Mission RIEV (Ruralising India - Empowering Villages) is IIRD’s ﬂagship programme which focuses on facilitating people in various segments of life to support holistic progress. RIEV is an outcome of IIRD’s continuous developmental exposure and experience of over 15 years, in Himachal and across several regions in India. RIEV is one of its own kind of a programme that encapsulates the United Nations’ all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for holistic progress at the micro-level.
Mission RIEV’s Version 1 was launched on October 2, 2017, and was designed to ensure employment opportunities, business models, access to basic support, services and infrastructure to people. After gaining experience and encouraging feedback from people based on the services they received, Mission RIEV launched its Version 2 on September 15, 2018, with major improvements and a platform which is completely IT-based.
RIEV is evolving as a tool to ﬁnd feasible solutions for various needs, problems and providing services at the doorsteps of people in rural regions. This programme has also been gradually working to ensure the creation of endless employment opportunities in the villages, besides giving impetus to the rural production system, thereby evolving villages as vibrant centres of the economy.
The struggles faced by educated youths to find employment that suits their skill set and aptitude is also addressed by RIEV through the “Hidden Demand” and “Potential Suppliers”, which can be both made available through Mission RIEV by bridging the gap between the people who are in need of support (service requirement) and the skilled youth who can bring services to their doorsteps.
Mission RIEV has emerged as a unique community-intensive programme focused on knowing the problems of villagers (based on individual needs) and offering customised solutions within a given timeline on a low-cost basis. This enables the village-dwellers to avail services without toiling in the cities
A strong IT platform and partnerships under diverse sectors act as the foundation and pillars of this programme. All Panchayat Facilitators (PF) identify the individual as well as familial problems and needs of people who are enrolled as the members of Mission RIEV, then provide customised solution and support with the help of back-end support through specially designed software and round-the-clock support from the IT department at the IIRD head office.