State Of India’s Livelihoods Report 2011

Written By Sushma Singh

The fourth volume of the State of India’s Livelihoods (SOIL) Report 2011 was released in December 2011 by Access Development Services. The Report is focused on the 4Ps – Poor, Promoters, Policies and Potential with reference to the livelihoods of the poor. The report is currently not available for download in PDF format and can be purchased online at the link below:


The State of India’s Livelihoods (SOIL) Report is an annual publication that aims to document recent trends and issues in the sphere of livelihoods promotion of the poor. A one-of-its-kind report, it is the only document that aggregates the experiences and challenges of the livelihoods sector, analyzes case studies and reports the progress of both governments and privately run programmes with respect to the 4Ps—People, Policy, Promoters and Potential.

State Of India’s Livelihoods Report 2011

This volume of the SOIL Report presents the status of livelihoods during 2010–11. It analyzes different trends and various challenges affecting livelihood opportunities. It zooms in on some key debates and conflicts in the sphere of livelihoods arising from the global economic slowdown, the Indian agricultural crisis, food inflation and hunger, the status of health and education, drastic climatic changes, and so on. The report also looks at some of the major livelihood initiatives—such as skilling and employment; market inclusion; decentralization and revival of the agri-rural economy—and discusses their implications for the poor as well as for livelihood professionals.


  • Preface
  • State of India’s Livelihoods 2011: A Time of Volatility
  • Livelihoods of the Poor
  • Reflections on Livelihoods Policies
  • The state as the Largest Livelihoods Promoter
  • Private Industry and Services—What Is ‘India Inc’ Delivering in Employment to the Poor?
  • Potential and Possibilities

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