Poorest Areas Civil Society programme: India

The PACS programme in India seeks to support civil society organisations working in the most backward and poorest districts.


The purpose of the PACS programme was to build capacities of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the most backward and poorest districts of India so they can better help the poor realise their entitlements. The PACS programme concentrated on the 100 poorest districts with the lowest social, economic and political indicators across the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Maharashtra.

Initiated in 2001, PACS supported a network of CSOs working on areas aimed at increasing the capacity of poor people to demand and use political, economic and social and human rights instruments and services to improve their lives.

How to apply

Details available on the Poorest Areas Civil Society programme: India (PACS) website

Published 26 August 2014