The project aims at attaining the following outcomes and results:
- By the end of the project in June 2010, the GRANITE network will be considerably strengthened through skill up-gradation and knowledge enhancement in the context of economic governance in India on policies related to agriculture and handloom & handicrafts, which represent two important thrust areas of the National Foreign Trade Policy of India, 2004-09, and its impact on the livelihoods of the poor, particularly the marginalized and women.
- 3600 beneficiaries from the 8 states, including self-help groups, grassroots community-based organisations, civil society organisations, members of Panchayats (local-level self-government institution in India) and local-level government officials are mobilised, more aware and knowledgeable about NFTP and its impact on the livelihoods of the poor in particular, and actively involved in advocacy activities at the state levels.
Perceptions and recommendations of grassroots organisations and other important stakeholders at the state level are integrated in the advocacy documents to be used as an advocacy tool. Thereby, the voice of the grassroots level further legitimises the advocacy efforts of GRANITE II and provides evidence of CSO engagement in policy formulation.
- 1350 beneficiaries including policy-makers, politicians, research and media representatives, recognise and incorporate ground realities and people’s demands for a pro-poor and pro-development NFTP.
- A minimum of 5000 to 8000 people comprising policy-makers and government officials at the provincial and national level, international civil servants, civil society groups in India and abroad, media personnel and representatives from research institutions in India and abroad will be more aware on issues related to the political economy of economic governance in India and the impact of the National Foreign Trade Policy of India, 2004-09 on the livelihoods of the poor.
- There will be more pro-poor adjustments in the National Foreign Trade Policy of India 2004-09 and the next policy to help the poor participate in international trade and reap benefits out of it. In particular, the project will look into the employment generation aspects of the NFTP 2004-09, keeping in mind the Focused Product Initiative and its export generation potential.
- The process of formulating the next National Foreign Trade Policy of India 2009-2014 – the first draft of which is expected in mid 2008- will be more inclusive in terms of social, political and institutional dimensions and focus on the marginalized and women.