Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation

Fieldwork


The second year fieldwork for LSE students pertains to three components namely Field (Rural/Urban Practicum), 3rd Semester Block Fieldwork and 4th Semester Block Fieldwork. The whole pedagogy of Fieldwork is influenced by the Double Loop Learning Approach of Reflexive Practice, Action Research and Design Thinking. The details of the fieldwork design is available HERE.

Field Action Projects / Other Projects/ Engagements :

1) Gorai Field Action Project

Consultations/ seminars held by the centres / faculty through field action projects :

  1. Inauguration of Right Livelihood College Campus (RLC), TISS and RLC Public Lecture 1 on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugle: The Impact of Neoliberalism on the Livelihoods of the Marginalized” by Adv Irfan Engineer on 18th August 2014
  2. Right Livelihood Public Event 2 (Panel Discussion) on “Transforming Livelihoods: Creating an Enabling Environmentfor Civil Society in the Asia – Pacific” by Mr. Basil Fernando (Hongkong), Ms. Sima Samar (Afganisthan), Ms. Medha Patkar (india) and Ms. Ruth Manorama (India) was organized on 5th March 2015
  3. RLC Public Lecture 3 on "Urban Development, Exclusion and Peoples' Struggles" was delivered by Medha Patkar on 5th January 2016.
  4. A regional Conference of Asia – Pacific Right Livelihood Laureates was organized by RLC, TISS (at the Centre ) from 3 – 6 March 2015

Nature of field work agencies. Please give broad themes / profile of field work agencies :

  1. Jan Sahas, a grassroots level NGO in Madhya Pradesh has been working towards the liberation and rehabilitation of manual scavengers, women in particular. There was an urgent need to design appropriate livelihood spaces, impart new skills and provide decent market opportunities. The organisation initiated the Dignity and Design. We helped them in strengthening the processes.
  2. Angna, is a grassroots level NGO working with marginalised and small-scale farmers in the Sundargarh district of Odisha. The organisation felt an important need to organize their farmers’ collective into a Producers’ Company.
  3. Dr. Reddy’s Foundation (DRF) is a non-profit partner of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. DRF acts as a catalyst of change that fosters, develops and promotes initiatives at individual, group and organization levels to achieve sustainable development. In Daund, the Foundation was trying to strengthen local food security and nutritional needs through diversifying farm produce through indigenous ways.
  4. Pahal, an NGO based in Bharwani, Madhya Pradesh strives towards the empowerment of tribal women and children in the region. There was need to empower marginalised tribal groups through the recognition and building of their existing skills such as making jewelry and ornaments out of metallic and glass beads and waste/recyclable paper.
  5. IRHDP, Aghai: The TISS Field Action Project began with the purpose of addressing the health challenges of the tribal communities in Aghai Village, Thane District. With the realization that livelihood components are strongly linked to health security and nutrition needs, we have begun the livelihood promotion and entrepreneurship development projects in the five padas.
  6. The Field Action Project of CLSI, TISS aims at improving the livelihood conditions of tribals and traditional fishworkers in Gorai, Mumbai.
  7. Srujanavani, Vishakapatanam. The organisation motivates volunteerism. This is done by creating a social platform to organize the communities for their own benefits and working on broad thrust areas such as rural development, urban development, education and self reformation process called man making.
  8. Pokkali fields, Kochi, Kerala. Pokkali rice is a traditional rice variety seen in the coastal belt of Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Thrissur districts. To a large entend it is saline, flood and acid-resistant. A cyclical paddy and prawn cultivation is practiced by the farmers and fish cultivators in the area. This practice provides labour and regular income to the farmers around the year. These fields were about 25000 hectares and now it has come down drastically.
  9. Jeevika, Bihar
  10. Daksya Academy
  11. URMUL Trust,Bikaner
  12. Sustainable Livelihood Institute, Auroville, Pondicherry
  13. The Goat Trust, Lucknow
  14. Odisha Livelihoods Mission
  15. Shroff Foundation Trust, Gujarat
  16. Shramik Adivasi Katkari Sanghtna, Medha, Satara Maharashtra (COROs grassroots leadership and fellowship programme)

Placements of students :

  1. GAIL, India
  2. TSRDS
  3. Tata Motors
  4. Dharma Life
  5. Janalakshmi
  6. State Rural Livelihood Missions
  7. Pradhan
  8. Foundation for Ecological Security
  9. SOS
  10. Many initiate their own social enterprises

Profile of students :

  1. Social Work
  2. Social Science
  3. Engineers
  4. Science
  5. Management

Public and Memorial Lectures organised by different centres :

  1. Inauguration of Right Livelihood College Campus (RLC), TISS and RLC Public Lecture 1 on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugle: The Impact of Neoliberalism on the Livelihoods of the Marginalized” by Adv Irfan Engineer on 18th August 2014
  2. Right Livelihood Public Event 2 (Panel Discussion) on “Transforming Livelihoods: Creating an Enabling Environmentfor Civil Society in the Asia – Pacific” by Mr. Basil Fernando (Hongkong), Ms. Sima Samar (Afganisthan), Ms. Medha Patkar (india) and Ms. Ruth Manorama (India) was organized on 5th March 2015
  3. RLC Public Lecture 3 on "Urban Development, Exclusion and Peoples' Struggles" was delivered by Medha Patkar on 5th January 2016.
  4. A regional Conference of Asia – Pacific Right Livelihood Laureates was organized by RLC, TISS (at the Centre ) from 3 – 6 March 2015