Current News

Current News

Overview
 
Press Release
Archive

Latest News

`Amhi Sakhi’ SSP Newsletter July 2016 (Marathi)

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/my-drive

Unleash: Opportunities, Aspiratins, Leadership. Promoting Women’s economic empowerment for global change 

Ms. Prema Gopalan is a speaker on the panel Intern-linkages between Energy Transitions and Gender at 11.45 am on 05 July, 2016 at the the first India-Africa Women’s Forum on 04-05 July to be held in New Delhi, India. The Forum is hosted by Observer Research Foundation in partnership with the UK Department for International Development, and in collaboration with SheThePeople TV. http://www.orfonline.org/research/unleash-opportunities-aspirations-leadership-promoting-womens-economic-empowerment-for-global-change/

A Story of ordinary women planting seeds of hope to overcome the worst ever drought this year … 

On 1st July 2016, thousands of people in Maharashtra planted trees to avert the environment crisis… Swayam Shikshan Prayog’s on the ground team brings you a powerful photo essay by Atish Patel… Learn about how SSP supported by Misereor Germany and Huairou Commission in partnership with thousands of women farmers to mitigate the impact of drought in Maharashtra, India.

Here’s the link: https://social.shorthand.com/sspindia/uyK11eyqkc/standing-up-to-drought

Press Release

Book Launch and Discussion on ‘Crisis and Gender’ 

https://www.routledge.com/Women-and-Disasters-in-South-Asia-Survival-security-and-development/Racioppi-Rajagopalan/p/book/9781138122086 Chennai: On Thursday, June 16, Chennai will play host to a panel discussion on ‘Crisis and Gender’, with experts in the field from across India interacting with the participants. The discussion will follow the launch of ‘Women and Disasters in South Asia: Survival, Security and Development’, a book edited by Linda Racioppi and Swarna Rajagopalan. Ms Santha Sheela Nair, IAS (Retd.) will be the Chief Guest for the launch.

The discussion will be moderated by Swarna Rajagopalan, Founder and Managing Trustee, Prajnya Trust. The panel is made up of authors who have contributed chapters to the book, including: • Chaman Pincha, gender and disaster expert. • Eklavya Prasad, Megh Pyne Abhiyan. • Mihir Bhatt, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute. • Prema Gopalan, Swayam Shikshan Prayog. The launch and the discussion will be held at Kavikko Convention Centre, No. 6, Second Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore, between 3pm and 6pm. Participants include volunteers who worked during the Tamil Nadu floods of 2015, and others interested in learning more about the issue. The event is jointly organized by All India Disaster Mitigation Institute, Megh Pyne Abhiyan, Swayam Shiksha Prayog, Taylor & Francis India, and The Prajnya Trust. Please send a reporter to cover the launch and participate in the discussion. If you would like to schedule interviews with any of the visiting experts before or after the event, kindly get in touch with us on phone or via email. For more details, contact: The Prajnya Trust [email protected] 044 42146639 / 9840079133 / 9790990582

“Where others see problems,women see solutions.” 

Prema Gopalan presents the case of how women farmers are bringing food and income security while shifting to water efficient agriculture and sustainable action in the  Opening Plenary on Bridging the Gender Gap in Science, disaster risk in Resilience Dialogue in the UR:- Understanding Risk  in Venice, May 19 by World Bank. https://www.gfdrr.org/resilience-dialogue-technology-disaster-risk-and-gender-divide

The Better India has featured our women leaders and highlighted SSP’s efforts: Women in Drought-hit Maharashtra Prove They’re Better Farmers. Their Husbands Agree.

Women farmers bring home the food, keep suicides at bay

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/my-drive

       Project: Small Drops: Big Changes…

 

        Grassroots Women lead the Fight against t​he Marathwada Drought

 

You are aware that the Marathwada region in Maharashtra more than the rest, is hit by the worst ever drought crisis.

Every crisis is an opportunity for problem solving.

Women farmers from marginal and small​farmer households are emerging as the key problem solvers and decision makers.

​​​ Since 22nd September 2015, an Overcoming Drought campaign ​​​has reached key messages to over 10,000++ poor women and families. ​

​Now SSP teams and community women leaders have intensified ​efforts.​

Project      : Small Drops: Big Changes

Coverage : 100 villages

Districts    : Latur, Beed, Osmanabad, Nanded, Solapur

Duration  : ​May to Dec 2016

Women farmers are trained as community leaders to fight drought.

They partner with Gram Panchayats to make micro-plans ​ ​for​adoption of resilient practices around water, agriculture and livelihoods. ​​

SSP train​s women leaders and provide​s technical and financial support to fast track community plans.

 

Priority Activities:   

Water Conservation: ​ immediate recharge of water sources, farm ponds, check dams, rainwater harvesting

Agriculture: low chemical inputs, water efficient

​Environment: Plant more trees​

Livelihoods: ​diversify enterprises and offer low interest livelihood loans

We call upon you to pledge funds to SSP to enable GRASSROOTS WOMEN CHANGE-MAKERS IN THEIR FIGHT TO REVERSE DROUGHT.

For more information email [email protected] and call Upmanyu Patil ​ ​8605016700​.

Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) is head​ quartered at Pune, India. It’s two decade efforts have grown to cover eight districts in Marathwada, Vidarbha in Maharashtra and other States in India

and impacted over 8 lakh households in last five years.

Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award- India 2015

https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/rsrc.php/v2/y4/r/-PAXP-deijE.gif स्वयंशिक्षणच्या प्रेमा गोपालन यांना पुरस्कार

18-Oct-2015 | Tags : prema gopalan ssp

लातूर (आलानेप्र): सामाजिक व्यावसायिकतेसाठी दिल्या जाणार्‍या सामाजिक व्यावसायिक पुरस्कार २०१५ साठी स्वयंशिक्षण प्रयोगच्या प्रेमा गोपालन यांची निवड झाली असून त्यांना ०३ नोव्हेंबर रोजी दिल्ली येथे केंद्रीय मंत्री पियुष गोयल यांच्या हस्ते हा पुरस्कार देण्यात येणार आहे. सामाजिक व्यावसायिकतेसाठी शोएब फाऊंउेशन वल्र्ड इकॉनॅमिक फोरमची उपसंस्था ज्युबिलंट भारतीय फाऊंडेशनच्या भागिदारीतून चार महिलांना सामाजिक व्यवसायीक पुरस्कार देण्यात येतो. देशभरातील व्यवसायीकतेतून ही निवड करण्यात येते. हा पुरस्कार युवा विकास, शहरी कचरा व्यवस्थापन, ग्रामीण व्यावसायिकता व बालहक्क आदी कार्यासाठी दिला जातो. त्यानुसार स्वयंम् शिक्षण प्रयोगच्या संचालिका प्रेमा गोपालन यांची या पुरस्कारासाठी निवड झाली आहे. त्यांनी मागच्या दोन दशकात ७० हजार पेक्षा जास्त महिलांना व्यवसायाकरिता महिलातून नेतृत्व विकास करण्याचे काम केले आहे. या समुहामार्फत ५ हजार महिला बचतगट, लघु पतपुरवठा, ग्रामीण महिला व्यावसायिकांना प्रशिक्षण व सेवा आदी देण्यासाठी कार्य केले आहे. ही संस्था १९९३ च्या भुकंपापासून काम करत असून येत्या पाच वर्षात १० हजार महिलांना व्यावसायिक बनविण्याचे उद्दिष्ट ठेवले आहे. त्यांना मिळालेल्या या पुरस्काराबद्दल कौतुक होत आहे. थोडा पूर्वेतिहास… जलस्वराज्य योजनेचे प्राथमिक अवस्थेतील प्रायोगिक प्रकल्प स्वंयशिक्षण प्रयोगने यशस्वी केले. लोकसहभागाची भावना ग्रामीण जनतेत रुजवली. या सोबतच आरक्षणातून पुढे आलेल्या महिला पदाधिकार्‍यांचं प्रशिक्षण सातत्यानं केलं. घटना दुरुस्त्या, त्यांनी दिलेले अधिकार, कर्तव्ये याबाबत शिबिरे घेऊन माहिती दिली. महिलांसाठी असलेल्या शासकीय योजनांची माहिती विविध पुस्तिकांद्वारे दिली. महिलांना नव्या आणि आधुनिक व्यवसायात आणण्याचा प्रयत्न या संस्थेनं केला. किशोरींचे मेळावे, त्यांची संगणक आणि अन्य प्रशिक्षणे केली याचे दृश्य आणि सकारात्मक परिणाम ग्रामीण भागात दिसत आहेत.

Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award- India 2015  Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) has been selected as one of the four finalists of the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2015. The winner of the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015 will be announced on 03 November, 2015 in New Delhi after the jury meeting at the gala dinner organized by the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation. Jubilant Bhartia Foundation joined hands with the Schwab Foundation in 2010 for Social Entrepreneurship to launch the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Award in India. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation are dedicated to promoting social innovation in India. In recognizing social entrepreneurs who address the needs of under-served communities in both scalable and sustainable ways, we aim to make inclusive growth in the country a reality. The Social Entrepreneur of the Year award celebrates leading social entrepreneurs and their ventures that design and implement innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to address poverty and the lack of basic services and resources in ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ultra-poor communities (i.e. health, education, job creation, water, clean energy and access to information and technology).

Marathwada Drought Crisis: Women’s Collectives Instill Hope … 

Marathwada Drought Crisis: Women’s Collectives Instill Hope …

SSP has won the #mBillionth South Asia Award 2015

Swayam Shikshan Prayog was awarded the 6th mBillionth South Asia Award 2015 under the M-Health Category on July 23 2015, New Delhi, India. Out of 320 total applications under 11 categories from 8 countries across South Asia, SSP was shortlisted as one of the 53 finalists and Top 8 finalists under M-Health category 2015. SSP received the award for its technology enabled project being implemented in partnership with Sofomo Embedded Solutions Pvt. Ltd for “Arogya Sakhi: Delivering Preventive Healthcare at the Doorstep - Empowering women as Arogya Sakhis/ Health Entrepreneurs.” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1019193358099913&set=pcb.1019193541433228&type=1

Flood Preparedness Training of Trainer’s Training at Nepal 

ICIMOD invited Mr. Laxmikant Malvadkar as SSP representative to deliver flood preparedness training of trainers to Nepal organizations. The two days TOT and 3 days village meetings conducted from 27th  June to 5th  July. Village meetings conducted in TRIYUGA region at Gaighat of Nepal.

Ms. Prema Gopalan with the British High Commissioner and Hon Minister Maneka Gandhi 

Info on Best Innovation Awards received by SSP !

Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) has won the Best Innovation: Social Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Business Models awarded by the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM) at the Maharashtra Rural Livelihoods Innovation Forum (MRLIF) on 27th January, 2014. MSRLM through the MRLIF aims at partnering with organizations that go beyond income generation activities and employment programs to include capacity building, financial inclusion, social mobilization and marketing services which are important elements of livelihoods enhancement.MRLIF is a forum which recognizes such innovations in areas of social and financial inclusion, livelihood and sub sectors, social entrepreneurship and inclusive business models. The award was presented to the Founder and Director of SSP, Ms. Prema Gopalan by eminent dignitary, Shri Jairam Ramesh, Honorable Minister for Rural Development.SSP was selected as the finalist amongst 38 finalists shortlisted from over 400 applications in Maharashtra.SSP shall partner with MSRLM to scale up its impact in Maharashtra by employing a co-creation model for the BoP that allows rural women entrepreneurs to directly collaborate with private corporations through our recently established Clean Energy Hub -an innovative platform designed to provide a one-stop-shop to the private sector for accessing the rural market and significantly improve clean energy access through the network of Sakhis.Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) has won the Best Innovation: Rural Energy Sector awarded by the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) at the Bihar Innovation Forum (BIF) on 31st January, 2014.   The Bihar Innovation Forum is an initiative of the Government of Bihar supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) in collaboration with the State Innovation Council. SSP was one of the 67 finalists shortlisted from 2000 applications received on a Pan India basis. The award was presented to the Program Director of wPOWER project in SSP Mr. Upmanyu Patil and the Team Leader of Entrepreneurship Training Program Mr. Laxmikant Malvadkar by eminent dignitary, Shri.Nitish Kumar, Honorable Chief Minister, Bihar. The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society shall partner with the winners to replicate and scale up their innovation in Bihar by facilitating access to Human Resources, Investments and Credit, Economic Capital and Last Mile Delivery Support. SSP seeks to partner with BRLPS and other private and public corporations in Bihar to employ a co-creation model for the BoP that allows rural women entrepreneurs to directly collaborate with private corporations through our recently established. Clean Energy Hub -an innovative platform designed to provide a one-stop-shop to the private sector for accessing the rural market and significantly improve clean energy access through the network of Sakhis.

Bank of Ideas & Innovations

Innovation is the driver of growth and is a key source of competitive advantage, a multiplier of economic activity, employment and development. The importance of innovation cannot be over-emphasized in the context of the development challenge faced in the rural areas, where widespread poverty, infrastructural limitations and complex socio-cultural issues pose formidable challenges.Most innovations in the rural context often emerge from the stakeholders themselves - the self-help groups, the NGOs, the entrepreneurs, research institutions; and unless identified, supported and promoted, would not get scaled up into a general practice. The Ministry of Rural Developmentis committed to embrace these innovations in order to accelerate development.  A concerted effort will therefore be made to identify, evaluate and promote the innovation as it happens in the rural areas, and thereby open up pathways for prosperity of the rural poor. Innovation is the driver of growth and is a key source of competitive advantage, a multiplier of economic activity, employment and development. The importance of innovation cannot be over-emphasized in the context of the development challenge faced in the rural areas, where widespread poverty, infrastructural limitations and complex socio-cultural issues pose formidable challenges.Most innovations in the rural context often emerge from the stakeholders themselves - the self-help groups, the NGOs, the entrepreneurs, research institutions; and unless identified, supported and promoted, would not get scaled up into a general practice. The Ministry of Rural Developmentis committed to embrace these innovations in order to accelerate development.  A concerted effort will therefore be made to identify, evaluate and promote the innovation as it happens in the rural areas, and thereby open up pathways for prosperity of the rural poor.

Innovations

While recognising the multi-dimensional nature of poverty, the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) has made efforts in Bihar and Maharashtra to identify ideas that transform the livers of rural poor, through a sustainable and scalable rural livelihood solutions. Accordingly, innovations in the following (8) thematic areas have been invited in the Bihar Innovation Forum, and successful innovations have been awarded i. Agriculture ii. Livestock iii.  Financial services iv.  Rural energy v. ICT based solutions vi. Skill development and Non-farm sector vii.Access to entitlements viii.            Access to services The Maharashtra Rural Livelihoods Innovation Forum 2013 sought to promote innovations in the following (7) thematic areas: i. Social inclusion ii. Financial inclusion iii.            Livelihoods iv. Technological innovation v. Media and communications vi. Public sector innovations vii. Social entrepreneurship

Bank of Ideas & Innovations

The ministry is cognizant to the fact that the innovations are at multiple stages of growth and therefore need varied kinds of support to realize the true potential. The innovators have been classified into three categories to develop tools & support targeted for a particular category. Scalable Solutions:These categories of innovations are the ones that have proven success on in the field. These are essentially mature & stable solutions adopted at scale in rural areas and need government support for the solution to reach a much larger audience. The ministry has held two innovation forums in Bihar & Maharashtra to identify some such solution providers, a list of which can be found here (www.biharinnovationforum.in) & (http://www.msrlm.org/mrlif/) Social Enterprises: There are many exciting innovations been prototyped by young entrepreneurs that are solving social problems. These entrepreneurs need mentoring, hand holding and financial support. The ministry is committed to supporting them to create a robust pipeline of scalable enterprises. Grass-root Innovators: An effort pioneered by the Honey Bee Network and the National Innovation Foundation, ministry will be extending specific support to solutions that are scalable locally. This is something that will bring out the innovativeness of the rural youth and local support institutions will be invigorated to provide the necessary hand holding to the grass root innovators. MoRD in Bihar, the sample of which can be seen here<fb page link https://www.facebook.com/rootsofinnovation>, conducted a similar exercise. Partner Institutions: There are a number of prestigious institutes supporting innovations in their infancy. The Ministry will partner with such institutions such that the institutions have more capacity and inclination to come up with solutions to the more pressing problems of rural India. Objectives Bank of Ideas & Innovations(BII) is a permanent forum for identification, evaluation and promotion of innovations & appropriate technologies in and for the rural India. The objectives of the Forum are to identify, evaluate and promote innovations that help in: a)      Rapid reduction in poverty b)      Improving the living standards of rural population, with focus on rural poor c)      Improve governance systems in rural areas and d)     Empower the rural population.   Methodology Frequency:The ministry will conduct a half-yearly sweep (1st Aug – 26th Jan; and 1st Feb – 15th Aug) across the country in select themes where innovations are proactively solicited / identified, evaluated and the best innovations are awarded. Electronic Dropbox:The website, www.ruralinnovations.gov.in will be a one stop shop for all rural innovators where they will be able to submit their ideas and also get links to useful resources and toolkits. The submitted ideas will be for the consideration of The Ministry. Like any other bank, this would function best when the property is shared carefully, discreetly but most importantly, the customers need to entrust the bank with their wealth. Innovation Cell:The Ministry will create a dedicated innovation cell for the purpose of managing this biannual process in collaboration with a knowledge partner. The knowledge partner will assist in rigorous desk and on field evaluations. Subject matter experts, academicians & practitioners will do the evaluations.The innovations would go throughrigorous desk appraisals and on field due diligence. Usefulness to the rural community and their readiness to accept the solution will be the determining factors. Scale up: Each division of MoRD will earmark 5% of its funds to provide support to the innovators. The activities would include partnering with innovators, holding capacity building workshops.