SESSION PLAN, December 13 - 15, 2017, New Delhi Back

December 13 - 15, 2017

The Grand, New Delhi, India

Day 1: December 13, 2017
9:30 to 10:30 am
Inaugural Session

Introduction to the Summit and Welcome Address
Vipin Sharma, CEO, ACCESS Development Services

Special Address
  • Dr. Purvi Mehta Bhatt, Deputy Director and Head of Agriculture for Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director for India, World Bank

Presentation on State of India's Livelihoods (SOIL) Report 2017
N. Srinivasan, Expert, Development Finance and Rural Livelihoods

Release: State of India's Livelihoods Report 2017

Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon'ble Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India

Inaugural Address
Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
10:30 to 11:45 am Plenary Session 1: Doubling Farmer's Income: Strengthening the Policy Framework
Agriculture continues to be the predominant employer in the country, with 54.6% of population engaged in the sector. However, the sector contributes 17.9% to the country's GDP. In the past, while most efforts have focused on enhancing per capita productivity, there has not been much concern on how this translates into more income for the producer. Only recently there has been an emphasis on increasing incomes of farmers. "Doubling Farmers Income by 2022," is the new resolve of the Government. While several strategies and recommendations have been made to accomplish the goal, the panel will discuss how feasible it will be to achieve this vision, whether through structural changes in policy or through market integration or through technology adaptation.

Sanjeev Asthana, Founder and Managing Partner, I-Farm Venture Advisors & Chairman, ACCESS Development Services

  • Dr. Ashok Gulati, Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
  • Shyam Khadka, FAO Representative in India
  • S. Sivakumar, Group Head of Agri and IT Businesses, ITC Limited
  • Devinder Sharma, Food and Trade Policy Analyst
11:45 am to 12:15 pm Networking Break
12:15 to 1:30 pm Plenary Session 2: Enabling Ecosystem for Farmer Producer Organisations
Over the last five years, first through efforts of SFAC and thereafter NABARD's leadership, a large number of Farmer Producer Organsiations have been established. With over 1900 FPOs now registered and functioning, it has now become inevitable to look at challenges that may impede their future growth and sustainability. To help evolve them into viable businesses to develop an enabling ecosystem within which FPOS can flourish is therefore critical. Enabling policies; access to resources, markets and finance; infrastructure support among others could strengthen the FPOs. The session will deliberate upon the critical need for such an ecosystem for FPO sustainability.

Arindom Datta, Head of Sustainability Banking Asia and Head of Rural & Development Banking/ Advisory for Rabobank Group in India

  • Pravesh Sharma, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sabziwala
  • Prasanna Rao, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Arya Collateral Warehousing Services (P) Ltd.
  • Dr. C Shambu Prasad, Professor, Institute for Rural Management Anand
  • Dr. Ram Narayan Ghatak, Senior Vice President & Head of Operations, ACCESS Development Services
  • Sanjay Sinha, Managing Director, Micro-Credit Ratings International Limited (M-CRIL)
1:30 to 2:30 pm Networking Break
2:30 to 3:30 pm Technical Sessions
Technical Session 1: Enhancing Livelihoods Opportunities for Tribal Population
Scheduled Tribes with a population of 10.45 crores comprise 8.6 percent of total population of the country. While culturally tribals have a rich heritage, they lag behind considerably on key development indicators when compared with the rest of the population. Tribal communities are highly dependent on the natural resource base and their livelihoods systems revolve around forests, agriculture, livestock and wage labour. However, as a part of the development process, tribal areas have witnessed large scale development of industry, mining, infrastructure projects such as roads and railways, dams for power and irrigation, often followed by urbanisation. The overall impact of this on tribal population has often been loss of livelihoods, displacement, subsequent rehabilitation and involuntary migration. Land alienation and ownership rights to forest land are other key issues impacting the livelihoods of the poor. In this context, the session will discuss on issues and challenged to be addressed or enhancing livelihoods opportunities for tribal population taking into account their local context and culture.

Girija Srinivasan, Expert, Development Finance and Rural Livelihoods

  • Girish Sohani, President & Managing Trustee, BAIF Development Research Foundation
  • Samir Bhattacharya, Programme Coordinator for Western Region, Collectives for Integrated Livelihoods Initiatives
  • Pramathesh Ambasta, Chief Executive Officer, Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation
Technical Session 2: Improving Livelihoods of Landless
Access to land is an imperative for large number of rural poor in India who in one way or the other, depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. However, agricultural land is becoming scarce, patchy and its productivity fast decreasing. Landless households face livelihood insecurity in varying degrees and intensity due to lack of or negligible land entitlements and access to alternate livelihoods opportunities. Landlessness is the cause as well as effect of rural poverty in an agrarian society because other means of sustenance are severely limited. But often discussions around rural poverty fail to address this issue. The session will discuss the challenges and look at policies and strategies for enhancing the livelihoods of landless poor in India.

Dr. Ajit Kanitkar, Sector Expert

  • Aparajita Sarangi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India
  • Dr. Syed M Hashemi, Senior Advisor, Partnership for Economic Inclusion, The World Bank, Bangladesh
  • Rajesh Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, Cohesion Trust
  • Sanjay Awasthi, India Country Director, Landesa
Technical Session 3: Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Indian Agriculture - Experiences and Way Forward
Developing countries such as India, which have most of their population dependent on climate vulnerable sectors like agriculture, are prone to the adverse effects of climate variability and changes. Negative impact of climate change on crop production hampers food security and puts the livelihood of millions of farmers at risk. It is estimated that the agricultural production will have to increase by six per cent by 2020 in India to satisfy the expected demands for food and feed. With climate change looming large as a major threat, multi-pronged strategies need to be defined to meet the ever growing demand for food and feed. This session will explore climate related risks and responses in Indian Agriculture from three perspectives: the local context, the policy perspective and the financial perspective. The session will discuss what is this operative reality at a ground level? What are the localized autonomous responses by individual farmers to the climate change challenges? How have new opportunities been leveraged despite these challenges? What are the support needs and policy gaps faced by them? What have been the experiences of Farmer Producer Organizations in better equipping member farmers to respond to climate related challenges? How National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC) and State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs) connect to District Level Plans and Panchayat level realities is an important strategic direction that needs to be discussed? How do these respond to the farmers' real context and help them to adapt? And what is the role of public and international climate financing?

Rajeev Ahal, Director, Natural Resources Management, GIZ India

  • Dr. Ch.Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM
  • B. Kalyan Chakravarthy, IAS, Director General, Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI)
  • Raji Gain, Chief General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Kirtiman Awasthi, Senior Policy Advisor - Climate Change Adaptation & Climate Finance Readiness , GIZ India
3:30 to 4:00 pm Networking Break
4:00 to 5:30 pm Plenary Session 3: Strengthening Livelihoods of the Poor: Role of Private Sector
Expanding economic businesses have great potential to create value for both business and the society. Business activity can create jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, build human capital and physical infrastructure, enable technology transfer and offer various products and services to consumers including those operating at bottom of pyramid. If supported by responsible business practices, more inclusive and innovative business models and policies, they can make major contribution to poverty reduction and serve core business interests at the same time in a mutually reinforcing manner. The session will look at ways in which the private sector companies through inclusive business models can expand poor people's access to products, services and livelihood opportunities on fair terms

Dr. Arvind Mayaram, Former Finance Secretary of India

  • RCM Reddy, Chief Executive Officer, IL&FS
  • S. Sivakumar, Group Head of Agri and IT Businesses, ITC Limited
  • Pradeep Kashyap, Chief Executive Office & Founder, MART
  • Dr. Amit Kapoor, President & CEO, India Council on Competitiveness
Day 2: December 14, 2017
9:30 to 10:45 am Plenary Session 4: Moving from Traditional to New Economy Skills - Creating Avenues for Employment
Converting comparative disadvantage to competitive advantage will be the new challenge as also the new opportunity as India invests in skill development programmes. Leveraging the demographic dividend is a critical consideration and therefore a greater alignment of skill development programmes with the new economy opportunities are of paramount importance. Diversified market led, technology based skills development programme will need to be invested in to meet and benefit from the emerging demand. Given the demographic profile of the region, there is a potential to supply high skilled labour not only within the country but also across the world. The session will assess the different strategies being adopted in skill development to optimize on opportunities emanating from fast paced developments in the marketplace.

Rahil Rangwala, Director, Family Economic Stability, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

  • Jayant Krishna, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Corporation
  • Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, LabourNet Services
  • Ajay Kumar, Vice President - Head of Operations, ICICI Academy for Skills
  • Debasish Raychoudhuri, Chief Executive Officer, Bandhan Konnagar
Plenary Session 5: Financing Livelihoods: Emerging Models
At a policy level, the Government and RBI have initiated several measures to ensure that livelihoods of the vulnerable people, both farm and non-farm based, get access to finance. The priority sector lending framework came into existence to support the growth of key sectors of the economy. The public sector character of banking was thought to be sufficient to meet the needs of the poor and the vulnerable and to ensure that financial services reached all those with an effective demand. However the last few years have seen an increasing recognition that the formal financial institutions have lacked in their response to the demand of these sectors. The suitability of modern banking even in the public sector, to deal with small ticket financial needs has to be examined before they become effective in supporting livelihoods. Rather some new institutional options through product and process redesign, partnering other organisations in servicing loans, improving staff skill sets, adoption of value chain based approaches to finance have created an ecosystem in which serving the excluded becomes a viable business proposition. The session will look at the experiences of a few such niche organisations that are providing differentiated products, efficient and responsive processed aligned to needs of customers and offer hope for financing livelihoods of the vulnerable.

N Srinivasan, Expert, Development Finance and Rural Livelihoods

  • Anil Kumar SG, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Samunnati
  • JiJi Mammen, Manager Director & Chief Executive Officer, Micro Units and Refinance Agency Ltd. (MUDRA)
  • Brahmanand Hegde, Executive Vice Chairman, Vistaar Finance
  • Manoj Rawat, Expert, Rural, Agribusiness & Priority Sector Banking
  • Cherian Thoman, National Director and Chief Executive Officer, World Vision India
12:00 to 12:15 pm Networking Break 
12:15 to1:30 pm Plenary session 6: Breaking the Glass Ceiling - Investing in Women Led Enterprises
The past few decades have seen the rise of women to prominent positions in business, industry, government and public affairs. A large body of research has also established the critical role of women in development - Investing in women leads to significant improvements in socio-economic indicators of their families and communities. While women represent 48% of the Indian population, they account for only 14% of the total entrepreneurs in the country. Despite an increasing feminization of labour across sectors, women's participation in the economy largely goes unrecognized. Moreover, women entrepreneurs face significant barriers to growing their businesses. A number of non-profits in India have created path breaking models for investing in women's enterprises. However, for large scale change, there is a need for greater conversion, cross pollination of successful approaches and sustainable strategies. This panel will explore best practices for investing in women's enterprise, share challenges and learnings, and address critical gaps in the space.

Smita Premchander, Founder-Director, SAMPARK

  • Vijayalakshmi Das, Chief Executive Officer, Friends of Women's World Banking India
  • Chetna Gala Sinha, Founder-Chairperson, Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation
  • Anita Rajan, Chief Operating Officer, Tata STRIVE
  • Anjali Schiavina, Founder-Managing Director, Mandala Apparels
  • Madhu Sharan, Vice President, Hand in Hand, India
1:30 to 2:30 pm Networking Break
2:30 to 3:45 pm Technical Sessions
  Technical Session 4: Community Based Social Enterprises
Much of the focus on social enterprises revolves around the market savvy entrepreneurs (or a team of entrepreneurs) who develop and implement sustainable and innovative model to solve the societal problems. While the contribution of such 'heropreneurs' is valuable, there is also an alternative (and complementary) model of social enterprises which is owned, controlled and led by the communities to solve their own social and economic problems. These community-based enterprises offer a unique option for designing development interventions which are localized, sustainable and empowering. This session brings together some such social enterprises which are formed and run by the most disadvantaged and under-resourced communities. The session will explore nuances of Community-Based Social Enterprises such as: What are the challenges and opportunities in mobilizing communities to develop such enterprises? What technical and financial support is required for developing such enterprises? How does one ensure the participation of the entire community and not just a few? What are the governance challenges of such enterprises? What are the regulatory challenges and support required in organizing the community into an enterprise?

Dr Madhukar Shukla, Professor, XLRI - Xavier School of Management

  • Arbind Singh, Executive Director, Nidan
  • Umadevi Swaminathan, Managing Director, RUDI Multi Trading Company Limited
  • G.V. Krishnagopal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Access Livelihoods Consulting India Limited
  Technical Session 5: Enabling Livelihoods in Informal Sector
The Indian economy is characterized by the existence of a vast majority of informal or unorganized labor employment. Predominance of informal employment has been one of the central features of the labor market scenario in India. However work in the informal sector is beset with many issues. The work is less remunerative and the conditions are inferior to that in the organised sector. They lack economic security and legal protection. Of late the labor market of India has been undergoing tremendous transformations, including growth of informal sector activities, further deterioration in the quality of employment, weakening of worker organizations and collective bargaining institutions, marked decline in social security etc. The session will deliberate on the challenges being faced by workers in the informal sector as well as informally engaged workers in the formal sector in India, share success stories and not-too successful experiences, explore the emerging legal and political environment for promoting empowerment of this set of the Indian workforce, and try to converge on stakeholder specific suggestions and way forward.

Shashank Bibhu, Technical Specialist, Economic Development Unit, CARE India

  • Alok Singh Rana, Regional Lead, South Asia, Ethical Trade Initiative India
  • Shalini Sinha, India Country Representative, Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising (WEIGO)
  • Janhavi Dave, International Co-ordinator, HomeNet South Asia
  • Lesley Abraham, Dignified Work - Impact Growth Strategy Coordinator, CARE International in Asia
  Technical Session 6: Engagement between Corporates and Incubators- Catalysing Impact and Start up Ecosystem
Start-ups and enterprise promotion has become a new priority and a separate Ministry for Entrepreneurship has been established in May 2014. However, there are large gaps in the Indian start-up eco-system. There is limited domestic capital and venture capital available for start-ups and the current support and incubation system is not sufficient to strengthen entrepreneurship in the country. Currently, there are around 160 incubators in the country and looking at the demand, this number needs to increase to 1,000 by the year 2020. A project commissioned by GIZ in 2016, aimed at fostering partnership between corporates and incubators to enable more support for the incubation and start-up ecosystem in the country. This session will enable discussion between the participants to share on some of the models of Corporate - Incubator partnerships, the prevailing challenges and look at ways for making the initiative sustainable in the long run.

Priya Naik, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Samhita Social Ventures

  • Priyanka Kohli, Project Adviser, GIZ
  • Vivek Prakash, Associate Vice President, CSR, Jubilant Life Sciences
  • Manisha Singh, Head, Impact Funding, CSR, Mphasis
  • Rajendra Tripathi, CSR Lead, Oracle India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Rachana Iyer, Lead - Corporate Social Responsibility, Capital First & Founder, Crayon Impact
3:45 to 4:15 pm Networking Break 
4:15 to 5:30 pm Plenary Session 7: With Stresses On Agriculture, Is Non-Farm Sector a Solution
There is a close relationship between development and change in occupational structure from agriculture to industry and from industry to service sector. With the growing pressure of population, the agriculture sector alone is unable to provide employment opportunities, nor is able to provide sufficient income for the people to sustain their livelihoods. Segmenting employment growth into the farm and non-farm sector demonstrates significantly higher growth in non-farm sector employment compared to that in farm sector. Therefore, it is inevitable to initiate a comprehensive planning approach towards the promotion and expansion of non-farm activities so that effective measures are taken in time to address the issues of unemployment, migration and poverty. In this context, the session will look at experiences and innovations made to promote the non-farm sector, examine the challenges underlying the sector while exploring the way forward.

Sankar Datta, Sector Expert

  • Dr. Subodh Agarwal, Principal Secretary, Department of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of Rajasthan
  • Adarsh Kumar, Senior Agribusiness Specialist, The World Bank
  • Vanita Viswanath, Social Entrepreneur and Mentor to Social Enterprises
  • Sumita Ghose, Founder and Managing Director, Rangasutra
  • Ronald van het Hof, Joint Managing Director, Women on Wings, India
 Day 3: December 15, 2017
Livelihoods Asia DAY THREE-Corporate Commitment to Communities, Connecting the Dots
9:30 to 10:45 am Plenary 1: New Potential for Inclusive Growth - Corporate Commitment to Communities
India is perhaps among the few countries to mandate corporates to contribute a part of their profits to CSR activities. While several corporates, have for long, contributed towards empowering communities in diverse ways in the past, this new legislation may compel them to rethink their strategies for a more focused approach to CSR, it may prod them to identify a few focused themes, refine them to cobble new partnerships and perhaps make them true stakeholders for shaping an inclusive India. The panel will explore all these possibilities and deliberate on the potential.

Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Research Director, India Development Foundation

  • Damodar Mall, Chief Executive Officer Grocery Retail, Reliance Retail Limited
  • Shankar Venkateswaran, Former Chief, Tata Sustainability Group
  • Gurdeep Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, NTPC Limited
10:45 to 11:00 am Networking Break
11:00 am to 12:15 pm Plenary 2: From Traditional to Tactical - Strategic Shift in the CSR Paradigm
CSR in India has traditionally been seen as a philanthropic activity that was performed but often not deliberated upon. However after the 2013 Companies Act, which required a statutory contribution to CSR, Companies have begun approaching these investments in a more strategic way. While some corporates have subtly aligned their CSR investments to their business goals other have aligned it to national goals, pursuing specific themes. The discussion will take into account the way CSR has evolved over the years and how companies are getting more engaged and committed towards it in a strategic way.

Ajay K. Sud, Managing Trustee, Centre for International Development Services(CIDS)

  • Dr. Madhukar Gupta, Additional Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India
  • Neelima Khetan, Group CSR Head, Vedanta Resources Plc & Vice President, CSR Hindustan Zinc Limited
  • Aloka Majumdar, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC India
  • Brig Rajiv Williams, Corporate Head-CSR, Jindal Stainless Ltd.
12:15 to 1:30 pm Plenary 3: Models of Public Private Community Partnerships
The onus of sustainable development perhaps no longer lies solely with the government or its agencies alone. Given the kind of technical expertise and financial resources that companies possess, their potential to contribute to nation building is significant. In fact, an increasing number of companies in India are rising to this challenge by moving beyond traditional philanthropy to actively engage with the government and the community. This session seeks to highlight some of the CSR activities in India where companies have worked along with government agencies and NGOs to implement development initiatives. It presents examples that such collaboration works can be a preferred, more efficient and effective way of addressing developmental challenges.

Sudhir K Sinha , Chief Executive Officer & Chief Coach - CSR, Sustainability & Human Rights

  • Anand Mohan Tiwari, IAS, Managing Director, Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd and Chief Executive Officer, Gujarat CSR Authority
  • Vijay Chadda, Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Foundation
  • Dr. Kalpana Sankar, Chairperson and Managing Trustee, Hand In Hand
  • Clement Chauvet, Chief, Skills and Business Development, UNDP
1:30 to 2:30 pm Networking Break
2:30 to 3:45 pm Parallel
2:30 to 3:45 pm Session 1: Incubating Innovations through CSR - Corporate Experiences
In the present complex and competitive landscape, innovations for social good need structural and fundamental support to initiate, survive, grow, sustain, and attain the highest potential for communities that struggle to eke sustainable livelihoods. They require not only funds to scale up but also need training, capacity building and handholding support. India still lacks adequate incubation facilities that can catalyze the growth of the innovations on a scale that the country requires. The discussion will take into account of the opportunities that the CSR ecosystem provides for incubating and stimulating innovations to lead a change for social good.

Gaurav Kapoor, Senior Head - Industry Partnerships, CSR, Media & Advocacy, National Skill Development Corporation

  • Osama Manzar, Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
  • Nidhi Pundhir, Director CSR-Head, HCL Foundation
  • Chetna Kaura, India Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, Sapient Consulting Private Limited
  • Vikas Goswami, Head-Good & Green, Godrej Industries Ltd.
2:30 to 3:45 pm Parallel Session 2: Investing in Communities: Seeking Scale and Sustainability
CSR is in existence in India from a long time and the companies have been contributing to social development in their own ways. Over time, CSR has become more organized and intrinsic part of a company's overall sustainability strategy. Today companies are implementing their CSR in a strategic way with a more measurable and result oriented approach. The aim of the companies is to improve the sustainability and scalability of CSR project and to build stronger and enhanced engagements with the society. The discussion will take into account how an organization can build up sustainable CSR projects and scale it up over a period of time.

Ashok Varma, Partner-GRID (CSR Advisory), PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Ruchi Khemka, Vice President & Head, CSR, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Apoorva Oza , Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
  • Eika Chaturvedi Banerjee, Chief Executive Officer, Future Learning
  • PV Narayanan, CSR Leader, GE South Asia, GE Power
3:45 to 4:15 pm Networking Break
4:15 to 5:30 pm Valedictory Session

Special Address
  • Sanjeev Asthana, Chairman, ACCESS Development Services
  • Prabhat Singh, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Petronet LNG Ltd.

Presentation of XLRI ACCESS Livelihoods Awards

Valedictory Address
Dr. Arvind Mayaram, Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India

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