Capacity Building is one of the important verticals that BRLF has decided to work on to build the capacities of rural professionals in the country, who are otherwise not available at the grassroots. BRLF has designed a unique and an innovative training program called the Certificate Program in Rural Livelihoods (CPRL) to address the challenge of scarce trained human resources at the field level particularly focused on tribal areas. BRLF has joined hands with IIHMRU, Jaipur to run this flagship Capacity Building initiative for tribal youth aged between 18 to 40 years from the Central India Tribal belt.

CPRL incorporates a series of capacity building modules on Rural Livelihoods, packaged as per the needs of the target groups and different institutional partners (both Government and CSOs). This certificate program is conducted at multiple locations; where BRLF supported CSOs provide field-based training on modules that they have experience and expertise in the fields.

CPRL is a 6-month certificate program, consisting of 15 learning modules, divided into two main parts: Part A covers the theoretical and conceptual aspects of rural livelihoods while Part B focuses on the empirical studies and practical implications of the theory. In a nutshell, CPRL seeks to address the capacity building challenge for existing and aspiring rural professionals who would potentially engage as frontline functionaries of CSOs, government institutions or with offices of elected representatives of the PRIs and SHG federation leaders.

BRLF in collaboration with IIHMRU has successfully completed 4 batches of CPRL with a collective strength of 116 tribal students graduating under it. While the first batch of CPRL started on 15th of November’ 2016, covering a journey of great learning and experiences across 13 locations in 7 states, the fourth batch got completed on 29th of May’ 2019.
Encouraged by the fruitful results of 4 batches, BRLF is going to conduct successive batches of CPRL, with the fifth batch commencing in August 2019.

Apart from the CPRL, BRLF in close collaboration with IIHMRU has come up with a MBA program in Rural Management which seeks to address the challenges of sustainable development. This two-year, practitioner-oriented MBA aspires to create professionals who will work at the grassroots. Currently, 13 tribal graduates are being sponsored by BRLF which includes three pass outs from CPRL’s 1st & 2nd batch.

Taking further its mandate of providing capacity building support to rural professionals, BRLF has entered into a partnership with Jharkhand State Livelihoods Promotion Society (JSLPS) with an objective to train the field professionals of JSLPS on various facets of Livelihoods. As the first step, BRLF with support from its knowledge partners has developed a 26 days’ training programme called ‘Short term training programme on Rural Livelihoods’. The first batch of the programme with a strength of 25 candidates was launched on 24th of May’ 2019.