets and finance, for the ultra-poor? What roles can state and local government play?
- How can we create an enabling eco-system for sustainable livelihood that brings funding, policy and service providers more effectively together?