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The mission of the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (RAGCED) is to be a source of knowledge and expertise that helps Rotarians plan, implement, and manage impactful and sustainable economic development projects and create lasting change in poor and underserved communities.

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My wife and I spent much of the month of March in South Asia. Initially, we were conducting a Rotary Foundation Global Grant that my Rotary Club in the USA and the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Channel Islands were working on in Guwahati, Assam, India. At the same time, we've had numerous opportunities to meet with Rotarians and Rotaractors. While I learned various things during the trip, I’d like to focus on three key points related to economic development:

By Biswajit Ghosh
In an inspiring move set to redefine early childhood education in India, Nalanda Learning has forged a strategic alliance with the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (RAGCED) and the IT-Pro Rotary Fellowship. This collaboration marks the beginning of a transformative journey to develop a comprehensive Teacher's Training Program for early educators, meticulously designed to align with the visionary objectives set forth by India's National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020. This initiative heralds a new era of educational excellence, aiming to ignite a nationwide transformation in early learning methodologies. 

The following projects are illustrative examples based on RAGCED's areas of focus, they reflect the kind of impact RAGCED aims to achieve worldwide:

Microfinance and Microcredit Initiatives

These projects provide small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries who do not have access to traditional banking services. The goal is to empower individuals to start or expand their businesses, thus creating jobs and fostering economic development within their communities. An example could involve setting up a Microfinance institution in a rural area to offer financial services, including small loans, savings accounts, and financial literacy training.
Vocational Training and Education Programs
Vocational training projects focus on equipping people with specific skills needed in the local job market, such as carpentry, sewing, or digital skills. For instance, a project might establish a vocational training centre where unemployed youth can learn trade skills, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, significantly improving their employment prospects and ability to contribute economically to their communities.
Agricultural Development Projects
These projects support smallholder farmers by providing them with access to improved seeds, irrigation techniques, and sustainable farming practices. An example project could involve the introduction of a drip irrigation system to a drought-prone area, combined with training sessions on sustainable farming practices and crop management, thereby increasing crop yields and farmers' incomes.
Entrepreneurship Development Programs
Entrepreneurship programs aim to foster a culture of innovation and business creation. Such a project might include workshops and mentorship for aspiring entrepreneurs, covering business planning, marketing, and access to finance. A specific example could be a startup incubator program that supports women entrepreneurs with training, mentorship, and seed funding to launch their businesses.
Community Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure projects focus on building or improving community assets that support economic activities, such as markets, roads, or co-working spaces. An infrastructure project under RAGCED's guidance might involve constructing a community center that doubles as a co-working space for local entrepreneurs, providing them with a venue for business operations and networking events.
Market Access and Value Chain Development 
These initiatives help producers and manufacturers improve their products and access wider markets. A project might support artisan groups by facilitating connections with global markets through e-commerce platforms, alongside training in quality control and packaging, thereby increasing their sales and income levels.

Projects associated with RAGCED typically embody Rotary's commitment to community service, with a focus on economic empowerment. They leverage the global Rotary network's resources, expertise, and volunteer spirit to make a sustainable impact. For the most recent and detailed examples of RAGCED projects, direct engagement with Rotary International or RAGCED's official communications is recommended, as they continuously update their initiatives and success stories.

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