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EDI India
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Entrepnuership Development Institute of India as a National Resource Agency [NRA] for co-ordination, monitoring and hand holding support of cluster development interventions at 20 locations. Synergised & consistent support to the Handloom Weavers of 20 selected Handloom clusters across the country through focused yet flexible & holistic Approach.


The Agency with a Secretariat is being managed by an interdisciplinary team of 8-9 professionals having expertise in diverse disciplines related to cluster development. Senior experts/ consultants (from the field) in the areas of marketing, technology, export, design and other specialised discipline, to take care of the specific requirements of Handloom clusters. The centre has been involved in developing data bank of BDS providers to enable the Implementing Agencies source quality business development services. The Centre has adopted a hub and spoke strategy where in its regional centres serve the needs of clusters at the local level whereas high end expertise are being provided by the head office. Major research and documentation activities of the activities being supported by the Agency are being carried out at its head quarter in Ahmedabad.

As mentioned earlier, interventions for cluster development call for well trained change and development agents. Therefore, the Agency initially focussed on capacity building of CDEs from each target cluster. To accomplish this, the Centre organised CDE programme. This training programme was organised in three phases. The first phase enabled the participants in understanding a cluster and its internal dynamics. Inputs were given on how to do diagnostic study, cluster mapping, structure analysis, value chain analysis, SWOT analysis etc. In the second phase the CDE went back to their respective clusters to carry out diagnostic study (of the clusters) by meeting entrepreneurs, members of the local associations, support institutions, BDS providers and opinion leaders. They have prepared a diagnostic study report. In the third phase of the programme, CDE made presentation on the findings of the cluster diagnostic study. Accordingly the cluster vision and action plan have been developed with active participation of the major cluster stakeholders. The CDEs have also been trained on how to do resource mobilisation, trust building, networking, capacity building etc. This also helps them to understand the techniques of carrying out evaluation and monitoring function.

The faculty members of the Agency have been making on site visits to the clusters to understand the prevalent situation, monitor progress of the cluster development scheme and provide hand holding support to ensure holistic development of the clusters. Outside technical experts/ consultants have also been involved in the activities of the centre. Efforts are to screen all technological interventions with visit once in a quarter to the clusters.

Periodic meeting/ workshops have been been organised where CDEs and cluster stakeholders have been invited to share their experiences and expectations. This has enabled understanding the problem areas and devising a mechanism to sort out the same. This has also served as a platform for mutual learning and understanding of the best practices of others.