Sitaram Rao Case Study Competition 2013


There is a widespread perception that poverty in India is concentrated in the rural areas. Officially estimated urban poverty ratio (at 21 per cent on average for all of India according to the Planning Commission’s poverty estimates for 2009-10) is lower than the rural ratio of 34 per cent; the 2011 Census found that around 12 per cent of the urban population in “Class I” cities lived in slums, with higher rates in the larger cities. With increasing trends towards migration led urbanization, it is estimated that by 2022 the percentage of urban poor is likely to exceed the poor in rural areas.
The livelihoods of the urban poor tend not to be considered, much less integrated, in urban plans or policies. Though the urban poor make a significant contribution to the economy, most of their livelihoods are self financed and they get minimal assistance from state run organizations like urban local bodies and financial institutions. The colonies/slums they live in have minimal infrastructure and are often illegal. In order to focus policy and programmatic attention on the issue of urban livelihoods in a structured way, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has envisaged launching the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM), which will replace the existing SJSRY.
Therefore to focus on measures to support urban livelihoods, reduce risks, and address urban regulatory or policy challenges faced by the urban working poor, the 2013 Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition aims to seek case studies of experiences in enhancing the livelihoods of the urban poor. The case study should cover the following:

1. Socio-economic conditions and needs of the beneficiaries within which the programme was initiated and implemented;
2. Nature of engagement, intervention, support and strategies of the implementing agency for reaching out to the urban poor;
3. Impact of the programme in promoting sustainable livelihoods of the urban poor;
4. Factors that contributed to the success of the programme;
5. Critical challenges faced; &
6. Issues in achieving scale and sustainability and efforts made by the programme to address them.


Competition Organizer

ACCESS Development Services

*International Event*

*Available in all states*

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Competition Category
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Women or Minority-owned
  • Virtual/Online
  • Business - Global
  • Graduate - Global
  • Undergraduate - Global
Who's Eligible

Individuals or organisations implementing urban programmes or individual practitioners, researchers, students who wish to write a case on work on Urban Livelihoods..