District Poverty Initiatives Project was launched
in July 2000, with financial assistance of the
World Bank in seven poorest districts of Rajasthan
namely Baran, Churu, Dausa, Dholpur, Jhalawar,
Rajsamand and Tonk.
The Project aims at improving the levels of
economic activity, productivity and income of
targeted 3,50,000 BPL families of 7039 villages
of seven selected districts. The project is
being implemented through Non Government Organizations
(NGO) by forming Common Interest Groups (CIGS)
and allowing them to select and implement a
sub-project of economic/social benefit. These
sub-projects may be of community Infrastructures,
Land Based, Social Services or Income Generating
the last few years have seen a number of powerful
and innovative thrusts towards community empowerment,
local self Government and decentralization of
decision-making especially at the grass roots
level. A number of lessons have been learnt.
from the successes and problems of these efforts.
DPIP consolidates these lessons and evolves
a philosophy for development that builds around
ideas such as