Since inception, the Nagaland State Rural Livelihoods Mission (NSRLM) has been intensively concentrating on Capacity Building and Institution Building exercises. Implementation of Resource Block Strategy began this year.
Resource Block Strategy and CRP rounds:
The Nagaland State Rural Livelihoods Mission has adopted the Resource Block Strategy in line with NRLM’s social capital phased implementation program. NSRLM has requested for Resource Block Strategy in 9 blocks of 9 districts (Tuensang and Peren being under NERLP) in order to ensure uniform coverage taking into consideration factors such as: different tribes settled in respective districts; geographical location; language barriers; cultural implications etc. The 9 Resource Blocks will eventually serve as training centres for capacity building on NRLM concepts and aspects of Self help Groups among others.
Under the Resource Blocks strategy is the Community Resource Persons0020strategy (CRP strategy). Active women from across the 9 Blocks were selected as Women Activists. The selection stipulated certain criteria including membership in NRLM compliant SHG, leadership qualities, adherence to the Five Cardinal Principles and a condition was also that the women must come from the Poorest of the Poor families. 36 women were thus selected and sent for a month long training at OMPLIS.
Implementation of CRP Strategy for social mobilization under NRLM began on May 12, 2014 in all the Resource Blocks. 12 CRP teams comprising of the Block Mission Management Unit (BMMU) of NSRLM along with the Project Resource Persons (PRPs) and Community Resourse Persons (CRPs) from OMPLIS, the national resource organisation for NRLM in Nagaland and Women Activist from the Resource Blocks under NSRLM were stationed at villages during the CRP round. Among various other plans, the CRP strategy was specifically designed to facilitate mobilization of Poor, organising them into SHGs, conducting trainings to SHG members, facilitating SHGs for identification of Bookkeepers and conducting bookkeeping trainings and micro credit plan training to the good SHGs identified by the CRP team. Facilitation and trainings would be conducted for strengthening existing groups and formation of new groups. The CRP teams would conduct SHG leaders’ training on SHG-Concept and Management, intensive training to SHG-Bookkeepers on writing on SHG records. The entire exercise would be a yearlong program with scheduled 180 days of village stay in phase-wise manner.
A precursory survey was conducted by representatives from Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) and PRPs from OMPLIS in February and March 2014. 3 rounds of the Community Resources Persons (CRP) strategy have been completed across the 9 Resource Blocks under 9 NRLM districts. Sanitation drive were conducted in the villages during the CRP rounds. The mission is currently in the process of forming Village Level Organization (VLO) in the 76 villages where implementation has begun.