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Proposal for Conducting a Comprehensive Baseline Study on Implementation of Child Development Project in Malkangiri and Rayagada Districts of Odisha


Child Protection has been an overarching component in CYSD’s strategic programme direction in line with the SDGs. Currently; CYSD in partnership with ChildFund has designed its programmatic interventions with an integrated approach focusing on child protection, education, health and livelihoods. Further, child being the centre, complete life-cycle approach is followed until completion of 24 years of age. The interventions are in operation benefiting 2089 enrolled 1287 non–enrolled children and their families in 165 targeted villages of 18 Gram Panchayats (GPs), in 5 blocks of Malkangiri and Rayagada, coming under the aspirational districts, in Odisha. While designing and rolling out the interventions for the holistic development of children and youth in Malkangiri and Rayagada, the implementing agency felt an urgent need to undertake a comprehensive baseline study.

The Assignment

A detailed proposal including the objectives, methodology, sample, work plan and budget is invited from consulting firms or individual consultants for conducting a comprehensive baseline study on implementation of Child Development Project in Malkangiri and Rayagada Districts of Odisha.

The proposed baseline will provide an in-depth understanding of the eco-system of community development in general and children in particular. The findings of the comprehensive baseline will also guide the future programmatic interventions and help in developing scalable evidence on holistic development of children through a complete life-cycle approach.


The broad objectives of the proposed baseline study would be to assess:

  • The existing child protection issues and the effectiveness of the mechanism adopted for protection of children;
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) behaviour of Adolescents and Youth in the age group of 11 to 24 years;
  • The educational status of children in the age group of 6-14 years; and
  • Capabilities and competencies of vulnerable families (Youth/Parents) towards household food security and quality of life.

 Scope of the Study 

  • Child protection issues at the level of family, community, school and the society
  • Community based child protection system and its linkage with the mainstream institutions
  • Knowledge and understanding of the adolescents and youth on SRH and nutrition
  • Demonstration of rights and entitlements relating to SRH by the adolescents and youth
  • Implementation of health services, and the issues and challenges there-in
  • RTE compliances and educational outcomes at the elementary level
  • Learning achievement of  students
  • Community participation in school education
  • Mapping out skills and competencies of youth
  • Participation of youth in the development process
  • Employment, migration and house hold level income
  • Opportunities for convergence and collaboration to take the development agenda forward
  • Documentation of good practices/stories of change


Keeping into the objectives of the study, both quantitative and qualitative techniques will be used for the proposed comprehensive baseline survey.  Data will be collected from primary and secondary sources. Primary information will be collected through Scheduled questioner, key informant interviews and Focus group discussion; and secondary data will be collected from secondary sources.

 The Universe and the Sample

The project is in operation in 165 targeted villages of 18 GPs, in 5 blocks of Malkangiri and Rayagada benefiting 2089 enrolled 1287 non–enrolled children and their families.

Based on the programme out reach, sample units will be selected both from the intervention (HH having sponsored child) and control (HH not having sponsored child) groups using appropriate research methodology for a comparative analysis of the impact, if any. Further,  Panchayat Raj Institution, School, Youth/Children clubs, community members,  relevant  committees including  SMC, PLCPC, BLCPC, DCPU, JJB, CWC, Child Line etc., and officials concerned will be taken into consideration as appropriate. The detailed sample design to be proposed for conducting the baseline effectively.

Key Deliverables

  • Final Tools and techniques
  • Report of the Baseline Study
  • Consolidated Baseline database/Information in soft form


The assignment is expected to be completed within two months from the date of commissioning of the assignment, which will include desk review, field work, and report writing. It is expected that this work will begin on 1st October, 2018 and the field study should be completed in all respect by the end of October, 2018.  The detailed work plan to be worked out for conducting the study effectively.


The consultant is expected to work out and submit the detailed budget (all inclusive) for conducting the proposed baseline study.

Qualification and Experience of the Consultant/team 

The Consultant should have:

  • Advanced degree in social sciences, development studies, education or relevant fields.
  • Significant experience in evaluating education related projects. Knowledge of child rights and experience in evaluating programmes with children and vulnerable groups.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in both Odisha and English
  • The agency/consultant should preferably be based in Odisha

Ethics and Child Protection Statements

The agency/consultant must agree to abide by the child protection policy of CYSD and Childfund and related requirements.

Terms of Compensation 

The payment will be as discussed and agreed to in terms of rates and schedules between the AMIED and the selected agency/consultant.  Payment will be based on available budget from the donors.

To Apply: 

Please submit a proposal that indicates the following:

  • Proposed team members and relevant experience in mixed methods data collection, analysis, reporting (include CVs)
  • Technical proposal should comprise of technical profile of agency demonstrated by evidences as also clarity of plans for deliverables with time schedule for each deliverable
  • Proposed Budget for the Assignment

Application Date: Please send your application latest by 27th September 2018.

Key Contact: 

Shri Prafulla Kumar Maharana

Senior Programme Manager

CYSD-ChildFund India

Mathili, Malkangiri -764044

News & Events

Odisha Vikash Conclave-2018

Odisha is endowed with rich natural resources and glorious cultural heritage. The long term stability in the Government over more than a decade in the State provides great opportunity for structural changes. A plethora of programmes and schemes have come out in recent years to address the issues of the poor and the vulnerable communities. However, the real and sustainable development of Odisha continues to remain elusive in spite of the economic growth rate of more than 6% during the last few years.

It is evident that, development challenges in Odisha are a ‘many hands problem’ and need a multi stakeholder approach. For too long the Government, the social sector and the private sector have been operating in isolation from each other with different priorities and agenda. Whilst it cannot be denied that the social sector and the private sector play a vital role in the growth and development of Odisha, there is a pressing need for this growth and development to be more inclusive and be an effective vehicle of development for all.

The Core Thematic Areas proposed for Discussion/Deliberation in the Conclave are:

    • Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
    • Health
    • Food and Nutrition Security
    • School Education
    • Tribal Development
    • Rain-fed Agriculture
    • Employment and Migration
    • Skill
    • Disaster and Climate Action
    • Inclusive Governance and Social Accountability
    • Social Exclusion and Inequality
    • Forest and Natural Resource Management
    • Water and River Ecology
    • Democratizing Urban Governance
    • Panchayati Raj
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    • University Community Linkage
    • Child Rights

The proposed initiative would facilitate larger participation of different stakeholders in the development process, inform people about the innovations & best practices, and influence the policies and programmes so as to achieve the goals as reflected in the SDGs.

  • Stimulating public debate and creating an informed discourse around Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 for Odisha;
  • Articulation of a clear road map for addressing the development challenges;
  • Building an effective Collaborative framework to reach the SDGs;
  • Creation of an Institutional mechanism for follow-up;
  • Devising an independent monitoring mechanism through the Odisha Development Report (beginning 2018).

Odisha Development Initiative will create opportunities for meaningful collaboration and synergy building among the Government, Civil Society Organizations, Corporate Houses, Research Institutions and Donor Communities to have dialogue on the developmental challenges and collectively agree upon a common agenda to strategically overcome those challenges in the State.

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Odisha CSR Round Table

With globalization and economic liberalization in 1990s, and partial withdrawal of controls and licensing systems there was a boom in the economic growth of the country. This led to the increased momentum in industrial growth, making it possible for the companies to contribute more towards social responsibility. What started as charity is now understood and accepted as responsibility. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has highlighted “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large”

Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 has given legal weighting and direction to CSR activities in India, by creating an opportunity for collaboration between the corporate houses, civil society organisations and the Government.

Odisha was among the first states of India to have published a CSR White paper in India. The eco- system is being enabled for companies to invest in and report on social activities. It has been mandatory for large companies to report on CSR projects undertaken and to disclose details including spending on these projects in their annual report.  Since CSR is often termed as the third wave of development in India and is expected to have strong impact on the development of Odisha, it is deemed necessary to give attention to CSR and its upshots for the people of the state.

Inter-Agency Round-table on CSR

In the above context, the proposed Inter-Agency Round-table on CSR is expected to provide a platform to be informed, converse, debate and facilitate the complementary and aligned roles of these three constituencies i.e Government, corporate sector and civil society organisations.


 The main objectives of the Inter-Agency Round table on CSR are thus:

  • Creating a platform for collective informed reflection and action for effective implementation of CSR agenda;
  • Building alliances between corporate entities, Civil Society Organisations and the Government for learning, sharing best practices and innovations;

This Roundtable is intended to bring together the stakeholders to buttress CSR for the last mile development of the state and cross fertilize the learning’s for the greater good of the people.

Success Stories

Case study of Deepa Behera

Name:- Smt. Deepa Behera

Village:- Jhadabalaskumpa



Twenty four years old Deepa Behera wife of Chandrakant Behera (Unemployed), Village-Jhadabalaskumpa she is a house wife(Lactating Mother). She leave happy with her husband one daughter,one baby (son), Grand Father, Mother and one Brother-in-law . She attended and participated in many trainings, programs of cysd and watch film show which was organized by cysd in time to time. From these programmes she gathered many need full information’s regarding ANC,PNC and Nutrition balanced diet rest etc. When she came to know conceive she went near AWC and conform there, registered her name and she has been taken T.T. one and attend the VHND. After one month she has been taken T.T-2 and received THR ,IFA tablet and taken properly .Her family members also support him for ANC care, Just like Balanced diet ,Rest and Medical check-up .She attended VHND every month and completed -4 ANC (CHC-Khajuripada)in according to Dr. counseling she also taken care of himself. In this time on dated- 16/04/15 morning she felled pain in her lower abdominal .They contact with ASHA and called -102 vehicle and with the help of ASHA she joined at Khajuripada CHC. There Dr. and health team support him and after some time she burned a healthy baby son (3KG. 300Gm) normally and she stay one day there in CHC. at that time she received all JSSK facilities there and the medical staff support him also. After one day she discharged from CHC and return through -102 vehicle to her house. Received JSY-1400 and MAMATA yojana -1500 first installment because this is her second issue. Now Deepa  and their family member proud of because Deepa received all these facilities without paying any bribe or money to any one of the medical staffs so she fill very happy. These are only possible for CYSDs counseling and   program me She told us and our staff.

Success Stories

Light at the End of the Tunnel!

Kumari Runu Nayak (20), single and orphan, currently sheltered at her uncle’s makeshift house at DNT colony in Ganjam block, lost everything during the cyclone Phailin. “Local Sarpanch and the school teachers intimated us about the severity of the approaching cyclone” – shared Runu. However, like many in her village, she too did not pay heed to the hint since people from costal belt of Odisha are quite accustomed to these “October disasters” (mostly in the form of cyclone). “It was 1 a.m. that night, I could realize the mistake we did, ignoring the alert given by the Sarpanch” Runu continued with an intimidated voice. “It was not a fleeting storm with an average speed. It was bigger and frightening.” Many of the villagers like Runu were relocated to the nearest school building during the catastrophe. “In haste, I could not even bring any of the essentials like clothing, food and water. All of us were gathered in one corner of the school building, – anxious, threatened and praying for the cyclone to be subdued”, Runu was articulating like she could see another storm cloud looming on the horizon.

A need assessment survey was conducted by CYSD-Plan one month after the PhillinRunu, like many of the villagers, was provided with repair and reconstruction support (GCI sheets, wooden pole, RCC pillar, J hooks, nuts, bolts and nails) by CYSD-Plan. “Soon after getting the building materials by CYSD my uncle’s house was repaired and my own house was fully reconstructed”, – finally a glittering smile shed the tremors of devastation from her face.

Success Stories

Light of Uchantanagar

Binapani Naik, 30, is a resident of Uchatangar in Keonjhar district. She belongs to the Santali community and got married immediately after her matriculation. Initially, Binapani used to attend various training programme organized by CYSD-Plan in her village. However, with time she chose to specialize on health issues and started attending training and orientation programmes on health thoroughly. Soon she was selected as a Community Development Worker in her village. Binapani’s popularity gradually started rising due to her unconditional drive to save the ones in need.

She had gone extra miles to assist 500 critical cases to be referred to health institution and 18 critical pregnant women to give birth to healthy babies. “Every day after my household chores, I visit the families in my village and ensure timely assistance to them.” Having realized the importance of birth registration, Binapani motivated the mothers and processed 15 birth registrations in Karanjia Municipality from Uchantanagar village during 2010-11. She has been burning the candles at both the end to convince people from her village to register the birth of the newborns, go for institutional delivery and to complete immunization course. Today, 119 mothers from her community have adopted safe delivery methods and institutional delivery. All the children of her adopted five villages are fully immunized.

“Capacity building programmes organized by CYSD-Plan in the form of exposure visit to health institutions in KaranjiaBaripada and interaction with the doctors and other health professionals motivated me and sharpen my skills as a Community Development Worker (CDW)” acknowledged Binapani, the shimmering community leader of Uchatangar village.

Success Stories

A boon for the landless

Agriculture has largely been subsistence type in the remote villages of Koraput which is one of the most backward districts of the state. The condition of landless households is even worse as they work as agriculture labourers. In such a scenario, making agriculture remunerative and also addressing the nutritional requirements of the households is a challenge. Daimati Durua, a resident of Kenduguda village of Kerimity Gram Panchayat of Kundura Block, Koraput district took up the cultivation of elephant foot yam during March 2015. This was being cultivated by her for the first time. She was really excited to take this up since it did not require land for cultivation and the investment cost was also very low. Only thing she needed was a gunny bag, soil, sand, organic manure and two hundred gram of seed amounting to forty rupees  worth of investment excluding labour cost which was contributed by her. She was guided by CYSD team members working in that area regarding the methodology to be followed. Yam cultivation in gunny bag has several advantages vis-à-vis it’s cultivation in land. The growth is better in gunny bag since it gets loose and free space. The chances of it getting rotten or spoilt due to rain are less since the water gets drained out easily. It is portable and can be lifted and kept at a suitable place if required. It gets the support from big trees over which it grows and there is no need to put extra support. The input required is less and nourishes the plant without getting diffused in a larger area as in the case of land. As a result of this innovative practice, Daimati Durua could harvest eight to fifteen kilograms of the tuber from each bag within a span of eight months valued at rupees forty per kilogram. She had taken up cultivation in four gunny bags. She plans to sell the yam and keep partly for consumption. In the pilot phase, seven women from three producer groups belonging to three villages of Kerimity gram panchayat had taken up the cultivation of elephant foot yam in ten gunny bags. The ripple effect of this initiative is that a total of two hundred and thirty women have shown interest to go for the cultivation of elephant foot yam in ten gunny bags each. As far as Daimati is concerned, she is eager to do it once again in the next season and at a larger scale. The initiative holds lot of hopes for the tribal women farmers, particularly those who are landless. It paves the way for their economic empowerment together with meeting their dietary requirements.

Some facts on Elephant Foot Yam……

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