Livelihoods India Summit 2021

December 16-17, 2021 
New Delhi


About Livelihoods India

Livelihoods India was initiated in 2010 as a national level initiative to bring together diverse stakeholders on a single platform to discuss critical issues that impede and afflict the livelihoods of the poor. ACCESS Development Services set up this platform in order to understand and assess the key issues and challenges that the poor face in sustaining their livelihoods and microenterprises and also to craft a vision and strategy for moving them from subsistence to sustainable levels.
Since then, the platform has evolved significantly and has emerged as an …


Speakers at Livelihoods India Summit 2020

Vipin Sharma


Access Development Services

S. Sivakumar

Group Head

Agri & IT Businesses ITC Ltd.

Shankar Venkateswaran

Advisor - Sustainability, Society, Business

Shrashtant Patara

Sr. Vice President

Development Alternatives

Dr. Arvind Mayaram


ACCESS Development Services

N Srinivasan


Development Finance & Rural Livelihoods

Girija Srinivasan


Development Finance and Rural Livelihoods

Dr. C Shambu Prasad


Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)

Pravesh Shrama

Co-Founder and CEO

Kamatan Farm Tech Pvt. Ltd

Madhu Sharan


Hand in Hand

Amit Bhatia


Aspire Impact and Aspire Circle

Ravi Kiran


Metaphor Racha

Dr. Rajesh Tandon


Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)

Dr. Purvi Mehta

Head of Asia for Agriculture

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Nagendra Nath Sinha


Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India

Shoko Noda

UNDP Resident Representative in India


Sanjay Garg

Founder & Textile Designer

Raw Mango

Anil Kumar

SG Founder and CEO


Vijay Mahajan

CEO, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation & Director

Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies

Aloka Majumdar

Head of Corporate Sustainability

HSBC India

Ashis Mondal

Founder Director

Action for Social Advancement (ASA)

Arindom Datta

Executive Director and Head of Rural & Development Banking / Advisory


Dr. Indradeep Ghosh

Executive Director

Dvara Research

Rajiv Khandelwal

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Aajeevika Bureau

Dr. Sanjiv Phansalkar


VikasAnvesh Foundation

Dr. Ravi Srivatsava


Centre for Employment Studies, Institute for Human Development

Dr. Rathin Roy

Managing Director - Research & Policy


Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala

Executive Chairman, Capital India Finance Ltd. and Former Chairman


Dr. Saurabh Garg

Princpal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmer’s Empowerment

Government of Odisha

Sanjeev Kumar Chadha

Manging Director


Kuldeep Solanki


Gujpro Agribusiness Consortium Producer Co. Ltd.

Ishteyaque Amjad

Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications

Coca-Cola India and South West Asia

Bala Madhvan Kutty

Rural Development Specialist

World Bank

Gayatri Divecha

CSR Head

Godrej Companies Ltd.

Neelam Maheshwari


Deshpande Foundation

Kanta Singh

Country Programme Manager

UN Women

Nidhi Pundhi


HCL Foundation

Ashwini Saxena


JSW Foundation

C S Reddy

Founder and CEO


Ingrid Srinath

Director, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy

Ashoka University

Royston Braganza


Grameen Capital

Sreya Mazumdar

Executive Director

All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association

Archana Shah



Ritu Sethi


Craft Revival Trust

Devika Mahadevan

Head, Communications & Strategy

Mann Deshi Foundation

Amit Arora

Rural Development Finance

World Bank

Sriraman Jagannathan

Executive Vice President Asia

Women’s World Banking

William Bissell



Jaya Jaitly


Dastkari Haat Samiti

Gayatri Vasudevan

Cofounder & CEO


Sitaram Rao Case Study Competition

Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition


ACCESS instituted the Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition in 2009, in the memory of Late Sitaram Rao, a Director on the Board of ACCESS and one of the pillars of India's microfinance movement. The Competition was instituted as a pioneering initiative by ACCESS to identify and collate models and practices that have significantly contributed to livelihoods promotion of the poor in India. The Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition therefore aims at bringing together the collective intellect of the sector and assimilating innovative solutions, breakthroughs, good experiences and best practices that help in learning from diverse sector experience and impact poverty reduction. The Sitaram Rao Case Study Competition 2020 is being supported by Vaya Trusts.


The Case Study Competition is organized annually around a specific theme, under which entries are solicited, assessed and the 10 best case studies are brought together into a Case Study Compendium that is released at the Livelihoods India Summit. The theme for this year's Case Study Competition is Advancing Agro and Food Processing Enterprises for Rural Development. 

Livelihoods India Share Fair

Livelihoods India Share Fair is a marketplace for exchange of experiences, information, and networking amongst corporates, social enterprises, not-for-profits and other delegates.

The Share Fair offers the sector significant benefits including:
  • Providing two-way information sharing opportunity through one-to-one discussions between Corporates, Social Enterprises and NGOs
  • Opportunity for NGOs to pitch for CSR partnerships
  • Opportunity for corporates enhance their NGO outreach
  • Products/ Services promotion for corporates, NGOs and other delegates


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