India’s migrant crisis comprises of a large labour force forced to take up arduous employment with violation of their basic rights. This ‘hidden’ workforce comprises mainly of unskilled labour that is forced to migrate from rural destinations to cities in search of livelihood opportunities. Characterized by daily unfixed wages, lack of any social/financial protection and informal employment terms, this group is stuck in the cycle of severe debt and poverty.
The construction industry is the largest employer of this workforce and interventions towards their welfare, market relevant skilling and linkages and ensuring better work conditions have all been a part of the Foundations activities. Our support in this space has included:
Being a part of collaborative of implementing organisations, government, varied donors for collective engagement to leverage public and private efforts for migrants.
Accelerate the eligibility and delivery of relevant welfare schemes ensuring social security and entitlements.
Provide market-linked skill based training for youth on the cusp of migration across multiple construction trades such as masonry, plumbing, painting and electrical thereby enhancing their existing skills.
Focus on programmes linked to jobs based on market demand such that youth are equipped with employment opportunities and choices thereby reducing distress migration.
Our partners have the expertise in working with complexities, challenges and needs of the construction industry, providing necessary training to rural youth based on market demand, and providing on-site job training to enhance their existing skills.
Comprehensive women-focused livelihood enhancement programme across 2 districts in South-East Odisha.