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Parvinder Pal
First Name Parvinder
Last Name Pal
Institution/Company Foundation for MSME clusters
Position Director
Country of Residence   India
City of Residence New Delhi
Phone
Website
E-mail parvinder.pal@msmefoundation.org
Cluster Quote

I have 28 years of experience in development of artisan and industrial clusters, with special reference to micro and small enterprises clusters for the last 8 years and before that as an entrepreneur for 7 years in a small scale foundry unit. I have also worked in the promotion of BDS and BDS providers in 6 clusters and have been involved in building network amongst various BDS providers and introduced them to the clusters. I have been involved in linking artisanal clusters to develop community owned business organisations, ensuring inclusivity.

As an independent consultant I have worked for many organisations like UNIDO, ILO, DST, UNDP etc. and have provided inputs for many research papers, case studies, M&E tools and methodology documents done on cluster development. I also conducted different training programmes for various cluster development related initiatives and have helped local cluster development agents (CDAs) in developing cluster diagnostic studies and carrying out value chain mappings for clusters.


In which languages could you support a CD project (proficiency level should be adequate so that you could also hold presentations and do trainings in this language)?
English, Hindi,

In which countries have you worked on CD projects?
India, Montenegro, South Africa
Experience in the following areas ...
  StrongModerateLittle/None
Cluster twinning x
CSR in a cluster context x
Innovation in a cluster context x
Cluster based finance schemes x
Export Consortia development x
Monitoring & Evaluation of CD projects x
Gender issues a cluster context x
Poverty alleviation through CD x
Development of BDS in a cluster context x
Energy efficiency in clusters x
Cluster policy advisory x

Strong:
worked in min. 2 clusters on the respective issue and or drafted methodological texts on the subject
Moderate:
worked in/managed a project where the respective subject was an issue, but not directly implemented related activities
Have you ever worked as Cluster Development Agent (CDA)?
yes
Have you been trained specifically on the UNIDO CD approach?
yes
Have you ever been employed under a UNIDO cluster development project?
yes
How many clusters have you assisted as a CDA?
# 1
In which sectors have you worked on CD projects?
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Manufacturing of food products
Manufacturing of textiles
Manufacturing of leather and related products
Manufacturing of basic metals and metal products
Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Wholesale and retail trade
Other