MOVE trainee Vani Kalal lives in an urban slum in Dharwad. MOVE helped her start her own beauty salon. Photo: Sudha Menon 2012.

The Youth Employment Network (YEN), a partnership of the United Nations, International Labour Organisation and the World Bank, was set up after the Millennium Summit in 2001 to find new and durable solutions to the youth employment challenge. The overall goal of the Marketplace is to globally reduce unemployment and underemployment among youth through an online space where youth employment stakeholders and young entrepreneurs can come to find or exchange innovative ideas, expertise, advice and partnership.

Best Practices Foundation is delighted to announce that our livelihood model MOVE was awarded second place at YEN’s Project Impact, which seeks to gather lessons for successful implementation of youth employment projects globally. MOVE was awarded for its innovativeness in increasing opportunities and enhancing the livelihoods of rural youth.

Master Trainer

Master Trainer R.B. Hiremath has trained over 1,000 participants in MOVE.
Photo: Sudha Menon 2012.

Evaluations conducted in 2009 and 2012 reveal that MOVE’s primary impact has been to enhance the economic and decision making power of participants.  The success of the model may be gauged from the fact that 30 per cent of all trainees establish successful micro-entrepreneurial ventures, five per cent find employment and another five per cent add value to their existing businesses. MOVE has generated 255 viable businesses, with average monthly incomes increasing from Rs 586 prior to training to Rs 2,209 within two years of training. Our last batch of trainees earn between Rs 3,000-37,000 in monthly profits.

MOVE has been successfully adapted and rolled out to meet the needs of marginalised populations across sectors and geographies — landless rural women, youth, sexual minority individuals, those in hazardous occupations such as quarrying and beedi rolling – to create sustainable micro-enterprises that have increased their incomes and social security. MOVE Master Trainer R.B. Hiremath, who has trained over 1,000 participants from marginalised groups notes that “60 to 70 per cent of MOVE businesses continue to sustain, many trainees opt to start  multi-businesses after their first success and even those whose first ventures are not successful  have the resilience to embark on something more viable in the face of setbacks”.

L to R: Manjunath and Munaf were unemployed before MOVE. Mabusubani worked in a limestone factory. Today all three young men run successful mobile repair businesses of their own.
Photo: Sudha Menon, 2012.

BPF is currently in the process of both widening and deepening the scale of MOVE. Among our plans is an initiative to partner on the corporate social responsibility (CSR) ventures of corporates committed to ethical practice and economic development. In this regard, BPF is particularly keen to share its expertise in using its award-winning livelihoods model MOVE to combat extreme poverty and promote gender equality, women’s empowerment, education and environmental sustainability.

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