India Secures World Bank Aid to Expand Coverage of Rural Livelihoods Scheme

    The World Bank is providing a $1 billion credit to ensure the success of India’s National Rural Livelihoods Mission. NRLM is regarded as one of the world’s largest poverty reduction initiatives, with its goal to reach 350 million people or nearly a quarter of India’s population.

    The credit will support additional investments in livelihood projects in 12 poverty-stricken states in India: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. These states are home to nearly 85 percent of India’s rural poor.

    The project targets the formation of institutions catering to the rural poor such as self-help groups and federations of such groups at village, cluster, block and district levels, and strengthening of their capacity to address livelihood needs. It will also invest in the development of a management information system that will help the national and state-level rural livelihood mission management units to monitor the overall performance of these self-help groups and federations.

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