Learning Partnership with the Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty, Andhra Pradesh

Client: Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty, Andhra Pradesh (SERP-AP)
Location: Andhra Pradesh, India
Sectors: Rural livelihoods (agriculture and small enterprise), human development (WASH, nutrition), social protection (entitlements and vulnerability services)
Dates of service: August 2015 – 2017
IDinsight service: Embedded learning partnership with impact evaluation, process evaluation, and MIS-building support
IDinsight contacts: Doug Johnson

IDinsight and the Government of Andhra Pradesh are working together to pilot and rigorously evaluate a rural inclusive growth program before it is implemented across the state. 

Background
Andhra Pradesh is the second driest region in India, and faces high rates of child malnutrition and anemia and Vitamin A deficiencies.

Intervention
The Andhra Pradesh Rural Inclusive Growth Program (APRIGP) is a joint rural and human development program set up by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and its parastatal corporation, the Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty, Andhra Pradesh (SERP-AP). APRIGP aims to achieve increased access to income, nutrition, sanitation, and social entitlements in 150 of the poorest mandals (sub-districts) in Andhra Pradesh (out of 664 mandals) using self-help groups, farmer producer groups, cooperative societies, and one-stop shops.

Learning partnership and IDinsight’s service
SERP-AP wanted to pilot APRIGP across Andhra Pradesh before scaling up. During this pilot phase, IDinsight conducted rigorous evaluations of APRIGP’s performance and impact. Findings informed recommendations and a roll-out plan to optimize APRIGP’s design and implementation.