Consultancy Projects for providing Technical and Supervisory Services

to South Asian Foundation for Human Initiatives (SAHFI),
an NGO

1. Agriculture related projects for Self Help Groups

  • Partner Organizations: Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of West Bengal in the districts of Burdwan, 24 Parganas(S), Birbhum and Hooghly, West Bengal.
  • Scope of work: ORG has provided Consultancy Services towards formation, supervision and monitoring of SHGs set up by SAFHI.

Through the implementation of Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), SAFHI has formed 650 Self Help Groups in districts of West Bengal and about 70 percent groups are involved in agriculture and allied activities. OLIVE has arranged support services to enable the SHGs to improve quality of life and increase income. SHGs have passed 1st (some of them passed 2nd gradation) and received the revolving fund, which is a major achievement in the state. ORG is also involved in the revival of erstwhile DWCRA groups to enable them to start economic activities by providing all necessary support and arrangement of credit linkage and marketing assistance in 24 Parganas (S) district.

Details of SHGs:
DistrictNo of SHGsNo of SHG MembersVillages
24 Parganas (S)9770635

2.  Water Management Project for Upgradation in Agricultural Activities

  • States:  Orissa, West Bengal & Karnataka
  • Districts: Ganjam, Dhenkanal & Angul of Orissa, Birbhum of West Bengal and Bangalore of Karnataka
  • Partner Organizations:  Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, European Commission, Water Resources Dept., Govt. of Orissa (GoO), DRDC Birbhum district, West Bengal (GoWB). Client SAFHI.
Name of the ProjectClientYearBeneficiaries
Community Organizations support to MI Schemes Located in Balugaon & Berhampur ClustersEuropean Commission & Water Resources Dept., GoI.2004Farmer  families
Community Organizations support to MI Schemes Located in Phulbani and Nayagarh ClustersEuropean Commission & Water Resources Dept., GoI.2004Farmer  families
Support for Rehabilitation of Kantiokateni and Kantapal MIP, Dhenkanal District, Orissa.European Commission & Water Resources Dept., GoI.2004286 farmer families (OC-11, BC-191, SC-82, ST-2 & Male-273, Female-13)
Comprehensive Hamlet Development Programme of SC/ ST at Boothivizhy Hamlet.Attappady Hill Area Development Society, Agali2004125 households comprising 750 persons within the hamlet
Implementation of Watershed programme under DPAP at Muraroi I Block covering around 3,200-hectare area.District Rural Development Cell, Birbhum.2005Small & Marginal  Farmers of  Santoshpur, Banarampur, Dalimba and Moloypur  Watershed  area of Murai 1 block of Birbhum District, West Bengal
  • Scope of work: ORG has provided Consultancy Support to SAFHI in methodology, instrument development, training and supervision for the projects detailed below.


Participatory Rural Assessment, community mobilization, technical guidance on agriculture & related activities, formation and nurturing of Water Users Associations (WUAs), Capacity building of WUAs for smooth handing over of the canal system, Facilitating awareness generation, participatory planning and survey, capacity building of Communities, formation of Users’ Group (UGs), Water Committee (WC), technical guidance to UGs.

3. Other Agricultural Project Consultancy Services to SAFHI

Name of the ProjectClientYearBeneficiaries
Neem Plantation, Processing & Marketing  in Tribal Villages of Puruliya DistrictNational Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development2009-2014Tribal Women
Capacity Building Training through Agriculture related ProgrammesCMU, KUSP- DFID, NHAI, District Rural Development Cell, NABARD, SIDBI, Dept. of Science & Technology, GoWB, Panchayats & Rural Development Department, SBI2004250 identified unemployed youths at Gayeshpur Municipality, Nadia
Rural Industries Programme for Jangipur Subdivision in Murshidabad District, West BengalSmall Industries Development Bank of India2009 -OngoingIdentified rural youth

4. Baseline Survey Research Project Consultancy Services to SAFHI

Name of the ProjectSponsoring Agency
Socioeconomic Impact of Mobile PhonesIIM, Ahmedabad
Survey on Child Labour in South 24-Parganas districtDakshin Chabbish Parganas Sishu Shramik Punarbasan Samity
Baseline Survey for Water Purification KitIPHE
A Socio Economic Enquiry on Arts & Culture in India, (All major towns in India)Ford Foundation
Sample Survey for Technical Assistance Project for the Asian Development Bank and Calcutta Municipal CorporationEGIS Consulting, Australia
Beneficiary Needs Assessment for Rural End-use Applications of Small to Medium (3.5 HP to 15 HP) Multi-purpose Internal Combustion Engines at Akola Savanthvadi & ThanjavurPartha S. Ghosh & Associates Private Limited, Calcutta.