My Impact as a CIP fellow so far: Fighting for my Community's Right to Skill Development

Madhuri Deshkar
Posted July 11, 2019 from India

One year ago, I received the Collective Impact Partnership fellowship to work on economic empowerment of women in Bhandara - a rural district in Maharashtra state. Today I am looking back and sharing with you the most significant impact that I have been able to create as a CIP fellow in the recent months. 

In our area, there is a government scheme called Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) meaning Prime Minister's Skill Development Program. But we normally mention this as Kaushal Vikas. The program aims to develop the skills of all the rural people, especially youths and women by giving them industrial training, so that they can find jobs.

Before I became a CIP fellow, I used to personally train people in my community. But since receiving this fellowship, I started to work on Kaushal Vikas as well. In the beginning I used to find it very difficult and confusing. But when I wrote my vision as a CIP fellow (which is aligned with economic empowerment of women in my community), I slowly learnt how to combine my other training with the skill development training of Kaushal Vikas. This understanding was a big impact that CIP brought within me. 

So what do I actually do as a CIP fellow and what work do I do which is related to kaushal vikas /skill development? Let me give you an example:

I did a thorough study to check the implementation of the Kaushal Vikas program in the villages of my district. What I saw is that several villages are implementing the program, but the fund for it has not reached them yet.

And then, there are many villages where the program itself has not reached and so these villages are left out. My work began by making these notes and finding these gaps was one of the impacts I have brought.

After that, I started to bring up this issue to the attention of the government agencies and the lawmakers from our area. In one of these efforts, I am not about to meet the Finance Commission ( a national government agency) and appeal to them to make the skill development program accessible to all the women in my community and my district, so that they can get the benefits of this program and have a better life.

My work is slow and very tedious because I have to read many documents, go out and meet people across villages, hold discussions, raise awareness and mobilize people, especially women to demand their right to economic empowerment. But I am making steady progress and the meeting with the Finance Commission might be a turning point for us all. 

 

 

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Hello, Madhuri,

Congratulations on being a CIP Fellow! I’m glad the fellowship help you develop a vision for your community and create concrete plans to achieve this.

Thank you for sharing your story. Please continue to update us with your activities here.

By the way, please check our Resources Page, there are a lot of opportunities for women in India there. You might find one that would fit you or your community.

Dawn Arteaga
Jul 12
Jul 12

Wow Madhuri congratulations! When is your meeting with the Finance Commission? Know that when you head into the meeting, your World Pulse sisters are standing behind you and cheering you on! You have such an important voice. Keep up the incredible work.

Beth Lacey
Jul 13
Jul 13

You are doing great work! Thanks for being a CIP fellow

Madhuri Deshkar
Jul 14
Jul 14

Thank to read my story

Jill Langhus
Jul 14
Jul 14

Hi Madhuri,

Thanks for sharing your update and clarifying what your work involves. I'm looking forward to hearing your appeal goes. Please keep us posted, and good luck:-)

Madhuri Deshkar
Jul 14
Jul 14

Thanks to dear friend

Jill Langhus
Jul 15
Jul 15

You're very welcome:-)

Hope you're having a great day!

Madhuri Deshkar
Jul 14
Jul 14

Thanks read my story

Sabah Khan
Jul 16
Jul 16

Congratulations Madhuri! Waiting to read your next story!

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