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Diceflow

Available as a web platform and integrated android app, this product enables frontline staff workers in any setting (urban, rural, rurban) across thematic areas to:

  • Guide dialogue by the staff on multiple topics as defined by the programme
  • Create reminders and alerts for follow-up
  • Use customised non 1-1 based workflows for reporting and follow up
  • Allow decentralised analysis and decision making

Built within the framework of a prayer wheel, where every interaction is a continuation of the previous discussion, and enhanced by an easy-to-use UI and vernacular languages, this solution helps all the key staff in a programme plan and monitor their programme.

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design-for-success Domain Areas Leveraging Assets Livelihood

Measure of Livelihood

Inspired by the Sustainable Rural Livelihood framework, Measure of Livelihoods is a participative monitoring tool for assessing livelihoods.

The tool has three parts:

  • An iconised reference tool – which lets the community identify themselves with five kinds of persons within their village. The tool is derived from a series of indicators of five capitals, which are locally relevant.
  • Detailed case studies of select families. Choice of families is based on analysis of data from the iconised reference tool.
  • Understanding of the vulnerability context,which largely refers to factors affecting people’s livelihood and vulnerability.

The first part provides quantitative data and trends on how the five capitals behave within the project area. The second part provides the qualitative aspects, within the same sample, so that managers can take critical decisions such as re-strategising. The third part provides contextual information which validates the first and second part and also addresses the attributability of changes in livelihoods.

The tool has been used across multiple villages and has helped programmes assess the progress on outcomes easily. Please reach out to us for more information.

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PIE

This is a digital, societal platform that provides scale and integration to farmers and artisans. It serves the farmer and other stakeholders who play a vital role in the farmer’s livelihood. Such stakeholders are invited to this platform with an intent of exploring new opportunities, expanding business scope, exchanging data and even plugging into each other’s systems through interoperability.

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Domain Areas Leveraging Assets Livelihood monitor for results

3FOLD

3 FOLD – Wealthy, Resilient and Responsible Farmers
3Fold is about developing wealthy, resilient and responsible farmers – making them successful entrepreneurs and sustained job creators, helping them increase their income by three times. It believes in the empowerment of farmers and their entrepreneurship potential.

It addresses the key gaps of:

  • Lack of integrated services (end-to-end) which is appropriate to the farmers,
  • Need for ‘diversified options’ (value addition, farm, allied and off-farm), augmented by ‘integrators/activators at field level’ and ‘technology’, and
  • Establishment of a sustainable eco-system at a Cluster level, that enables collaborative actions for collective impact.

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Domain Areas Enabling Specialists Health Leveraging Assets TechTonic

Wash App

The solution consists of an Android app and web platform that helps hospitals monitor and execute healthy WaSH practices. The WaSH App has been made in accordance with the Government of India’s Kayakalp Guidelines prepared for healthcare facilities. The multilingual app has a simple and iconised user interface and configurable functionalities.

The adoption of appropriate WaSH habits within healthcare delivery systems on a real-time basis is expected to reduce delay in action when issues are reported, save time, save money, and, most importantly, save lives.

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I4WE Program Model

The cycle of ill health and poverty is kept intact by system inefficiencies, episodic treatment seeking behaviour of the poor, and minimal focus on prevention and non-medical determinants of health. The poor lose up to 1-2 months of productive time in a year to an illness of self and family. Almost 50-80% of them live with some form of undiagnosed illnesses and die earlier than those who are economically better off. About 50-60 million people in India have been pushed to poverty, in the last decade, because of health-related expenditure.

Invest for Wellness (i4We) is a system innovation in primary healthcare, which combines health and wealth interventions, and focuses on wellness for the poor in an affordable, quality assured and scalable way. The programme ensures the primary care of members, navigates them through a range of existing secondary and tertiary providers and uses a blended financing model. The model combines medical, behavioural and social science with an appropriate mix of technology and health financing. It is currently delivered in four settings – Urban, Rural, Factories and Sex Workers’ collectives.

In any setting, a household becomes a member by saving a minimum of ~ 0.8-1 USD per week in a local health group. When a family member is ill, they get free, prompt, convenient and empathetic care in the local clinic by a nurse and a dial-in doctor. When they are well, they are screened systematically for 10 high-burden conditions. In the case of chronic conditions, continued support to adhere to treatment and other changes, is provided. When the condition requires hospitalization or advanced treatment, they are referred to a quality assured network of providers and treatment adherence.

The i4We model is guided by the philosophy of “work with what works” and complements the existing network of health providers by making them more effective and efficient, with a customer focus.

Members get health advice, assured screening and treatment for 20 diseases and conditions, and priority access to health services.

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Climate Practice

Climate change consequences and effects on sectors, communities, and natural habitats are interconnected and complex. 

The Climate Practice at the Catalyst Group believes in a vision to build “A thriving world powered by resilient communities and carbon neutral systems”. Given the imperative to address systemic gaps in climate ecosystems and promote people-centric models at scale, the Catalyst Group intends to build on our expertise and relationships with vulnerable groups to strengthen climate action.

We work with vulnerable people who are disproportionately affected by climate change (small marginal farmers, marine fisherfolk, Nano, Micro, and MSMEs, street vendors, and indigenous people) to continue improving their resilience, or the capability to recover from or adapt to any climate-related disruption without compromising their lives, livelihoods, or long-term well-being.

Our Beliefs

Resilience building, climate impact proofing vulnerable populations, and enhancing their lives and livelihoods at a global and national scale lies at the core of our vision and our approaches stem from our core beliefs and expertise;
  • We believe that a holistic resilience-building approach is critical to eliminating the disproportionate impacts of climate change on the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable population
  • While transitioning to sustainable practices and solutions, if the transition isn’t just carbon neutral or negative, the extent of vulnerability will affect the long-term well-being of communities
  • Vulnerable communities, on their own, find it difficult to access and thrive in the ecosystem, given the complexity of the issues, intersectionality of sectors and multiplicity of actors. A singular unifying platform could help facilitate collaboration, pool resources and promote global replication to accelerate climate outcomes and achievement of SDGs
  • To unlock the potential of the system, geography and systems; a place-based community-led solutions in synergy with sector-wide scalable solutions are critical, enhancing the adaptive capacities, reducing the vulnerabilities and promoting sustainable development

Our Approach

We ensure that our beliefs are turned into action by employing impactful approaches like:
  • Ensuring vulnerable populations build resilience enhancing their long-term well-being outcomes
  • Calibrating and mobilising critical resources to ensure a just and carbon-neutral/negative transition
  • Working through communities and institutions to bring power—collective agency—to deal with the ecosystem
  • Collaborating with impact-focused partners, who can rally around climate outcomes to achieve scale, impact and sustainability in a collective fashion
  • Evangelising champions, solutions and models across geographies and sectors accelerating our shared vision and goals
We use multiple levers to achieve our vision, such as:
  • Building climate-smart innovations, models and solutions across geographies at scale
  • Empowering the adoption enablers by providing technical, strategic and innovative financing support to organisations and institutions
  • Activating the scale influencers through knowledge, evidence and policies
  • Collaborating and evangelising climate leadership through organisations, influencers etc.

How do we work?

1. Thought & Transformation:
  • Design and develop incursive ideas, solutions and practices leading to resilience building and just transition to carbon-neutral/negative state
  • Support innovation that can enable and expedite transformative climate actions
  • Pursue the appropriate strategies and actions to move toward climate-resilient pathways and just transition to carbon-neutral/negative solutions
2. Design & Demonstrations
  • Facilitate the design and scale-up of sustainable solutions
  • Mobilising finance and innovative financing mechanisms for generating models, solutions and practices that can work across geographies at scale
3. Collaborations & other Alliances
  • Engage with key actors and stakeholders to collaboratively champion the change

To address the various levers of impact, the Catalyst Group works with nodal organisations who have the relevant community integration and work at the succinct intersections,

GREEN Foundation works at the intersection of food, energy and health systems using regenerative models that integrate agricultural practices, sustainable land use and rural communities. Its mission is to ensure sustainable food production and livelihoods for rural communities through models that bring together the ‘society-science-market’ led by women and their collectives. GREEN Foundation, works on

Building climate-resilient communities

Sector greening

Carbon sequestration and Developing climate champions across sectors and systems

Swasti as the ‘health catalyst’ of the group, focuses on people-centric health and well-being with vulnerable communities as key participants. Swasti champions the ‘One Health’ approach that recognizes that the health of people is interconnected with people, animals, plants, and our environment. The effects of climate change and human health are deeply intertwined; with Swasti working intricately at the intersection.
Fuzhio specialises in enhancing opportunities for enterprises and the supply chain across various sectors. Fuzhio’s vision is to build thriving and resilient businesses and thereby Fuzhio specialises in promoting Shoonya (Circularity) and just transition (energy, water, waste and natural resources) to a climate neutral/negative state.
Vrutti has a strong grassroots presence and works closely in the livelihoods sector, enhancing people’s well-being through knowledge, innovations and transformative actions. Mobilising and institutionalising (institutions and clusters) small producers in order to build their collective agency and supply chain sustainability. Vrutti, strongly believes that ‘Sustainable Livelihood Approaches’ can be a great lever to address poverty, marginalization and inclusive development

We implement a number of important initiatives, including

The Regenerative Communities Model implemented by the GREEN Foundation adopts a comprehensive framework and a collaborative action model bringing in regenerative practices, livelihoods, health, and market. The women farmers’ owned and governed Janadhanya Federation and Janadhanya Producer Company anchor and drive this initiative. GREEN Foundation brings its expertise and passion related to agroecology, biodiversity, and women farmers’ empowerment, and orchestrates this action on the ground. This model ensures that every family has access to a set of support and services to undertake crop production, allied activities, and any non-farm enterprises, and address family-specific health and nutrition. The practices that are promoted are planned in such a way that there is biodiversity and resource regeneration. The work so far and the base of communities is giving enough confidence as a step forward in partnership with key enablers with this framework across the GREEN Foundation locations. Apart from the holistic model of Regen Communities, this initiative has developed specific components which can be embedded in other programs and scaled individually – Regenerative Agri Practices (RAP), BIoinput Resource Centre (BRC), Community Seed Banks (CSB), Value-addition Micro Businesses such as Cold Press Oil, Millet Processing Units, etc.
Shoonya (The integrated circularity initiative) front-ended by Fuzhio, works on making markets work for people and the planet. The objective of the initiative is to help companies accelerate to Net Zero and ESG goals through new building blocks to reshape the value chain and in the process create more value and share fairly. Businesses engage in improving their ESG outcomes and enhancing their transparency and measurement while improving on the management of energy, water and waste costs by implementing a range of solutions, which are integrated and financed. The overall approach reducing their carbon footprint and offset through tie-ups for offset activities (tree plantation, protecting soil and other innovative sequestering methods). Businesses see assured monetary, and social returns and their brand image is enhanced and celebrated through gamification and promotion.
Green Health Alliance (GHA) is an action-oriented alliance of diverse stakeholders to accelerate and institutionalise green health solutions for climate mitigation, adaptation and building resilience in the health ecosystem in a circular fashion. GHA works at the intersection of health and climate, moving the needle on mitigation mechanisms and adaptive capacity to prevent adverse health outcomes and build resilience both at the level of vulnerable individuals as well as health systems. While there are quite a few standalone solutions and service providers, implementing organisations active in the space, GHA is uniquely positioned to bridge the critical gap existing for a holistic convening platform that acts as a cohesive force to forge benchmarks of excellence out of the varied strands of effort existing in this domain. GHA priority intervention areas focus on the public and private health care institutional green transition and improve their resilience through carbon neutral transition, lowering institution-level GHG emissions, and sustainable water, waste and energy management. The Health sector (Healthcare & Pharma industry) is among the most carbon-intensive service sectors in the industrialised world. India is the seventh-largest contributor to the global health sector’s climate footprint.

Investing for Impact

We want to achieve impact at scale by co-investing with change agents to shape solutions and investments. Some of the work we have implemented in this regard is outlined below:

Our ambition as an organisation is to contribute to impact, scale and sustainability. We achieve this by partnering with large scale/deep change-makers and investors, enabling them to succeed through our capabilities of evaluation partnerships.

CIFF Collaboration

Deepening our work with CIFF is a strategic proposition for us. CIFF has been a pivotal partnership in nurturing our degree of association with the aforementioned SDGs since 2019. CIFF India’s climate investments are tapping into opportunities to shape India’s ambitions and activities around clean energy and climate change mitigation, by facilitating reform, transitions, and innovations that can help achieve low-carbon cities. In this collaboration, our goal is to ensure the measurability of progress across sectors of climate, geographic scales, and time and to be able to determine how successful the interventions are in reducing climate vulnerability and in keeping development on course. CMS strongly invested in enhancing M&E capacity and systems at the grantee level. And improving their ability to ensure progress on climate change toward national development goals

Working with CIFF India’s Power, Clean Air and Cooling portfolio partners, CMS co-creates and deploys Theories of Change, Cascade to Impact, Results Frameworks, Partner and Programme Level Management Information Systems (MIS) and Interactive, Tech-enabled Dashboards. facilitate indicator design workshops with sectoral players. Conducted gating review and uncovered insights for investment course correction.

Agri and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Finance Market Assessment in India

The objective of this study is to increase access to agri-finance by building digital agricultural lending platforms with financial institutions (FIs) and agribusinesses and to increase adoption of CSA technologies in the relevant agri-sub-sectors and value chains, contributing to the larger vision of WBG‘s Climate Action Plan 2021–2025. This study is expected to also feed into the climate finance strategy of the IFC, which aims to mainstream climate in the agriculture sector and in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). An interesting exploration of agri-finance, this study attempts to bridge the gap in financing for farmers and the other players in the value chain through private-sector lending while keeping profitability, technology, gender, climate responsiveness and inclusion in mind. This landscape study will also develop products for the value chain sector, looking at it from both the demand (farmers/value chain-implementing partners) and supply (financial institutions) sides.

Selco Foundation Collaboration

On the solar electrification project (2022-2023) to evaluate the impact of decentralised electricity of last mile public health facilities like Sub-centres (SC), Health & Wellness centres (H&WC) and Public health centres (PHC) in the states of Karnataka and Meghalaya. Currently, the baseline for the study has been completed. The primary scope of the study is to assess the extent to which the DRE program has impacted the performance of public health facilities and examine factors contributing to the sustainability and institutionalisation of the program.

Impact assessment from donors and funding partners to inform CEEW’s 20-year vision and strategic plan

As CEEW steps into its new decade, a deeper impact assessment from donors and funding partners is warranted to inform CEEW’s 20-year vision and strategic plan. This will not be a traditional impact assessment, but this provided a detailed look at where the organisation is today, and the trajectories ahead of it, to arrive at the following deliverables tailored for CEEW, mapping CEEW’s research, advisory and outreach, analysing perceptions around CEEW’s growth being organic, planned or strategic; areas, CEEW’s approach towards data and strategic outreach, its commitment to transparency and its position in the public mindset and analysing how donors perceive CEEW’s governance as well as the risks that CEEW must be resilient against, whether emanating from internal processes, external environment or strategic directions. Benchmarking CEEW against domestic and international competition was critical to consolidate the discussions and analysis and seek to provide insight into actions to strengthen the institution so that CEEW can take over the short- to medium-term towards its journey to Vision 2030.

Independent review of CAFs (Clean Air Fund’s) India Portfolio

A global philanthropic initiative whose mission is to use philanthropic grants to catalyse reduction in air pollution, and thereby improve people’s health and simultaneously mitigate climate change. CMS in collaboration with Agulhas focused on driving policy-level changes in the air quality space through the levers of data, demand, delivery and field-building. The study evaluated the progress of CAF grantees delivering the approved strategy, supporting the acceleration of NCAP implementation in India, contributing towards catalysing government and business action for clean air, creating a demand for clean air action from vulnerable groups and the general public and strengthening the air quality field in India. In extension, the relevance, effectiveness and replication potential of the approaches adopted was reviewed, and the study recommendations at a strategic level and operational level along with a new TOC for the CAF India portfolio is provided to the CAF management.

Regenerative Agriculture and Livelihoods (REAL) Fund

Is a $10Mn blended finance facility, that aims to create an environmentally and financially sustainable, scalable, and replicable model of bamboo production, value addition and sale via collectives of 7,500 farmers and 3,600 women artisans in rural Maharashtra and Karnataka who will who will collectively own and manage the end-to-end value chain of bamboo products (from the purchase of saplings for the cultivation of bamboo to sales of final value-added products). The project has been catalysed by USAID, Industree and Kois and is expected to launch in 2022. The project will establish farmer-producer organisations & artisan-owned enterprises to manage bamboo farming & artisanal production, deliver skills training & capacity-building programs enabling sustainable land management, efficient production & modern design, and raise capital via an innovative finance mechanism to equip farmers & artisans with seed, acceleration & working capital required.

Sustainable Development Goals

Despite the fact that Climate Practice will contribute to a wide range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our climate change and resilience workplaces an extra emphasis on the following SDGs
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Wellbeing for Workforce

Our Wellbeing for Workforce practise strives to make wellbeing a reality for the first mile workers and reach 100 million workers by 2030. We are committed to the Wellbeing of Workers, their families and communities.

Over the last 14 years, we have partnered with over 30 organisations and built our presence in over 351 factories across 14 states in India. We have also reached 12 countries across Asia and African regions through technical support on building capacities, programmes, systems and workplace policies. We have reached over 230,000 workers and their families (> than 60% are women).

Our work on worker wellbeing, gender equality and women workforce empowerment finds mention by International organisations and in alliances, such as the United Nations Foundation, World Benchmarking Alliance, World Bank, Walmart Foundation, ICRW, amongst several others.

We are a member of the World Benchmarking Alliance and are on the national consultation on Business and Human rights.

To respond to and address the COVID-19 related crisis around health, livelihood and social areas, we are building an Apparel Sector Response in consultation with key stakeholders from the supply chain.

Our core competencies are in developing replicable models on transformation, large-scale implementation, transferring knowledge and best practices that cut across the boundaries and sectors. We have designed and implemented various national and international programmes.

We have built a repository of solutions and approaches to complex problems. We strongly believe that both worker and business wellbeing can be simultaneously maximised, and not at the cost of each other.

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Health

At the Catalyst Group’s Health Practice, we consider it our responsibility to partner, especially with vulnerable communities, to help realise this potential through health and well-being.
 
Through a 360-degree approach, we leverage the strengths of a global social impact consulting firm and 25 years of experience. The Health Practice works across both Catalyst Management Services and its sister organisation, Swasti, a global south public health agency that partners with communities at the last mile to further health and well-being.
 
Our work centres around Health Systems Strengthening and Community Systems Strengthening with the aim of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), health equity and quality primary care for all.
 

Few initiatives include:

Facilitating the Learning for Impact (L4I) knowledge collaborative by USAID India Health Office provides insights and evidence to maximise the impact of USAID health investments in India
Launching India’s first city-wide environmental surveillance system that works to identify and respond to COVID outbreaks through strategic waste-water testing
Conducting a process evaluation of India’s first health-focused ‘development impact bond’ (DIB) to generate insights on the prospective role of performance-based financing mechanisms in global health programming
Designing the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) II for the Government of Nigeria to combat the challenges of addiction and trafficking, and providing monitoring and evaluation support to relevant government agencies
Conducting an evaluation of the World Health Organisation’s Regional Office for South East Asia’s (WHO SEARO) Collaborating Centers to assess the effectiveness of the partnership and identify influencing factors
Together with Swasti, raising over one billion USD from the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria
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Livelihood Practice

We work with vulnerable people who operate as small producers (farms, forests, allied industries, fisheries and MSMEs) to enhance their livelihoods. Our overall objective is to promote wealthy, resilient and responsible small producers at a national scale through inclusive entrepreneurship. Our approach to build wealth for small producers focuses on having effective market engagement and co-creating business solutions that benefit both businesses and small producers.

Our Beliefs:

Strengthening small producers and their livelihoods at a national scale lies at the heart of our mission and our work is built on a set of core beliefs and learnings:

  • We believe that the market and market-led supply chain development is beneficial for small producers given the volume and value of operations rather than production-based work
  • Commodity-specific and end-to-end operations are the best pathways to maximise returns
  • Small producers, on their own, find it difficult to access and thrive in the marketplace, given the scale, quality, investment, skills and expertise required. Therefore, a business service organisation partnership with entities like Vrutti and Fuzhio is critical for their betterment

Our Approaches:

We ensure that our beliefs are turned into action by employing impactful approaches like:

  • Ensuring small producers receive reasonable prices for the risk and effort they take in the value chain
  • Maximising the proportion of the consumer pie and reaching small producers
  • Calibrating Bundled services (market channel, capital and capacity building) and addressing their interdependencies to make it work for the entrepreneur
  • Working through collectives or clusters to bring power—collective agency—to deal with the ecosystem
  • Working with established market players and engaging with them as supply chain partners through co-investment is an effective way

We use multiple levers to achieve our vision, such as:

  • Building programmatic models and approaches
  • Providing technical and strategic support to organisations
  • Engaging and shaping investments and policies
  • Leveraging technology-enabled platforms and directly implementing programmes at scale

How Do We Work?

By building capacities for various actors (internal and external) based on market opportunities and institutional architecture

By facilitating appropriate financial services throughout the value chain—incubation, production, processing, marketing and so on

By forging business partnerships and orchestrating a range of solutions

By providing technical support—value chain studies, landscape studies, feasibility studies, business planning, hand-holding and mentoring support, institutional diagnosis and assessments, quality assurance systems, technology products, etc.

To address the various levers of impact, we work with a number of organisations like:

Vrutti, which has a strong grassroot presence and domain expertise, works on the mobilisation and institutionalisation (institutions and clusters) of small producers in order to build their collective agency and supply chain readiness

Fuzhio which specialises in marketing, bringing market opportunities to entrepreneurs, and developing a market-ready supply chain

The GREEN Foundation, that has a strong expertise in biodiversity and conservation, works to promote sustainable, climate-friendly practices

We implemented a number of important initiatives, including:

3-Fold – Working with Vrutti, the 3-Fold model aims at building wealth, resilience and responsibility for the smallholder farmers by working end-to-end on five major value chains. This model delivers six key services, customised and bundled, to the farmers. This programme has been working in six states with over 70,000 small and marginal farmers through 29 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs).

Walmart Vriddhi Supplier Development Program – Working with Walmart, the Vriddhi programme works with 50,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in India to expand their domestic capabilities and participate in the global economy. It offers on-demand learning and personalised mentoring for MSMEs, as well as onboarding and incubation support on Flipkart and Walmart Marketplaces.

Working with SEWA Bharat, we are providing mentoring support for strengthening Bihar’s only women-led Karnabhoomi Farmer Producer Company, set up in 2018 by 750 women shareholders across two districts: Munger and Bhagalpur.

Investing for Impact

We want to achieve impact at scale by co-investing with change agents to shape solutions and investments. Some of the work we have implemented in this regard is outlined below:

Inclusive Entrepreneurship Development Fund:

With the ambition of offering flexible financial products customised for individual small producers, we are in the process of setting up a blended finance facility through the innovative use of philanthropic and debt capital. We will be leveraging guarantee capital to “de-risk” the investment for investors and NBFC partners.

Establishing a Platform for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (PIE):

PIE follows the societal platform principles and leverages open-source technology, knowledge resources and deep hand-holding support from pools of professionals, enabling enterprises to directly access national and global markets and reach scale.

Partner for shaping policy, generating knowledge and evidence, and undertaking innovative work:

  • National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM): Vrutti and CMS are undertaking an impact evaluation of the NRLM (along with 3ie and Stanford University) to determine the impact of the programme using rigorous econometric methods. The study covers about 27,500 households across 9 states in India, about 1,000 village organisations and over 4,000 Self-Help Groups. This is a one-of-a-kind ongoing national programme to be evaluated, and the methodology is being celebrated with high policy relevance and evidence uptake by the government. The Ministry of Rural Development is utilising the findings to course-correct the elements of the NRLP and as design inputs for the NRETP (National Rural Economic Transformation Project).
  • Cotton Connect: The Organic Cotton Farmer Training Program is supporting 16,000 farmers across India to convert to an organic system of production that can be cost-saving and less damaging to the environment. CMS is undertaking an impact evaluation of the programme over 6 years, covering 8,000 farmers across 4 states, to determine whether;
  • Ensuring small producers receive reasonable prices for the risk and effort they take in the value chain
  • whether farmers can successfully adopt organic cotton production through an extension services program

This unique evaluation attempts to determine the profit margins and returns from organic farming. It also provides sectoral inputs on topics including whether going organic for a farmer makes financial sense, if so, how to support it, and if not, how to make it profitable, despite the fact that doing so is both climate-friendly and need-of-the-hour.

  • Agri and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Finance Market Assessment in India: The objective of this study is to increase access to agri-finance by building digital agricultural lending platforms with financial institutions (FIs) and agribusinesses and to increase adoption of CSA technologies in the relevant agri-sub-sectors and value chains, contributing to the larger vision of WBG‘s Climate Action Plan 2021–2025. This study is expected to also feed into the climate finance strategy of IFC, which aims to mainstream climate in the agriculture sector and in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). An interesting exploration of agri-finance, this study attempts to bridge the gap in financing for farmers and the other players in the value chain through private sector lending while keeping profitability, technology, gender, climate responsiveness and inclusion in mind. This landscape study will also develop products for the value chain sector, looking at it from both the demand (farmers/value chain-implementing partners) and supply (financial institutions) sides.
  • Economic Resilience model: COVID-19 has significantly affected the livelihoods of vulnerable communities. We are developing a scalable model for building economic resilience among vulnerable populations. Currently, piloting with 6,000 vulnerable households at three locations across the country with the Head Held High Foundation, Gopabandhu Seva Parishad (GSP), and Transform Rural India Foundation (TRIF) as partner organisations. The pathways designed to enhance resilience are conservation (cost cutting, risk reduction, etc.), diversification (of income and revenue streams), aggregation (helping the poor save and invest), and risk pooling (formal and informal insurance mechanisms).

We work towards the holistic development of small producers and to pave the way to a brighter future. All of our work is geared towards achieving the UN SDGs, specifically Goals 1, 2, 5, 10, 11 and 17.

To learn more about the work we do, contact us at