Nearly 250 million people in India live below the poverty line, and the situation is especially dire for the 100 million people residing in 112 Aspirational Districts. These districts are characterized by compounded complexities, such as being tribal-dominated, flood-prone, with challenging geographic terrains, and a significant portion of the population earning less than Rs 5,000 per month. The Piramal Foundation in partnership with NITI Aayog has been working in 25 Aspirational Districts in 7 States to improve the indicators in health and education. A study conducted by the Institute for Competitiveness, an affiliate of Harvard Business School, shows that 4 of the top 5 districts most improved in education and 3 of the top 10 districts most improved in health are supported by Piramal Foundation.
ADC’s two-pronged approach is based on collaboration and convergence. ADC provides a platform to enable local entities to work collectively to transform the lives of their communities, in close coordination and under the leadership of the district administration. It engages local NGOs, colleges, media, faith leaders, self-help groups, and Panchayat Samitis to drive behaviour change and promote convergence at the district level. ADC aims to bring together 6000+ hyperlocal collaborators in 112 Aspirational Districts, on one platform.
The key pillars of convergence include identifying and building forums, influencing the utilisation of funds, building the capacity of functionaries, and setting in place convergence among 10 key ministries to ensure 100% utilisation of welfare schemes. By working collaboratively and promoting convergence, ADC is committed to strengthening governance, transforming on-ground delivery, and creating a firm foundation for sustainable development in these districts.