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 2021

Dr. G R Chintala



T B Dinesh



Prema Gera

Individual Consultant

Anish Kumar

Managing Director

Transforming Rural India Foundation (TRIF)

Arun Maira

Former Member

Planning Commission of India

Dr. Arvind Mayaram

Former Finance Secretary of India

B.S Nagesh



Nadia Rasheed

Deputy Resident Representative

UNDP India

Manish Sabharwal

Executive Vice Chairman


Biswajit Sen



Arunesh Kumar Singh

CEO India


Mahesh Vyas

Managing Director and CEO

Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt. Ltd.

Bidisha Barooah

Senior Evaluation Specialist & Leader

Gender & Livelihoods, 3ie

Ananya Birla

Founder, Chairperson and Director

Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.

Shubhendu Dash

Programme Director

ACCESS Development Services

Vijaya Switha Grandhi



Richa Govil

Director of the School of Development

Azim Premji University

Ashish Kothari



Mridulya Narasimhan

Project Head, STREE, MSME & Entrepreneurship

LEAD at Krea University

Suvendu Rout

Vice President

ACCESS Development Services

Charanjit Singh

Joint Secretary

Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India

Shabnam Sinha

Lead Education Specialist

The World Bank Group

Yogesh Thorat

Managing Director


Dr. Ashok Khosla


Development Alternatives

Prabhat Labh


Grameen Foundation India

Dr. Iman Bibars

Regional Director for Ashoka Arab World (AAW) & Chairperson


Binju Abraham



Dr. Purvi Mehta

Asia Lead-Agriculture

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nancy Sahay


Jharkhand State Livelihoods Promotion Society (JSLPS)

Anshul Ojha

Founder & Principal Anchor, Desert Resource Center,

Urmul Trust

Alka Arora

Joint Secretary

Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India

Col. Raman Thapar

General Manager

Indian Micro Enterprises Development Foundation (IMEDF)

Atul K Tiwari

Additional Secretary

Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India

Manisha Patil

Inclusion and Diversity and Community Engagement Leader


Amit Kumar

Team Lead, Inclusive Growth


Saba Kalam

Programme Manager, Climate Change and Energy


Balamurugan D


Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society

Kanika Verma

Associate Vice President

Development Alternatives

Sudipta Bhadrak

National Professional

International Labour Organization

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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