Managing Micro Enterprise: Interventions, Development & Programmes (Devalt- Managing Mic)

Venue: TARAgram, Appropriate Technology Centre,

Location: orchha, madhya pradesh, India

Event Date/Time: Dec 10, 2008 End Date/Time: Dec 12, 2008
Early Registration Date: Dec 08, 2008
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Capacity Building Series (2008- 09)
Experimental Field Based Training
Managing Micro Enterprise: Interventions, Development and Programmes
10-12 December' 08
TARAgram, Appropriate Technology Centre, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India


Economic empowerment of the poor and un-employed by enabling them to undertake self-employment and entrepreneurial career has been recognized as one of the key tools for addressing the issues of poverty and un-employment. Based on regional and local contexts development organizations and stakeholders have worked upon a variety of approaches ranging from facilitating individuals to facilitating aggregations of entrepreneurs and producers.

Over past two decades the economic empowerment and development approaches have changed from welfare and vocation based training to self-sustainable market led and driven programmes. There are a host of approaches ranging from individual enterprise development programmes to cluster development programmes & service strengthening programmes to establishing facilities. All the programmes and approaches have shown considerable impact on creating new opportunities for the poor and the marginalized to increase their income levels and improve their overall quality of life.

One of the key lacuna's observed by the stakeholders in the arena of economic empowerment is the lack of clarity on the approaches to be adapted and understanding of each of the approaches. In addition, the implementers often get confused with their roles and in their effort to provide the best of options.

The proposed training is targeted at developing a conceptual understanding of the various approaches for economic strengthening of the communities and delineating the roles of various stakeholders in the process. Targeted at middle level managers the training will equip the participants in understanding the diverse facets of entrepreneurship and livelihoods develop concepts and approaches. In furtherance it will also help them understand the tools for identifying & selecting the most appropriate approach to be undertaken in context of their clients and operational area. Besides this the training will also equip the participants with key skills and tools for undertaking enterprise development initiatives.

Objectives of the Training:

The training programme will be conducted to meet the following objectives:

Developing clarity on approaches of enterprise development

Developing skills for understanding the client requirements and choosing the most appropriate approach

Development of understanding of the key stakeholders and their roles

Provide tools for managing enterprise development programmes.


The following techniques would be used to conduct the training program.

Case studies/Group exercises

Brainstorming sessions/ Experience sharing

Training Support materials/ Handouts

Power-point Presentations

Course Contents

The training programme would cover the following:

The need for economic empowerment and its relationship with poverty alleviation

Key approaches and practices of enterprise development

Individual enterprise development approach

Group entrepreneurship

Cluster development

Market development approach

Necessary conditions for choosing an appropriate approach

Business planning for small and micro enterprise

The approach for market access depending upon client requirements

Analyzing value chains for sub-sector development

Development of entrepreneurial traits amongst clients

This Training will immensely Benefit Professionals working on Micro Enterprise and Project Management across sectors and other agencies and who work in or plan to work in Micro Enterprise and Micro Credit related projects, further providing an interaction point with fellow practitioners.

Resource Persons

Rahul Mittra

Post Graduate in Psychology Rahul has over 10 years of experience in development sector & has extensive experience of micro finance and micro enterprise development. Rahul began his career in the development sector with ACORD a premier NGO of India, managing its micro enterprise programmes in the state of Rajasthan. In the year 1999, he joined Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and worked with them for over 5 years in the capacity of faculty member for rural enterprises and rural finance. In a short span of 10 years Rahul has provided technical expertise in micro enterprise and micro finance development to various institutions like SIDBI, ILO, Traidcraft, Find Your Feet etc. During his tenure with EDI Rahul established various models of enterprise development and also trained over 200 professionals in undertaking micro enterprise development initiatives. He is an accredited trainer with technical expertise in micro finance, small and micro enterprise development and human resource development.

In the year 2004, Rahul with a group of development professionals started Margdarshak which is a unique experiment of facilitating economic strengthening of the communities by using field based action research for feeding into providing mentoring support to developmental interventions. His entry into micro finance is driven by a dream of establishing a sustainable model of business consulting for small and micro entrepreneurs who form the backbone of Indian economy supporting by micro finance. Margdarshak the organisation which Rahul heads enables micro entrepreneurs with access to financial and business support services besides enabling them in accessing newer markets in a collaborative manner.

Praveen Manikpuri

MBA in Rural Management from Indian Institute of Rural Management, and Post Graduate in Environmental Economics, is a young professional who has over 3 years of extensive experience in micro enterprise development. He has developed the animation based (ICT) Enterprise Development Programme (EDP), which is a unique programme of its kind in India. He has experience of managing various MED related projects of UNDP, OXFAM, ACC CSR, and IDRC. His experience with SHG cluster on setting up community based enterprise (CBE) sponsored by NABARD in Vidarbha is one of most rewarding skill in his professional domain. During his tenure he established diversified array of enterprises ranging from investment of 3000 Rs to 10 lakh, he also developed segmented models of enterprise training like mobile trainer , Satellite broadcasting model etc. His key skill areas are - Identification of business opportunity , linkage , technology usage in MSME and business planning. He is one of the 13 certified MED master trainers in India by Hewlett Packard for MED programme called "Smart Technology for Smart Business". He has also developed web based application for mentoring rural entrepreneurs called "Ask the Expert


3 Days

The training will be for a period of 3 days which will essentially consist of:

Class room sessions

Exposure visit to the Micro Enterprise Units TNK & TARA Paper developed by D.A.

A guided tour to the development models within TARAgram campus

An evening out to visit the Orchha temples and fort.

Guest lecture by the expert on Micro Enterprise development.

TARAgram Campus - an overview


INR 10,000 per participant for Indian Participants

INR 18,000 (450 USD) for Overseas Participants

The Training fee covers the following:



Course material

Leisure trip to the famous Orchha Temples and Fort

Indian participants to make payment through Demand Draft drawn in favour of TARA Livelihood Academy payable at Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. The address for sending the Demand Draft is-


TARA Livelihood Academy

Development Alternatives

TARAgram, Orchha Tigela,


Dist.-Tikamgarh (MP),

Ph.-+91 510 2911368

Please send the Demand draft by registered post or speed post only.

Overseas participants may please send the fees through wire transfer. The details of the wire transfer will be sent to each selected trainee once we get their nomination form.


Field Exposure and further learning

Knowledge and experience from the training

Manuals and training material

Networking opportunity for you

And a visit to Orchha Temples and fort - a glimpse


Hindustan Zinc Limited

Childline India Foundation

World Vision India




Aravali Institute of Management


Accenture Service Pvt. Ltd.

Aga Khan Rural Support Program

International Crops Research Organization for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)


Practical Action, Colombo

Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society, Bangalore

To ensure your participation, we request you to send the nomination form (Down load the registration form by clicking on the link given below) and the course fee (non-refundable) by 8th December'08.

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The training will be held in TARAgram, Appropriate Technology Centre, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh. TARAgram is a campus set in the rural environment of Orchha. It is a centre which showcases the Livelihood models developed by DA in the field of appropriate technology, and environment.

Participants to the training will be provided a guided tour of the campus which will enrich the learnings from the class room sessions.


Participants coming by train should take a ticket till Jhansi (UP) Railway station. From there, TARAgram is 9 kms away. There will be a pick up facility based on the information provided on the arrival time.

Route map - how to get to TARAgram from Jhansi Railway Station


The participants can arrive one day before the training date and leave on last day of the training by a train which leaves around 5.45 pm onwards.

Travel Booking Tips for International participants

While making your travel plans, please note that if you are arriving in Delhi by flight, in order to reach the Training venue, you will need to take a Train from Delhi to Jhansi which is around 400 kms and takes 5-6 hours.

Therefore please arrive in Delhi one day in advance from the day the training starts. (i.e. if the Training date is 10th December'08, then your flight should arrive in Delhi latest by 09th December early morning)

Similarly, please book your return flight from New Delhi a day after the training ends. (i.e. if the Training finishes on 12th December'08 then your air tickets from New Delhi should be on 13th December'08 morning)

Please book your train tickets from Delhi to Jhansi and back to Delhi before hand. We can also support you in booking the Train tickets which can be reimbursed by you once you arrive here.

DA reserves the right to withhold the fee for administrative and other costs for cancellations prior to the start of a course. A suitably qualified replacement may attend the course in place of the registered person. DA also reserves the right to cancel a course if too few participants have registered.

Interested participants who are unable attend this Training on the given dates due to prior engagements can let us know of their interest. We will keep you informed when the same training is conducted again.


If you have any queries or suggestions for the training or nominations, please contact the following:

Madhuban Pandey, Executive Training

Juhi Nigam, Training Assistant

Jhansi (UP)

Tele. No: - + 91 510 2911 368, +91 972 1754 958, +91 983 9820 689,


Bhavana Gadre

Executive Programme Management Unit

New Delhi

Tele. No: 011-26132718

Email Id:

Training date Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Intended Audience Micro Enterprise development professionals
Cost INR 10000

Contact Information

Bhavana Gadre
Telephone 011-26132718, +91 983 9820 689


Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India
madhya pradesh

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