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Thematic Development of a Panchayat

Gram Sansad enables a Panchayat to adopt a thematic development plan for holistic improvement based on the particular theme of LSDGs. Gram Sansad will capacitate elected representatives and functionaries to deliver on their mandated theme through participatory local planning and interlinkages with related parties and organizations.

Training

Gram Panchayats will be assisted to execute exemplary practices on achieving thematic village goals through different convergent actions. Gram Sansad will demonstrate innovative models, share strategies, approaches, and nurture specialized collaborations to institutionalize theme implementation.

Exposure Visits

The village representatives will be exposed to the good practices adopted and implemented by other Gram Panchayats. Gram Sansad will conduct skill transfer workshops that will provide a platform for the peer learning of Panchayats on various models to institutionalize the process of LSDGs through the lens thematic approach at grassroots level.

Challenge Mapping

Gram Sansad collaborates closely with the rural populations to build an innovative, sustainable livelihood model that addresses the issues they face in a multidimensional manner by inter-linking various aspects of the livelihood value chain instead of having a myopic focus.

Baseline Survey

We as development practitioners are trying to bridge the gap between government schemes and at the grass root levels. In order to make our interventions impactful, we need to know the ground realities which we obtained from the survey.

Recognition

Gram Sansad will rank all the Panchayats based on their performance under each of the 9 LSDG themes. The primary objective through this ranking will be to assess the performance of Panchayats in attainment of SDGs, promote competitive spirit among them and catalyze the process of LSDGs through PRIs for attaining targeted LSDGs goals set by the government.

Rural Commerce

Gram Sasad through its “Go Rural” brand aims to establish market linkages, connections and networks between different villages or rural areas to facilitate the exchange of goods, services, and information through local markets. It aims to enhance economic activities and improve livelihoods by creating opportunities for producers, traders, and consumers in multiple villages to engage in trade and commerce. Inter-village market linkages can take various forms, depending on the specific context and resources available. Here are some common approaches:

Market Infrastructure: Developing infrastructure such as manufacturing facilities, warehouse and storage, packaging units, and marketplaces can improve availability and quality. This reduces wastage, introduces cost efficiency and attract more buyers and sellers.

Information Sharing: Establishing communication channels and disseminating market-related information is crucial for effective inter-village market linkages. This can include sharing price information, market trends, demand-supply dynamics, and agricultural best practices. Mobile phones, radio broadcasts, community bulletin boards, or local information centers can be utilized for this purpose.

Collective Marketing Initiatives: Encouraging farmers and producers from different villages to form cooperatives or associations can enhance their bargaining power and enable collective marketing of their products. Joint branding, bulk sales, and coordinated supply chains can help improve efficiency and profitability.

Value Chain Development: Supporting the development of value chains within and across villages can enhance productivity and competitiveness. This involves providing training, credit, and technical assistance to small-scale producers, facilitating access to inputs and technology, and promoting value-addition activities such as processing and packaging.

Market Access and Linkages: Organizing regular market fairs, trade exhibitions, or buyer-seller meets can connect producers with potential customers and expand market opportunities. Additionally, linking village-level markets with regional or urban markets through established supply chains can help access larger consumer bases.

Financial Services: Facilitating access to financial services such as microcredit, savings, and insurance can strengthen inter-village market linkages. Small loans can help farmers invest in their businesses, while savings and insurance products provide a safety net during lean periods or in case of unforeseen events.

Policy Support: Government policies and programs play a crucial role in promoting inter-village market linkages. Governments can create an enabling environment through supportive policies, infrastructure development, and targeted interventions that encourage market integration and address barriers to trade.

Inter-village market linkages contribute to rural development by stimulating economic growth, reducing poverty, and fostering social cohesion. They enhance market opportunities for rural communities, increase income generation, and promote sustainable agriculture practices.

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