Scale-Up Funds

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In total the PACS programme gave out £10.65 million in scale-up funds. This money was specifically aimed at up-scaling activities that help socially excluded groups claim their rights and entitlements more effectively. The PACS programme was entirely funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Scale-up aim

The scale-up stage of the PACS programme aimed to:

  • Sustain and enhance the impact of PACS grants.
  • Enable government policies and programmes to become more responsive to socially excluded groups.
  • Increase the capacity of CSOs to address discrimination and constructively engage with the state and other institutions.
  • Support innovative models, research work and private sector engagement.
Scale-up projects

Scale-up funds were used to support strategic interventions in four main areas:

1. Capacity building and partnership

PACS was committed to invest in and strengthen its CSO partners by providing a range of training opportunities to help them to develop their knowledge, skills and capacity. It believed that investing in CSO partners, especially those headed and managed by socially excluded and marginalised groups, will help to nurture a strong and vibrant civil society in India. PACS wanted to leave a lasting legacy of empowered communities and organisations that understand their rights and entitlements and have the confidence and skills to negotiate with others to claim them.

Find out more about our capacity building work.

2. Research and analysis 

PACS funded forward-looking and proactive research to create a new body of knowledge on social exclusion and inclusive approaches. This focused on:

  • Identifying and defining the rights and entitlements of socially excluded groups.
  • Documenting the domain of discrimination and exclusion.
  • Enabling evidence-based advocacy.
  • Documenting and analysing best practices.
  • Developing guidelines and models for future action.

You can find our resources (including reports, guidelines and papers) in the Learning Zone.

3. Communication and dissemination

PACS wanted to ensure that it communicated and disseminated the lessons learnt and to mobilise public opinion on issues of discrimination and social exclusion. To do this it took forward the findings of research and analysis through proactive information, education and communication (IEC) material and toolkits and disseminated this information to key decision makers, larger civil society and the state.

Find out more from our Learning Zone.

4. Policy and programme advocacy

PACS wanted to work to reduce social exclusion and discrimination by promoting transformation in behaviour, institutional practices and policies. The advocacy component of PACS work involved working with civil society initiatives to positively influence policies and programmes in favour of socially excluded groups. It also strengthened and facilitated the networking of CSO partners with external stakeholders. In addition, PACS promoted issue-based campaigns at State level and linked them up with appropriate platforms at national level.

Find out more about our advocacy and campaigning work.


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