Aspirational Districts Collaborative aims to uplift 100 million people living in abject poverty in 112 Aspirational Districts

"The measure of a country's greatness should be based on how well it cares for its most vulnerable populations” – M.K Gandhi

The Collaborative

Accelerating transformation in 112 Districts across 26 states

Aspirational Districts Collaborative (ADC), a flagship initiative of NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation was established to address complex demographic, geographic and socio economic issues within 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.

By bringing together the voices of community leaders, the energy of volunteers, the grit of committed citizens, and the ownership of local governments, the change sparked by this audacious, larger-than-life Collaborative is already there to see and is gathering pace.

ADC builds on the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ (TAD) program launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister and led by NITI Aayog to quickly and effectively transform districts through Convergence, Collaboration and Competition. Under this program 112 Districts were identified based on a composite index of unique challenges faced i.e poverty, poor health and nutritional outcomes, educational status, and deficient infrastructure.

Twin levers of Collaboration and Convergence.

Collaboration

Bringing together 6 sections of the community

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Convergence

Enabling inter-sectoral convergence at district level

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1,143 Blocks

Spearheading Transformation

914 NGOs

Strengthening Collaboration

30,049 Volunteers

Accomplishing on ground goals

6,000 Collaborators

NGOs, Women SHGs, Colleges, Panchayet Samiti, Local Media, and Faith Leaders

The Collaborative In Action

Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan

Protecting over 2 million Families in 112 Aspirational Districts from COVID-19

The second campaign from the Aspirational District Collaborative, Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan aims to protect 2 Million families in 112 Aspirational Districts from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 second wave.

India is witnessing the world's sharpest spike in new COVID-19 cases, and the pandemic is raging unabated in rural areas. Lack of awareness, infrastructure and deficiency of life-saving resources is putting families in Aspirational Districts at greater risk.

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112

Aspirational Districts

Andhra Pradesh

  • KADAPA
  • VISAKHAPATNAM
  • VIZIANAGARAM

Arunachal Pradesh

  • NAMSAI

Assam

  • BARPETA
  • DARRANG
  • DHUBRI
  • GOALPARA
  • HAILAKANDI
  • BAKSA
  • UDALGURI

Bihar

  • ARARIA
  • AURANGABAD
  • BANKA
  • BEGUSARAI
  • GAYA
  • JAMUI
  • KATIHAR
  • KHAGARIA
  • MUZAFFARPUR
  • NAWADA
  • PURNIA
  • SHEIKHPURA
  • SITAMARHI

Chattisgarh

  • BASTAR
  • DANTEWADA
  • KANKER
  • KORBA
  • MAHASAMUND
  • RAJNANDAGAON
  • BIJAPUR
  • NARAYANPUR
  • SUKMA
  • KONDAGAON

Gujarat

  • DAHOD
  • NARMADA

Haryana

  • NUH

Himachal Pradesh

  • CHAMBA

Jammu and Kashmir

  • BARAMULLA
  • KUPWARA

Jharkhand

  • BOKARO
  • CHATRA
  • DUMKA
  • EAST SINGHBHUM
  • GARHWA
  • GIRIDIH
  • GODDA
  • GUMLA
  • HAZARIBAG
  • LATEHAR
  • LOHARDAGA
  • PAKUR
  • PALAMU
  • RANCHI
  • SAHIBGANJ
  • SIMDEGA
  • WEST SINGHBHUM
  • KHUNTI
  • RAMGARH

Karnataka

  • RAICHUR
  • YADGIRI

Kerala

  • WAYANAD

Madhya Pradesh

  • BARWANI
  • CHHATARPUR
  • DAMOH
  • EAST NIMAR
  • GUNA
  • RAJGARH
  • VIDISHA
  • SINGRAULI

Maharashtra

  • GADCHIROLI
  • NANDURBAR
  • OSMANABAD
  • WASHIM

Manipur

  • CHANDEL

Meghalaya

  • RI BHOI

Mizoram

  • MAMIT

Nagaland

  • KIPHRIE

Odisha

  • BALANGIR
  • DHENKANAL
  • GAJAPATI
  • KALAHANDI
  • KANDHAMAL
  • KORAPUT
  • MALKANGIRI
  • NABARANGAPUR
  • NUAPARA
  • RAYAGADA

Punjab

  • FEROZEPUR
  • MOGA

Rajasthan

  • BARAN
  • DHOLPUR
  • JAISALMER
  • KARAULI
  • SIROHI

Sikkim

  • WEST DISTRICT

Tamil Nadu

  • RAMANATHAPURAM
  • VIRUDHUNAGAR

Telangana

  • ADILABAD
  • KHAMMAM
  • WARANGAL RURAL

Tripura

  • DHALAI

Uttar Pradesh

  • BAHRAICH
  • BALRAMPUR
  • CHANDAULI
  • CHITRAKOOT
  • FATEHPUR
  • SHRAVASTI
  • SIDDHARTHNAGAR
  • SONBHADRA

Uttarakhand

  • HARIDWAR
  • UDHAM SINGH NAGAR

Success Stories

Volunteer Story - Our Change Leaders, Our inspiration

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Convergence in Nandurbar District

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Unlocking Collaboration at Grassroots | Surakshit Dada-Dadi, Nana-Nani Abhiyaan

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Collaborators

NGOs

Local NGOs who have a deep understanding of their communities will lead the change under the guidance of the District Administration. They will implement onground campaigns by enlisting local youth to be “the feet on ground”

College Youth

Youth from local colleges, with a passion to lead change within their communities, will be the last mile connect with communities, and will play a key role in co-ordinating local government efforts to ensure delivery of schemes

Media Personnel

Local Journalists from Media houses with a desire to play a role in development, will engage to drive narrative and enable large scale behaviour change

Self-Help Groups

Women SHGs already engaged in issues of women, health and education will align and support district efforts, enabling community groups to stand up and take action

Panchayat Samitis

Members of Panchayat will own the agenda of community development and enable last mile convergence

Faith Leaders

Religious Leaders respected by communities will play a role in influencing attitudes and practices of communities towards improving education, health, livelihoods

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