Mapping Social Innovation Among Youth and Adolescents: A Situational Assessment of Livelihood Promotion and Enhancement Initiatives in India



This chapter analyses the contexts and nature of social innovations in livelihoods and skill building among youth and adolescents in India. It further explores the nature and impact of social innovations, sustainability and social value creation on the life of youth and adolescents. This paper offers a fresh and interactive perspective of social innovation. The methodology included desk review of literature, mapping of 100 organisations and programmes that had a crucial component of livelihood promotion and enhancement as a key intervention. Detailed case studies of 40 programmes were also carried out. Our analysis shows that most of these selected projects in the commencement phase are innovative. However, these projects tend to fail, owing to frequent discouragement, lack of sustained funding and absence of volunteerism. This chapter advocates the need for institutional innovations and proactive multi-stakeholder partnerships in designing and implementing adolescent- and youth-oriented livelihood enhancement projects at the level of policymaking and implementation.


Social innovation Youth and adolescents Livelihoods Skill building 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation, School of Social WorkTISSMumbaiIndia

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