100 million of the poorest live in 112 districts that have the lowest human development indicators, are fraught with unique locale-specific complex challenges creating barriers to access basic facilities of water, health, and education. The Aspirational Districts Transformation Program, a path breaking initiative of the Government of India, has prioritized development of these 112 districts - called Aspirational Districts, so that all players can collaboratively aspire to improve the indicators.
Aspirational Districts Collaborative, a flagship initiative of NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation, aims to fast-track & support the government to uplift the lives of 100 million people in 112 Aspirational Districts through hyperlocal collaboration and last mile convergence.
The Collaborative has already started addressing the complex issues in 112 Aspirational Districts by harnessing the power of hyperlocal collaboration between local players and government, leveraging the monumental power of communities to catalyse behaviour change at scale and speed, and ensure sustainability.
All hyperlocal collaborators are bound by a shared goal of transformation in their communities through supporting the district government towards better service delivery to beneficiaries, improving education, health and other outcomes.
Collaboration: with 6000+ potential local institutional players to leverage deep community knowledge and facilitate social behaviour change. Hyperlocal collaborators include NGOs, Youth, Media, Faith Leaders, Panchayats and SHGs who can transform the lives of their communities, in close co-ordination and under the leadership of the district administration.
Convergence: strengthen inter-sectoral convergence between 12 departments at the district level, building alignment and linkages between various government programs and schemes, a significant move to strengthen governance, transform on ground delivery, enable 100% utilisation of schemes and create a firm foundation for sustainable development in these districts.
The change sparked by this audacious, larger-than-life Collaborative is already there to see and is gathering pace.
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