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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Job market integration» in India

India's economic upswing is benefiting only a small part of the population, and some 30 per cent the people continue to live below the poverty line. Development is stagnating in rural areas, while conflicts over land and natural resources are intensifying. The government's pro-business policy promotes land acquisition by large investors and this is leading to ever greater marginalization of smallholders and day labourers. The Indian caste system further accentuates social differences. People who belong to no caste – called Dalits – as well as indigenous groups such as the Adivasis are systematically excluded from society. HEKS/EPER supports these minorities in obtaining land titles, securing their food supply and improving their income.

HEKS/EPER in India

Facts

In 2017, HEKS/EPER assisted over 7000 members of the Dalit and Adivasi communities in improving their livelihoods. 3000 of them augmented their crop yields or their incomes.

Unemployment can be devastating in our society. Lack of social recognition, social isolation, illness and depression are potential consequences of unemployment. Thus, when the jobless re-enter the world of work, it is not just a matter of securing a livelihood, but also of boosting their overall state of health. There are many reasons for joblessness. There is no reason to abandon the jobless, however. HEKS/EPER supports jobseekers in the regions of Aargau/Solothurn, Basel Stadt/Baselland, Berne, Eastern Switzerland, Western Switzerland and Zurich/Schaffhausen in re-entering the job market.