Background

Who We Are

ACCESS Development Services is a national livelihoods support organization with a focus on incubating innovations for sustainable livelihoods of the poor. Set up in March 2006, with support from DFID (Govt. of UK), ACCESS is structured uniquely, to work at all levels of the development sector value chain – implementing programmes on the ground, working with Civil Society Organizations, Government Departments, Corporate Sector and Multilateral / Bilateral Agencies to improve and enhance their programme implementation and also undertaking a few national initiatives.

For creating a sustainable impact, ACCESS pursues a 3-tier approach to strengthen and support the livelihoods sector and implements several dynamic initiatives at all levels.

At Tier I, ACCESS operates in nine states of the country, implementing about 39 programmes on the ground, with the core strategy of organizing the primary producers and integrating them into value chains.

As a part of its Tier II portfolio, ACCESS builds capacity of capacity builders, strengthening civil society capacities, supports government programmes, undertakes studies, among others.

At the national level, as a part of its Tier III work, ACCESS stengthens the enabling environment through influencing and informing as well as supporting policy at the national and state level. As a part of its Tier III work, ACCESS annually organises the Livelihoods India Summit and Inclusive Finance Summit and brings out annual reports and publications in the respective sectors. At Tier III level, ACCESS also organises Policy / Thematic retreats and Round Tables to help catalyse issues and for making key recommendations to policy makers.


ACCESS Vision and Mission

Vision

ACCESS is a global partner of choice, providing inclusive innovative livelihood solutions and enabling the poor to overcome poverty and live with dignity.

Mission

To build capacity of community-based institutions that deliver relevant financial and livelihoods services to the poor and unreachable households.


ACCESS USP

ACCESS has developed certain core competencies over the years by learning from experience, implementing a multitude of programmes in diverse contexts and geographies, and building a strong professional team, and applying these competencies to its initiatives.

Among others, a few areas in which ACCESS has demonstrated core strength, include:

  1. Ability to work at all levels of the sectors.
  2. Develop “Lift and shift” models
  3. Positioned as a gateway agency between the poor and the markets
  4. Ability to work at scale
  5. Build local capacities (capacity building of capacity builders)
  6. Support inclusive value chains, favouring primary producers
  7. Identify and incubate innovations
  8. Invest, incubate and strengthen community-based institutions / model