Disha: Creating Employment and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Women in India

What the Project is About

Creating Employment and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Women in IndiaPhoto: Deepak Malik/UNDP India-Disha

A partnership between the India Development Foundation, UNDP and Xyntéo, supported by IKEA Foundation seeks to positively impact the lives of one million women in India through training, entrepreneurial skill development and employment, as well as to develop a new model of public-private collaboration that can be adapted and replicated across India. 

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Objectives

What Have We Accomplished So FarPhoto: Vivek India/UNDP India-Disha
  • Touch the lives of 1 million women over a period of three years and establish a model for broad-based replication.

  • Provide women and girls with the skills and knowledge that will help them secure employment or start their own businesses.

  • Support the Government of India’s flagship skill development initiatives through policy, research and development support services.

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
IKEA Foundation US$  12,253,883

 

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2015 US$  773,435.18

 

Videos

Pankh Portal: Powering the dreams of aspiring women 
In 2016, Pankh Portal – a dynamic website portal and career guidance and counseling tool – was launched to exclusively address the needs and aspirations of young, job-seeking women in Delhi. Watch to learn how the website and guidance tool prepare underserved women for employment.
        

 

Building a Cadre of Skilling Champions for women

Building a Cadre of Skilling Champions for women
Young women like Muskaan in Maharashtra are spreading the word that women can secure meaningful jobs. Watch how a growing cadre of committed young women are pushing change in their communities. 

Engineering Change: Women Build Skills for the Future

Engineering Change: Women Build Skills for the Future 
A group of young women in Haryana has quietly shattered stereotypes and blazed a trail for many others to follow. These young women have successfully completed a short vocational training course in plastic engineering and are now working in industrial hubs, in and around the state. Watch to find out more.

Job Fair Attracts Aspiring Women
Over 20,000 young women and men participated in a mega job fair held in Maharashtra which brought together private sector companies, vocational training providers and government with aspiring candidates in the Amravati region of the state. The event was organized by the Government of Maharashtra's Department of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to raise awareness about various skilling initiatives.  
        

Photo Essays

Stories of Aspiration, Stories of Direction: ‘Disha’ in Action

Stories of Aspiration, Stories of Direction: ‘Disha’ in Action
Disha aims to improve the lives of one million women in India by helping them learn marketable skills, connecting them with income opportunities and assisting women to become economically self-sufficient. It was a busy year for us with over 40 pilots in the National Capital Region of Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana. Take a look at our year! 

Stories of Change

Heading in the Right Direction: Career Counselling Programmes for Young Women

Heading in the Right Direction: Career Counselling Programmes for Young Women
Career Guidance Counselling Centres are motivating young women to secure careers that empower them

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Building Skills, Building Futures
Short vocational training course in plastics engineering with assured placement for young women in Haryana, a state with one of the lowest female workforce participation rates in India

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Shattering Myths on the Factory Floor
Over a four-month period, 180 young women will be trained to work at a stainless steelplant in Haryana, a state where women’s workforce participation remains low. The skilling programme is a one-of-its kind public-private partnership  that aims to equip young women with the skills and knowledge to enhance their  employability and help them secure jobs in the steel industry.

Press Releases

Career Guidance Counselling Centres launched in Delhi-NCR to improve employment opportunities for young women

Career Guidance Counselling Centres launched in Delhi-NCR to improve employment opportunities for young women
14 March 2016: Career guidance counselling centres set up in Delhi-NCR will provide dedicated career services to young women seeking employment in the region. The Counselling Centres, a first of its kind for women, builds on the findings of a UNDP commissioned study which revealed that almost 80 percent of young women in Delhi did not have access to accurate and timely information on educational and job opportunities.

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Government of Maharashtra and the United Nations Development Programme Strengthen Partnership on Development
17 February 2016 - Shri Devendra Fadvanis, Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra met with Jaco Cilliers, Country Director, UNDP in Mumbai today. The two discussed ways to deepen collaboration on key development issues facing the state. The collaboration will focus on bridging the information gap amongst women and girls on skill development, creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities; enhancing the role of the private sector in skill development and employment; promoting women’s entrepreneuship in key areas such as small retail; and supporting community-managed resource centres for women. 

IKEA Foundation Commits EUR 16 Million for Programme to Improve the Lives of One Million Underprivileged Women and Girls in India
12 October 2015 -
To celebrate the Day of the Girl Child, IKEA Foundation announced a new partnership that aims to provide employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to one million underprivileged women across India. The unique three-year programme will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Xyntéo and the India Development Foundation (IDF). The programme is approved by India’s Ministry of Finance.

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