Uttarakhand Gramya Vikas Samiti

enable rural households to take up sustainable livelihood opportunities integrated with the wider economy


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Uttarakhand Livelihoods Improvement Project for the Himalayas (ULIPH), commonly known as "Aajeevika" (meaning Livelihoods in Hindi)

The Government of Uttarakhand is implementing the ULIPH, from October 2004 with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The project is managed by the Uttarakhand Gramya Vikas Samiti (UGVS), and is supported by a Social Venture Capital Company (SVCC) known as Uttarakhand Parvatiya Aajeevika Sanvardhan Company (UPASaC) that provides business development services.

The Project's primary objective is to improve the livelihood of vulnerable groups in a sustainable manner through the promotion of improved livelihood opportunities and strengthening of local institutions that relate to livelihood development. The project intends to provide opportunities to create or enhance the livelihoods to the poor households by applying the principle of self-help and utilizing the self-help groups (SHG) and developing community institutions and investing in their capacity to take livelihood decisions, and by providing a range of support services and linkages.

The project is covering 959 villages of 17 development blocks in 5 districts of Uttarakhand where approximately 40 percent of the total population in each selected block is covered under the project interventions. The project has formed 3962 community-based organisations: Self-Help Groups, Van Panchayats & Federations.

The total project cost over eight years is USD 47.80 million (INR 2390.76 million), of which IFAD loan is USD 22.39 million (INR 1120.21 million) which is 47 % of project cost.

The cumulative expenditure of the project as on 31st March 2013 has been INR 1290.50 million against approved AWPB of INR 2020.34 million (64 % achievement), while in the current financial year, the expenditure was INR 222.52 million against target of INR 230.00 million (96.5 % achievement).

The financial progress of IFAD contribution to project as on 31st March 2013 was INR 1020.76 million against total contribution of INR 1120.21 million, which is 92% of the proposed contribution by IFAD.


  • To initiate a participatory process of target group and client selection that is based on panchayati raj participation in Uttarakhand;

  • To undertake capacity building of village-based institutions, along with implementation partners in the public, private and NGO sectors;

  • To test out ideas, approaches, activities proposed in the Project Plan in order to further clarify our understanding of what works and what doesn't; what needs to be refined, what needs to be discarded;

  • To demonstrate in realistic settings those livelihood activities that show good potential for wider promotion and adoption;

  • To organize business development services to promote and support the selected microenterprises; these services include: microfinance, networking to generate scale economies, market research and development, product research and development, backward linkages and forward linkages;

  • To demonstrate to financial institutions the financial viability and creditworthiness of various microenterprise activities to facilitate access to required credit.

Details of project districts, blocks and villages

  • Almora - Bhainsiachhana, Dhauladevi & Lamgara (203 villages);

  • Bageshwar - Kapkot & Bageshwar (207 villages);

  • Chamoli - Dewal, Ghat, Narayanbagar & Dasholi (151 villages);

  • Tehri Garhwal - Jaunpur, Pratapnagar, Devprayag & Bhilangana (227 villages);

  • Uttarkashi - Mori, Naugaon, Dunda & Purola (171 villages);

Project Components

  • A: Pre-Project Implementation (completed before project start)

  • B: Empowerment & Capacity-Building of communities & support organizations

  • C: Livelihood Enhancement and Development

  • D: Livelihood Support System

  • E: Project Management is given below