Centre for Microfinance & Livelihood (CML) is a support umbrella organisation for capacity building, collaborative interventions, research, facilitating implementation of government programs and aiding policy formulations in the development space. It was established in 2008, under the aegis of Grameen Sahara — an NGO based in Assam, with the support of Tata Social Welfare Trust (TSWT) — an ally of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai. CML is located in Guwahati, Assam. The centre envisioned to emerge as a resource and capacity building platform to cater to the evolving needs of the budding development sector of Northeast India. CML strongly believes in associations, partnerships and collaborations to effectively carry forward its vision and mission. CML has the mandate to extend its services to all eight North-eastern states. At present CML has linkage with more than 500 NGOs in the region. Initially, it focussed on the states of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Since the second quarter of 2010, interventions were extended to states of Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and Sikkim. At present CML’s collaborative livelihood intervention is spread across all the eight Northeast states.
Scope of CML mission encompasses following broad areas:
- Identifying critical needs of the NGOs,
- Facilitating/ extending need based responsive capacity building initiatives of NGOs,
- Creating a network among NGOs in the region with the objective of enhancing the information flow, enabling self-learning and harnessing the cross-learning benefits.
- Disseminating learning in the context of microfinance and livelihood promotion and
- To periodically provide ground insight to policy makers through dialogues, policy workshops and relevant process documentations