Khandelwal Rajiv is the Co-Founder and Director of Aajeevika Bureau. Under his leadership, Aajeevika Bureau has pioneered a range of solutions for vulnerable migrant workers and households - photo ID, skill training, legal aid, financial services, health care and destination support. Rajiv holds a degree in Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand. He was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2005 in recognition of innovative ideas to address problems of seasonal migrant workers, and received the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Schwab Foundation (2010).
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- South Asia, India
Aajeevika Bureau is a specialized institutional initiative providing services, support and security to rural seasonal migrant workers. Its focus is based on the belief that rural-to-urban migration is an inevitable socio-economic reality, especially for those unable to generate a meaningful livelihood from rural resources.
Despite their major contribution to the economy, rural migrant workers remain excluded from opportunities, services and protection. The work of Aajeevika Bureau is therefore aimed at improving social and livelihood opportunities for migrants while developing services and policies for their advancement. Aajeevika Bureau works in the registration and issuance of identity cards for migrant labourers, allowing them to access banking and mobile telephone services, and government and citizenship entitlements. The organization offers skills training and job placement for rural youths. Through the trade-based collectivization of migrant workers from the disorganized sector, Aajeevika Bureau is able to lend greater voice to this often neglected group.
Aajeevika Bureau also enrols migrant workers in legal services and insurance and pension plans. It facilitates links with government programmes, food security, health services, and counselling for women and children who experience the long-term absence of men family members. Additionally, Aajeevika Bureau manages migration resource centres that provide knowledge, capacity building and management support to migration initiatives in other NGOs and projects. Aajeevika Bureau is a non-profit, charitable trust registered in Udaipur, Rajasthan. It has helped over 50,000 migrants since its founding in 2005.