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Aspirational Districts Programme: What it is and what it could be
Aspirational Districts Programme: What it is and what it could be
August 20, 2021

The Aspirational Districts Program (ADP) was launched by the Government of India in 2018 to develop the most backward and deprived regions of the country in a systematic manner. It is a compilation of indicators that are aimed to increase the well-being of 115 most backward and underdeveloped districts, working under the 3C Model — Convergence (of Central and State Schemes), Collaboration (Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers and District Collectors), and healthy Competition among districts and neighbouring states across five key sectors, namely—Health & Nutrition, Education, Basic Infrastructure, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Agriculture.

What Lies Ahead
The ADP is a viable avenue for corporate entities to intervene in the social sector through CSR spend. It provides a predetermined framework to design and execute interventions, and monitor progress on sector-specific indicators. More importantly, it facilitates the routing of CSR funding – hitherto being spent on districts with already high human development indicators – to high-need districts. The scope for improvement and implementation in the ADP space is phenomenal and requires a great push from the funding perspective. As nearly all facets of the program are ideal to become a lever of change, the time to invest and look toward aspirational districts is now.

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1. Abhishek Modi – Engagement Manager, Sattva Consulting

2. Poorna M. Srinivasan – Analyst, Sattva Consulting


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