Empowering Tribals, Dalits and Marginalised


  • To strengthen capacities of tribals and dalits, thus empowering them in their struggle to secure their basic human rights needs and dignity
  • To increase the participation of tribals and dalits in institutions of local self-governance for their socio economic upliftment
  • To increase the participation of women in decision making process in all developmental activities for their socio economic upliftment and have access over resources for enhancing better livelihood
  • Empowerment of community based organisations, people’s organisations and advocacy and lobbying for the rights of tribals and dalits at divisional and state levels

Target Groups

Tribal and dalit communities of Bundelkhand area

Thematic Areas

  • Influencing policy and advocacy
  • Women empowerment and SHG to meet basic needs
  • Improved local self governance

Coverage Area

Sl. District Block Villages
1. Lalitpur Madawara 42
2. Mahoba Jaitpur 53
3. Hamirpur Maudaha 21
4. Banda Naraini 30
5. Banda Mahuwa 30
6. Chitrakoot Chitrakoot 42
7. Chitrakoot Manikpur 39
Total 05 07 257

Achievements till March 2006

Policy Advocacy

  • Possession of 1,798 acre land valued at Rs 5.61 crore (Rs 56.10 million) given to 629 families
  • Rs 13.88 lakh (Rs 1.39 families) and 203 quintals grains given as wages to 1,429 families for various physical works under the project
  • 102 pregnant women and 1,913 children immunised
  • Increase in understanding of target communities on various government schemes, awareness about their rights and confidence level.
  • Target communities have started to go to administrative officials for solution of their problems
  • Community has started to raise its voice against exploitation in an organised way
  • Community starts to pressurise local feudal powers, kotedars (fair price shop owners), private contractors and development workers
  • Sensitisation of media and administration
  • Empowered local community based organisations
  • Increase in participation of the target communities in workshops, meetings, etc.

Women Empowerment

  • 314 SHGs formed. Of these 286 are of exclusively females, 26 exclusively of males and two mixed ones
  • Accounts of 258 SHGs (224 females, 22 males and two mixed) opened in banks. Total savings Rs 11.15 lakh (females Rs 10.44 lakh, males Rs 60,000 and mixed Rs 10,000)
  • Inter-loaning going on in 224 groups
  • Micro enterprise set up by 430 group members
  • 43 Chingari groups (federation of SHGs) formed
  • Spirit of organisation has been strengthened
  • Increased awareness among women towards their rights
  • Income generating programme has been promoted
  • Women have started to write applications to officials seeking redressal of their problems
  • Illiterate women of the SHGs are becoming literate
  • Decreased incidence of women exploitation
  • Development of the understanding among SHG members on CCL process

Panchayati Raj

  • In collaboration with the panchayats, 1,314 children given scholarship, 2,796 families ration cards, 274 persons pension, 45 families new pattas and 259 families Indira Awas. Apart from these, 23 families were extended benefits under various welfare schemes of the government. A total of 47 hand pumps were installed and 357 were re-bored
  • Capacity of the Panchayat Representatives increased
  • Large number of oriented and sensitised people elected to the panchayats in the last elections
  • Participation of the target communities increased in the meetings of the gram panchayat and gram sabha
  • Intervention of the target communities increased in the decision-making process of gram sabha and gram panchayat
  • Participation of women increased in the panchayat meetings
  • About 47 per cent women have been elected in the panchayat election
  • Initiatives for issues of the welfare of community by panchayat representatives


PACS (Poorest Area Civil Society) Programme, supported by DFID (Department for International Development), UK Government


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