Designing and Implementing Last-Mile Service Delivery Solutions and Innovations: Lessons from India Rural Livelihoods Program

The World Bank has been working in partnership with Government of India and many state Governments in India for rural poverty reduction through development of rural livelihoods over last fifteen years. During this period, World Bank has supported programs (investment of more than $ 2 billion) which work directly with more than 25 million rural households. These results have now been used to s... view more


Lessons from the India Rural Livelihoods Program

Rural livelihood programs have created an ecosystem for inclusive rural growth by developing specific strategies and innovations for social, financial and economic inclusion of the rural poor, particularly in lagging regions and states.


Financial Inclusion of the Poor through Community Institutions

This e-learning captures 15 years of experience of Financial Inclusion in Rural Livelihoods programs using community institutions including self-help groups and their federations.


Lessons from the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project

Innovative approaches, such as, developing good quality human resources within the community, availability of resident consultant to provide just in time assistance to clients, placement and retention of young professionals were used to achieve higher order development outcomes.


Increasing Profit and Productivity in the Dairy and Livestock Sectors

Last-mile service delivery solutions and innovations within dairy and livestock value chains increases profit and productivity of small and marginal farmers.


Multiple Pathways to Achieve Health and Nutrition Outcomes

Rural livelihoods programs are using the platform of community institutions and partnership with public and private sector to achieve higher health and nutrition outcomes.


Building Synergies to Promote Climate Resiliency in Livelihoods in India

Sustainable livelihoods and adaptation to climate change aspects are being built in rural livelihood programs for reducing vulnerability and improving resilience.

About the Presenters

Parmesh Shah

Parmesh Shah is the Global Lead for Rural Livelihoods and Agricultural Jobs at the World Bank. In this position he provides leadership to Bank’s work in these areas and supports development of global knowledge and learning in these areas to offer solutions to clients and other development partners. He also leads the rural livelihood and development cluster in South Asia region of the World Bank and is involved in designing and supporting a number of large scale rural poverty reduction and inclusive growth programs in the region. His current areas of interest are economic and social organizations and networks of the poor, making markets and public services work for the poor, social entrepreneurship, ICT based innovations in agriculture and rural development, promotion of on farm and off farm jobs and public private and people partnerships for rural poverty reduction.
Prior to his current position, Parmesh worked as Coordinator of the Bank wide Community of Practice on ‘Participation’. In this role he supported development of operational knowledge and learning across the Bank group on community driven development, community participation, participation in development of country owned poverty reduction strategies and social accountability mechanisms,
Before joining the Bank, Parmesh worked for governments, civil society organizations, foundations and other bilateral and multilateral development organizations in Asia and Africa regions in the areas of community driven development, participatory approaches, institutional change and natural resources management.
He holds a D Phil in Development Studies from Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and B Tech degree in Agricultural Engineering from Pantnagar in India.
He has authored a number of papers and publications and has co-edited a book ‘Fertile Lands: Economic and Environmental Impacts of Participatory Watershed Development Programs.’ ( IT Publications)

Vinay Kumar Vutukuru

Mr. Vinay Kumar Vutukuru is a Senior Agriculture Specialist at the World Bank. He has 15 years of experience in Agriculture and Rural Development Programs and has anchored several development projects during his work with the World Bank, Agha Khan Rural Support Program, Center for Good Governance and Plan International. An agriculture graduate, Mr. Vutukuru holds a Master’s degree in Agribusiness Management from IIM-Ahmedabad and a Master’s degree in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School.

Samik Sundar Das

Mr. Samik Sundar Das is a Senior Rural Development Specialist at the World Bank. He has over 18 years of experience and has managed several programs in the areas of rural livelihoods, agriculture and watershed management in regions of India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Ethiopia. Mr. Das holds a Master Degree in Sustainable Development for Brandies University, Waltham,- MA, USA and a Masters in Social Work with specialization in Urban and Rural Community Development from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. He has a certificate diploma in Micro-Finance and Financial Inclusion from Boulder Institute of Micro-finance, Turin, Italy.

Priti Kumar

Priti Kumar is currently Senior Environmental Specialist in the Food and Agriculture Global Practice. Prior to this she worked in the South Asia Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Unit and the South Asia Environment and Water Resources Unit. She manages a number of operations in India on rural livelihoods, watersheds development and climate smart agriculture. She has managed the World Bank’s multi donor trust funds on climate change in the Maldives and Bangladesh. She has also worked on projects and technical assistance activities in India and Nepal that interface between climate change and rural livelihoods, agriculture and rural energy. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Kumar held a number of environmental roles in the private and NGO sectors and was a consultant with a number of international development organizations.

Priti joined the Bank in 2004 as an Environmental Specialist in the South Asia Environment and Social Units in the Sustainable Development Network and became Sr. Environmental Specialist in 2007. She has worked in large volume of Bank operations covering the areas of water supply and sanitation, local governance, agriculture and rural development. She has led a number of knowledge studies and technical assistance activities on climate change adaptation.

Ms. Kumar holds a Masters in Systems Design Engineering focusing on groundwater systems from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a Masters in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India.