The main goal of the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) programme was to reduce the welfare gap between socially excluded groups and the rest of the population by helping socially excluded communities to claim their rights and entitlements more effectively.
In order to achieve this goal, PACS concentrated on the following:
Strengthening its 225 Civil Society Organisation (CSO) partners to prioritise and work on issues that affect socially excluded groups - these partners successfully worked in 90 districts, 517 blocks and 22,404 villages across the seven PACS States, reaching 9.62 million people.
Ensuring that socially excluded groups are better represented and have a greater voicein committees (at village, block and district level), in CSOs and in government bodies - 93.3% of the 23,206 Community Based Organisations (CBOs) that PACS supported were led by a person from a socially excluded group and 95.2% of the 351,926 CBO members were from socially excluded groups.
Ensuring that civil society works to make service providers more responsive and accountableto socially excluded groups - 4835 advocacy meetings with government officials were held, 1804 advocacy meetings with other stakeholders were organised and 736 recommendations were made to remove barriers and constraints in service delivery.
Widely disseminating learningfrom the programme - the resources created under PACS are accessible for all on the Learning Zone.
A lasting legacy for all
PACS has left a legacy of 23,206 Community Based Organisations in 90 districts, 517 blocks and 22,404 villages that understand their rights and entitlements and have the confidence and skills to negotiate with others to claim them.
Furthermore, in the seven States where PACS was working, it helped to establish authorities that are accountable to all their citizens, societies in which lessons and responsibility for change are shared and communities in which all have the opportunity to interact freely and productively with others and to determine the course of their own economic and social development.