Udyogini believes its work is part of greater challenges to achieve a better world for all. With that in mind, we consider the Sustainable Development Goals stablished by the United Nation as parameters to guide our work. It surrounds our commitment to promote relevant socioeconomic impact, taking into account the valuable knowledge we produce and the lessons we learn. That is why we engage in thorough monitoring and evaluation of our progress, taking into account our position as social development actors in a broader picture of the achievement of SDGs in India.
Ending Poverty, achieving Gender Equality and Decent Work and Economic Growth are some of the pillars to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Goals 1, 5 and 8, respectively, derive from basic human rights of men and women to equal enjoyment of their economic, social and cultural capacities present in various human rights treaties. They are based on three clear targets:
- Goal 1: End poverty
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- Goal 5: Gender equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
First, Goal 1 supports the fight to End Poverty and it is central to the work of Udyogini when it tackles the economic aspects which put families below the poverty line. By making markets work for the poor, we propose to create livelihood opportunities and to increase income generating capacity of the women it works with. As a result, it would enable them to achieve economic self-sufficiency and escape extreme poverty. Our work on poverty alleviation is especially linked to the following targets:
- Eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day;
- Ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.
Secondly, by working with Goal 5 to promote Gender Equality, Udyogini opposes any form of socioeconomic injustice inflicted on women on the basis of sex. It contributes to achieve targets on the grounds of attaining basic rights and equal opportunities for women through women empowerment initiatives. Our theory of change is that, by helping women to engage in entrepreneurial activities, they will ensure a certain economic status that would enhance their voices in their households and communities and assure basic human rights for themselves. Some of the expected outcomes include:
- Increased women participation and opportunity in decision-making processes;
- Equal access to economic resources;
- Access to information and communications technology;
- Ownership and control over any form of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources by women.
Third, Udyogini works on Goal 8 to ensure Decent Work and Economic Growth, trusting in better work opportunities and higher levels of economic productivity by women as a result. By engaging in capacity building and income generating initiatives, we aim at a more inclusive and equal employment status for women. In this sense, entrepreneurship and technological innovation are central strategies, touching upon key measures to assure targets. Udyogini works directly with some of them:
- Formalisation and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, including access to banking, insurance and financial services for all;
- Agricultural productivity and income of small-scale food producers;
- Equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.
Lastly, Udyogini’s work with women economic empowerment intersects with other SDGs. Related targets include expected achievements to end hunger and promote more sustainable measures considering life on land.
Udyogini works in different fronts to achieve Goal 2: Zero hunger by fostering better health and nutritious habits among producers. Through agricultural projects, we aim at developing advanced practices to increase production and generate more income, allowing families to buy supplements for subsistence. The Kitchen Garden project works on the importance of a well-balanced diet among producers and helps them introduce good practices in their own households. The Deworming and Vaccination of Goat and Poultry project guarantees higher levels of animal protein consumption by its producers. Such initiatives are closely aligned with the following targets:
- End hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round;
- Double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.
While looking at Goal 15: Life on land, Udyogini focuses on sustainable practices in the use of land in its agricultural projects. We work closely with methods of cultivation that are good both for the land and the producers. Some of them include innovative techniques to use wastelands, such as alternation of crops and wild-life resistant methods, and the development of chains of products suitable for each environment, such as medicinal and aromatic plants in remote mountain villages. That way, we can help ensuring:
- Conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements;
- Conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development.