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Understanding Rural India: Life and Livelihoods at the Base of the Pyramid

Dates: Nov 16 – 26, 2015
Venue: Bangalore

About this course

Rural India is undergoing unprecedented transformations, which have profound impact on the livelihoods of the rural poor by influencing the nature of their work, work related relationships, new opportunities, nature of rural-urban connect and household vulnerability. Understanding the nature of this transition in rural livelihoods is critical in order to design and participate in meaningful efforts to promote livelihoods security for rural households.

In this course, through the use of films, films, discussions, games, case studies and a field visit, we will attempt to develop an informed view of contemporary rural life and livelihoods and dispel some common false perceptions and myths. We will discuss how rural lives are impacted by social structures, government policies and interventions and market structures with which the rural populations engage in different ways. Participants will gain an appreciation of the challenges faced by those who are marginalized due to their caste, class or gender, and how this impacts their choices and livelihoods. Through these explorations, the participants will examine their own beliefs about the nature of livelihoods and development objectives when engaging with rural populations.

What you will learn

  • Familiarity with life and livelihoods of people who live in Indian villages
  • Ability to distinguish between fact and myths about rural India
  • Appreciation of the impact of government and market interventions on livelihoods
  • Understanding of the nature of social exclusion (gender, caste and class) and its impact on livelihoods, deprivation and poverty
  • Deepen your perspective about development objectives and core values of engagement with rural communities

Who should attend

  • Anyone considering careers in livelihoods and development
  • Working professionals in the development sector who are interested in gaining a broad understanding of current livelihood realities and interventions in rural India

Fees and Registration

  • Registration fee Rs. 300/-. All other fees are waived for this batch
  • Deadline for registration and payment of fee is October 26, 2015
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel and stay in Bangalore. Shared accommodation can be arranged on payment basis
  • Azim Premji University will provide free lunch/snacks on teaching days as well as free transport for a field visit as part of the course.

To register:

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