Project Details

Assessing the impacts including environmental impacts of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in three states

Duration: 12/Nov/2015 - 11/May/2017

Locations: Asia / India / Andhra Pradesh / Chattisgarh / Rajasthan

Project contact: Dr S P Wani (S.WANI@CGIAR.ORG)

Donor: Other international or regional organization

CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Systems

The main objective of proposed study is to assess overall impact of MGNREGA in selected gram panchayats of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan states with a major focus on environmental benefits and reducing vulnerability to drought and other climate risks. The study would also focus on an assessment of ecological, biophysical and socio-economic benefits. The methodology includes: Multi-level assessment both at micro and meso scale. Different monitoring indicators will be identified to capture biophysical, hydrological, ecological and socioeconomic impact of MGNREGA interventions and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) of the beneficiaries will be conducted to elicit information on employment generation, increased area under irrigation, crop yields, income, etc. . This assessment will be further validated using secondary data such as area irrigated, afforested area, etc. Further, the process of implementation of different activities also will be studied using different survey tools such as RRA, PRA and administering structured questionnaires to beneficiary households.

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