CSO Partners

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The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) programme worked with 90 Civil Society Organisation (CSO) partners across seven States to help socially excluded groups to claim their rights and entitlements more effectively. Some of the CSO partners worked with other CSO networks to deliver their projects and so, in total, PACS worked with 225 CSO partners – 90 core partners and 135 network partners.

Rooted in communities across seven States

The 90 CSO partners and 135 network partners were spread across the seven States in which PACS worked – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. 58% of the partners were led by a person belonging to a socially excluded group.

The projects run by these CSOs covered 90 districts, 517 blocks and 22,404 villages. They worked on these projects with 23,206 Community Based Organisations (CBOs) who were rooted in their communities and were instrumental in helping PACS to effectively reach and interact with socially excluded communities in order to support them to claim their rights and entitlements more effectively.

Grants to CSO partners

PACS provided its CSO partners with project-specific grants to effectively raise and address issues of social exclusion at the grassroots, district and state levels.

The projects that the CSOs delivered focused on the PACS key themes:

  • Helping socially excluded communities to improve their access to sustainable livelihoods (through the MGNREGA employment scheme, forest rights, land rights, inclusive livelihood models and skills training)
  • Supporting socially excluded communities to claim their rights to basic services (through government education and health and nutrition schemes).

Capacity building and networking support

As well as providing grants to CSO partners, PACS committed to invest in and strengthen these organisations (and the CBOs that they were linked to) by providing a range of training opportunities and networking events to help them to develop their capacity.

This capacity building work was part of the PACS plan to leave a lasting legacy of empowered communities and organisations who 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 with partners.

How the CSO partners were selected

CSOs selected by PACS were identified through a rigorous grant application process between December 2009 and February 2012.

Find out more about the grant application and selection process.

Partner information

You can find out more about each of the 90 core partners on the "Our Partners" section of our website where you can search for partners by theme or by State, and find out what they did.

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