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Research Projects

1.An Intensive Study of Governance and Sustainability of CMRC –Community Managed Resource Centre for MAVIM-Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal, Government of Maharashtra- A Pilot study of the best and least performing CMRC.

SHG models have proved to be great interventions for the empowerment of poor and weak section of women in the rural belt. A number of Government agencies, NGOs are working in the field of SHG formation and strengthening. MAVIM which is a State-run Non-Profit organization which works for women empowerment and development in the state of Maharashtra, is also the second largest organization in the state to form 65,000 women SHGs which covers 3.17 lakh women in the all and covering 33rural districts of Maharashtra. The CMRC is a women’s federation, Community Managed Resource Centre (CMRC) around 150-200 SHGs formed in a cluster of around twenty villages, within the radius of 20 to 25 km. All SHGs in the cluster, regardless of the agency that promoted them, will be eligible to become members and avail of the services of the CMRC. All SHGs will strive by means of training, regulation; become ‘A ‘Graded SHGs. The CMRC is a registered organization and work on a no profit loss basis. It is not necessary to have it at block level but can be established at any centrally situated village.

The objectives of the project
1.To take a general look at CMRC as an organisation from the management function perspective and identify gaps available with respect to its functioning.
2.To design certain management tools for the per say functioning gap.
3.To study the social enterprise system of CMRC and its revenue model.
4. To study and understand the existing gaps in techno-managerial inputs, quality of products and services, marketing strategies, requirement of capacity building and data management, financial management and time management.
6. To measure the performance with respect to certain indicators of output and impact.
7.Recommendation for potential social enterprise which can be taken by CMRC as best model for replication.

2.An Intensive Feasibility Study of Eco-Tourism Projects - Sindhudurg Pilot Study Community Based Eco-Tourism

It is a form of tourism that emphasises on the development of local communities and has substantial control over and involvement in its development and management. By sharing activities, festivals, livelihoods, artisanal goods, home-stay with the tourist a major share of benefits remain with the community and generate local income strengthening local economies. A successful model of community-based tourism seeks intense local ideation and involvement, utility of local skills and leadership. Understanding the fact that the State Government and MTDC is keen to promote community based eco-tourism and the destinations already are being exploring the option of community based eco-tourism. The assignment focused on certain objectives which could draw out a viable and feasible community based eco-tourism model at Hadi/Wadatar /Vengurla.

Objectives of the Research.
1.To explore the eco-tourism potential at all the three destinations using local community.
2To understand the existing strengths, weakness, opportunity and threats (SWOT)
3.To explore the project with the theme –Serene Sindhudurg for creating complete tourist circuits.
4.To discuss with the local community the potential for seasonal tourism packages with themes and work on its feasibility (Business plan)
5.To discuss the gaps and model with Panchayat officials for their participation
6.To design a successful model with local participation and nature conservation and protection for UNDP.