The IFIRST Consortium

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The PACS programme has been managed by the Indian Forum for Inclusive Response and Social Transformation (IFIRST) - a consortium led by Christian Aid, along with Caritas India, the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, ACCESS Development Services and the Financial Management Services Foundation.


IFIRST addresses social exclusion through research, policy and advocacy, and through programmes aimed at improving accountability and livelihood opportunities.

Together, the consortium members designed and have implemented the PACS programme. They are accountable for all PACS funding. The IFIRST consortium also serves as a secretariat to the National Advisory Board.

IFIRST Consortium members

IFIRST member organisations are internationally acclaimed for their expertise in issues relating to social exclusion and poverty in India.

Christian Aid is a UK-based international development organisation working globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. It operates through partner organisations in 40 countries and has been working in India for over 50 years, supporting civil society organisations. Visit the Christian Aid website.

Caritas India was established in 1962. It is one of the largest autonomous Indian agencies in development and humanitarian work. Its mission is to restore the dignity of the poor and socially excluded through development work, advocacy, gender equity and disaster relief and rehabilitation. Caritas India works at the grassroots level through a network of 167 partner Social Service Societies and other Associate Partners. 
Visit the Caritas India website.

Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS) is India’s leading social science research institution on social exclusion, socially excluded groups and inclusive policies. It has an international reputation for empirical and theoretical research, policy and advocacy work.
 Visit the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies website.

ACCESS Development Services is a national technical-services organisation. It works on livelihoods, micro finance and institutional capacity strengthening. It develops sustainable, scalable and replicable models of viable livelihoods.
Visit the ACCESS Development Services website.

Financial Management Services Foundation (FMSF) is a development resource organisation promoting accountability in financial, legal and governance issues in South Asia. FMSF carries out financial monitoring, consultancy, assessments, reviews, evaluations, training and research. 
Visit the Financial Management Services Foundation website.

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