Livelihood services and solutions for seasonal migrant workers in India is a relatively new area of work. There is limited research on the subject and a small community of practice to expand services for migrant workers. As an organisation specialised in the theme of labour migration, Aajeevika Bureau has developed core emphasis on investing in field capacities and knowledge leading the way for an informed practice on labour and migration.
Aajeevika Bureau's work on building knowledge and capacities is anchored in the Centre for Migration and Labour Solutions (CMLS), a joint initiative of Aajeevika Bureau and the Urban Poverty Program of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT). CMLS was created with the mandate to spearhead expansion of migration interventions in high-migration pockets of India. It also facilitates knowledge generation and exchange among field practitioners, academics and policy makers.
The centre has facilitated design of migration programmes with civil society organizations spread across ten states of India - Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi and Haryana. The CMLS team acts as a bridge of information, knowledge and training for organisations engaged in programmes for migrant workers. It combines field research, capacity building and information exchange around the theme of labour migration.
The capacity building initiatives of CMLS include regular training workshops for NGO teams, handholding visits, and advisory services on migration program design. These training workshops draw from Aajeevika's own field interventions and now also from innovations of other organisations. A wide range of topics is covered including rural livelihood, legal aid, skill training, effective field communication, counselling and mediation and migration research.
We recently partnered with the Centre for Community Organization and Development Practice at TISS, Mumbai to offer the first ever Certificate Course in Labour Protection and Migration Services, for field practitioners. The course combines conceptual insights with inputs on field research, communication and skills that practitioners can employ for better delivery of migration initiatives.
As a means to attract high quality manpower to engage with the subject of migration and provide grounded exposure to committed young professionals, CMLS also runs a fellowship viz. Aajeevika Young Leader Fellowship in Labour and Migration.