Resource Block


Resource Block Strategy (RBS)

In the process of Implementation of the NRLM the state will follow the Resource Block Strategy (RBS). NRLM concept will be implemented in all the blocks over a period of time. Based on the implementation status blocks are divided into 2 Types.

  • Intensive Blocks
  • Non-Intensive Blocks

In the Intensive Blocks, NRLM implementation will happen intensively and cover whole range of activities. In the remaining blocks or non-intensive blocks the implementation of NRLM will commence upon scale up- only after the Resource Blocks are saturated and capacitated.

From among the Intensive Blocks, Resource Blocks are those where the program is implemented with the help of National Resource Organization (NRO). Resource Block Strategy is investing all the resources, energy of the state in these blocks and create own Institution Building model, so that it can be replicated with the local Community Resource Persons.>Some of the States like Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and Kerala has achieved the results by following a tested process of Institution Building which will help the poor to come out of poverty. These states act as National Resource Organisations for the implementation of RBS for other states.

Some of the States like Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and Kerala has achieved the results by following a tested process of Institution Building which will help the poor to come out of poverty. These states act as National Resource Organisations for the implementation of RBS for other states.

NSRLM has entered into MoU with NRO for implementation of RBS for tenure of 1-2 years and may be extended depending on the technical assistance required thereafter. The MoU is expected to facilitate continuous flow of high quality technical assistance through Community Resource Persons (CRPs), Professional Resource Persons (PRPs) and training cum field immersion assistance from NRO to SRLM. The Resource Blocks implementation processes are dynamic and will change according to the needs of the community and CBOs of that particular state. The NRO will implement and customize an Institution Building model for the State. This is done primarily through the Community Resource Person Strategy.

Community Resource Person (CRP) Strategy:

The CRP strategy is based on the fundamental premise of community to community learning (horizontal learning). It is used for triggering intensive Social Mobilization and Institutional Building process in specific geographies so as to create a pool of internal social capital over a period of time which will be used for replicating the best practices in other blocks/areas. The CRPs will be a dynamic team deployed to the Resource Blocks in the SRLMs.

CRPs are the SHG women members who have experienced abject poverty in their own lives and come out of poverty or substantially reduced poverty through the support of SHGs over a period of time. After attaining a level of progress in their own life, they will come forward to share their own experiences/practices by narrating their own life experiences to motivate and organize the poor into SHGs. They also conduct village level trainings during their stay in the village to strengthen them. The experiential learning method used by CRP is the key to seed the social mobilization process in the newer areas.

Objective of the CRP Strategy:

  • To build strong self-managed and self-reliant Community based Organizations viz., SHGs, federations of SHGs where the members take all decisions collectively and implement them to address their poverty.
  • To create a large pool of trained social capital (Community Resource Persons, Village Facilitators and Master Book Keepers) within SHGs, federations of SHGs to enable the members to manage their organizations beyond the life of the project.
  • To build the capacities of the members and their institutions in an accelerated and cost effective manner using the experiential learning methods through community-to-community cross learning approach. This will not only reduce the learning curve but also eliminate any transmission losses in knowledge dissemination process.
  • To build awareness of the members in SHGs, federations of SHGs to achieve convergence of all the anti-poverty programmes and other services available for the poor for their socio-economic development.

NSRLM have implemented RBS in 9 Blocks under 9 Districts.



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