The Mitigating Poverty in
a poverty reduction initiative that will be supported IFAD within its framework
of the current Country Strategic Opportunities Paper (COSOP). In line with India’s and that of the Government of Rajasthan’s efforts
in mitigating poverty in the Western Rajasthan, the
MPOWER builds on experiences and lessons learnt under ongoing programmes, and
introduces some innovative features. The project is designed to reduce poverty
through the development of community institutions and support to various
livelihoods activities and setting up of services delivery systems initially.
The IFAD Formulation Mission for
MPOWER was fielded in
September, 2007. The Formulation Report prepared with the support of the Local
Project Design Team
presented a project that was designed to provide a model for scaling up of what
has performed well in the past and introduces elements to enhance
The IFAD management
reviewed the Formulation Report and raised the
following issues to be addressed by the Appraisal mission:
identification of suitable training institutes and service providers for
securing assurances from GoR for deploying adequate resources, in terms of
seeking tentative proposals for cooperation from DCC Banks, SBBJ, RRBs and post
offices with regard to development finance;
ensuring allocation of government lands on leasehold basis for he SHGs for
raising fodder and pastures;
securing agreements with MCCI;
obtaining feedback on the Formulation report from the LPDT and other
exploring the ways to avail global fund for environmental payments.
In accordance with the TOR dated
17 December, 2007, an IFAD Appraisal Mission
visited Rajasthan and the Project Area districts between 11 January and 10
February, 2008 primarily to examine the potential, nature, size and scope of the
proposed project in close collaboration with the stakeholders.
Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT), a philanthropic institution involved in rural development and community
institutions in India has evinced interest in co-financing the project and deputed a
representative to the mission. Prior to starting of the field work, the mission
was briefed by the Local Design Team with feedback on the Formulation Report.
During its stay in Rajasthan, the mission visited six project area Blocks of Bap
Sankra (Jaisalmer), Baitu (Barmer),
Balli (Pali), Abu Road (Sirohi)
and Sanchore (Jalore) and consulted with the stakeholders including the
respective Zilla Parishad officials and some of the NGOs working in the area,
CAZRI, NABARD, Commercial Banks, DCC Banks, RRBs, private sector agencies and traders. It also undertook
field visits to see some of the project area villages with an overall objective
of learning from the experiences gained by the communities and the stakeholders.
The findings of the mission were discussed at a stakeholders’ workshop held on 5
February, 2008 in Jaipur. The constructive feedbacks received from the
stakeholders at this workshop have been incorporated in the Report.
IFAD Report No.1529-IN, Country Strategic Opportunities Paper, January, 2006
The Formulation Report was circulated to all relevant embassies
in Delhi that
were invited to send comments and/or participate in a meeting convened on 8
January 2008. Comments received from DFID were considered for finalizing the
TORs of the Appraisal Mission.
comprised Mr A M Alam, Mission Leader, Mr Crispino
Lobo, Community Development Specialist,
Mr N Srinivasan, Development Finance and Gender Expert, Mr Sanjay Kumar Gupta,
Value Chain Expert, Mr K Narender,
SRTT Representative, Mr Shaheel Rafique, Implementation
Support specialist, IFAD, India Country Presence, Ms Silvia Guizzardi, M&E
Officer, IFAD. The counterpart experts consisted of
Mr C S Mehta, Joint
Director, WD&SC, RDPR, Mr O P Birwa, Additional CEO, Bio Fuel
Authority, GoR, and Mr K M Noordeen, Monitoring Officer, DPIP, GoR.
Mr Sanjeev Kumar, ARAVALI provided field support. Mr
Mattia Prayer Galletti, Country Programme Manager, IFAD, Rome provided overall
guidance to the mission with the support of Mr Anirudh Tewari, IFAD
Country Presence Coordinator, New Delhi. Mr Galletti and Ms Vartika Jaini, SRTT
joined the mission at briefing and Mr Tewari participated in the Stakeholder’s
workshop and the wrap up meeting in Jaipur.