Baseline study of 500 weavers of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

Client: Traidcraft Exchange (TX) UK supported by DFID PACS and European Union
Traidcraft along with All India Artisan and Craft Workers Welfare Association has begun implementing two projects - DFID's PACS and European Union Going Green in Varanasi. Baseline study is an early element of the project monitoring framework. A detailed baseline on income, access to scheme, status of handicraft, looms, source of credit, market linkages, existing product range, detailed technical issues etc were profiled by Fourth Dimension. The objective of the baseline study was to provide an independently assess information base against which the project progress can be monitored and assessed for effective implementation and after project is completed.

Toolkit on Jute Development Producers in West Bengal

Client: Traidcraft Exchange UK supported by European Commission
Fourth Dimension created the final content for the Toolkit from secondary information provided by the implementing partners and additional information through internet research. The final Toolkit content covers environmental and social sustainability issues as well as key business elements that need to be considered for a Jute Development Producing SMEs to ensure that the initiative are sustainable. The final English content was first developed and then translated in Bengali. Fourth Dimension designed the final layout of the Toolkit. Total 15 chapters on different topics related to eco-friendly and business issues have been covered which were disseminated in a workshop in September 2014.

Pre-baseline survey of Textile clusters of Kota (Rajasthan) and Lucknow (UP)

Client: Traidcraft Exchange (TX) UK
Fourth Dimension conducted a pre-baseline survey of Textile clusters of Kota (Rajasthan) – Kota Doria handloom and Lucknow (UP) – Chikken & Zardozi craft to identify the project beneficiaries, provide understanding of artisans current status, needs and challenges for Traidcraft Exchange (TX) project titled ‘Going Green’ supported by European Union.

Detailed Strategy to Market Textile Handicrafts produced in Barmer district, Rajasthan

Client: Access Development Services, New Delhi
Access Development Services Jaipur team is working to ensure greater off take of Textile Handicrafts (Appliqué/Embroidery, Handloom, Weaving i.e. Pattu), native to Barmer district. Fourth Dimension’s task was to do a SWOT analysis, study current scenario, assess existing market size of the crafts and the competitive products, assess support being provided to the target beneficiaries and what additional may be needed. Fourth Dimension study team visited 82 craft stores and outlets which included branches of the same brand or to be precise 65 distinct handicraft/handloom outlets in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Jaipur and Bangalore to survey and observe shelf space, price range, design mix, interact with store managers, product sourcing managers, customers to identify preference of product ranges/designs/colours. Based on the comprehensive study the detailed strategy to market handicrafts produced in Barmer was developed.

Road map on Institutional Development of Value Chain Approach for Agri-business in Bihar

Client: Apaar Sansthan supported by IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative under Technical Assistance programme of Asian Development Bank
Fourth Dimension was one of the partner agency to carry out the assignment. The scope of work was to facilitate collection of value chain data from 11 districts of Bihar, collate information and present marketing system and issues, procurement mechanism, farmers groups, community Institutions, quality standards, government support, scope of value addition etc. Fourth Dimension supported in preparing the study schedules for different respondents, supported the field study, provided specific inputs in final strategy report on the status of farmers’ groups, community institutions, communication (failed attempts and successful models), Case studies, including around Geographical Indicator System, Outreach and Capacity building.

BCC Training Module Framework for BRLP JEEViKA Bihar

Client: BRLPS JEEViKA funded by National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) supported by World Bank
BRLP JEEViKA desired that all its functionaries, especially those who are regularly interacting with the community require inputs to become better communicators and facilitators to run training programmes more effectively. Fourth Dimension consulted with the BRLPS JEEViKA project staff and community cadres in two districts, observed actual trainings situations, facilitation skills and also reviewed the existing training materials. Based on the gap analysis the BCC Training Module framework was developed.

Interactive Need Assessment Survey and Design Clinic Workshops

Client: DCS-MSME Government of India
Fourth Dimension conducted two detailed Interactive Need Assessment Surveys and Design Clinic Workshops in Jitbarpur Madhubani district of Bihar and Barpeta district of Assam as partial fulfilment of ‘Design Awareness Programme’ under the framework of MSME scheme. The main objective of the assignment was to highlight the status of both the MSME clusters in Jitbarpur Madhubani (painting) and Barpeta (traditional firework). Fourth Dimension after concluding the Need Assessment survey and conducted five days design clinic workshops in both the locations and made recommendations for the betterment of the cluster, with focus on design intervention at various stages. The main source of information was from the proprietors of the MSMEs units who are the primary beneficiary of the programme.

Curriculum development for Design Cell (SIDAC), Gov of Odisha,

Client: Industry department, Gov of Odisha
National Institute of Design (NID) invited Fourth Dimension consultant during revisiting of curriculum development exercise for the Design Cell, Odisha. The curriculum was aimed at offering contextual capability tools and design development methods suited to the needs of the artisans from Odisha state. The key objective of the curriculum development process was to ensure the artisan's wards understand the design led training approach so that they could utilize ‘design’ as a strategic tool. The final curriculum now in use enables students to develop new craft products suitable to contemporary Indian market.

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