Community & Economic Development
The Tibetan Government-in-Exile has a hard task developing the Tibetan Refugee settlements into a self-sufficient communities with a long-term sustainability, and to bring immediate relief and improvements to people's life. The developments are carefully planed every 3 to 4 years based on current Situation Analysis and future needs and improvements, this is documented in Integrated Development Plan, latest Plan 4 (2007 - 2010).
The CTA Department of Home with help and partnership with Tibet House Trust and other organisations and donors tries to achieve these development strategies for Tibetans-in-exile:
Sustainable form of cultivation
Democratic local governance for greater participation in decision making
Improving social and economic infrastructures in settlement
Reforming and strengthening of cooperative Institution
Creating employment opportunities for the youth
By supporting infrastructure projects, agricultural programs, and economic and professional development, The Tibet House Trust has made community development one of its highest priorities.
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Job Creation & Income Generation
Poverty and lack of a job is a big problem for many of the remote Tibetan settlements. The lack of work is destroying some of the structures of the Tibetan communities in the settlement because the majority of the younger adults are looking for work elsewhere, leaving the settlements with an aging population and children. The Tibet House Trust has worked with the Department of Home and other Departments of the CTA, Dharamsala since it was established in 1994 and has fund raised and collaborated on a number of projects including skill training for self employment and supporting initiatives for private and cooperative enterprises which can generate employment for the youths. We are continually seeking funding partner to create more employment opportunities for the youths.
We have also funded the construction of housing, community halls and offices and supports management skills training for staff of the Central Tibetan Administration to improve the administrators and others.
Today, there are over 56 such refugee settlements spread all over South Asia. The main purpose of these settlements was and is, to preserve and upkeep the cultural identity of Tibet alive by leading organised community life.
Tibetans depended mainly on agriculture and allied activities as well as handicrafts for their livelihood. Even as many of the Tibetan settlers still continue to depend on farming and handicrafts for their living, more and more number of Tibetans, especially the younger generations are shifting to other sources of livelihood. Low productivity and low market value for the agricultural produces have been the main factors for this livelihood shift. Because of its relevance and importance for the sustenance of the precious community life, CTA has been making a concerted and a consistent effort in improving the productivity of the farmlands as well as initiating numerous agriculture-related projects and programmes.
The Tibet House Trust assists the CTA Department of Home by supporting the income-generating projects including the Agriculture Development Programme which aims to promote the sustainable livelihood that improves over all socio-economic development potentials of the settlements particularly that of farmers through enhancing environmental sustainable agriculture i.e organic farming, value added processing, crop diversification, organic conversion cum certification and development of agricultural extension services mechanism.