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Project Catalyst
 

Project Catalyst provides critical technical and program management support to state government departments and agencies to offer vocational education as part of the mainstream education in the state. Qualified staff member(s) deputed from Lend A Hand India are included in the program implementation team at the state level and help with program management.

Currently, Lend A Hand India has entered into partnership with 23 states/UTs under "Project Catalyst" to provide them with technical and project management support to scale up vocational education in the state. These states/UTs are : Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Dadra Nagar & Haveli, Delhi NCT, Diu & Daman, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana & Uttarakhand.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) has following to say about "Project Catalyst"
LAHI embedded its staff within the state department of education, so as to provide technical and project management support to Maharashtra’s efforts to offer vocational education opportunities to its students. LAHI staff worked side by side with government staff (at the district, division, and state levels), to prepare a long-term strategic roadmap, draft funding proposals, and launch the initiative. Their close collaboration paid off; Project Catalyst has expanded, with support from the MacArthur Foundation and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, to 3,000 schools in 12 additional states. This is a three-way, public-private partnership, where the nonprofit delivers technical and domain expertise, funded by private capital and backed by the central and state governments’ policymaking power.

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Lend A Hand India undertakes the following activities as part of the support and capacity and team building of the State Governments:
1. Assist in preparing strategic long term roadmap for vocational education in secondary schools in the state
2. Help the state authorities to draft funding proposal and doing the preparatory work
3. Participate in the due diligence of the proposal by the government of India
4. Based on the approvals received, prepare the state level implementation plan which involves administrative and policy actions
5. Determination of key performance indicators, prepare templates for MIS and design solutions to get the required information
6. Provide the project management support including issue identification and resolution
7. Monitoring, tracking and third party evaluation
8. Laying foundation for the state's team building process


 

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