1. DFID – UK (PACS):
The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme is an initiative of the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), aimed at reducing the gap in wellbeing status between the socially excluded groups in India and the rest of the population.
PACS aims to unlock the potential of the civil society to address social exclusion, by providing:
- Grants to CSOs, to help them assist the socially excluded people to claim their rights and entitlements.
- Capacity-building support for these CSOs, on issues ranging from financial management to policy advocacy.
- Opportunities for networking, alliance-building, communication activities and joint advocacy.
- Knowledge management by tracking the progress of programme implementation, identifying and disseminating the lessons learnt, filling operational knowledge gaps, and providing evidence for policy advocacy.
PACS work with the civil society organizations to help groups claim their rights and entitlements, by promoting inclusive policies, programmes and institutions at local, district and state levels.
PACS covers the 90 selected districts in the seven states, i.e. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
In West Bengal, PACS programme covers five districts of the total 18 districts of the state. In the four years of implementation, the five projects will cover 1419 villages, reaching directly to 1.5 million populations, focusing on scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST), Muslim, women and people with disabilities (PwD). The projects will focus on effective implementation of government programmes on health, education and livelihood, such as Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY), Midday Meal scheme (MDM), the MGNREGA and the FRA.
UNICEF promotes the rights and well being of every child. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
In its work, UNICEF takes a life-cycle based approach, recognizing the particular importance of early childhood development and adolescence. It focuses on the most disadvantaged children, including those living in fragile contexts, with disabilities, who are affected by rapid urbanization and those affected by environmental degradation.
UNICEF was created to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life. We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum. We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished and that no child should suffer or die from a preventable illness. We also work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among the young people. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.
3. Ministry of Textiles, Government of India:
The Ministry of Textiles is responsible for policy formulation, planning, development, export promotion and trade regulation of the Textiles Industry. This includes all natural and man-made cellulose fibres that go into the making of textiles, clothing, and handicrafts. The Ministry is headed by a Secretary, who is assisted in the discharge of duties by four Joint Secretaries, the Development Commissioners for Handlooms and Handicrafts, the Economic Advisor, the Textiles Commissioner and the Jute Commissioner.
The Ministry has the vision to build a state of art production capacities and achieve a pre-eminent global standing in the manufacture and export of all types of textiles, including technical textiles, jute, silk, cotton and wool. Further, also to develop a vibrant handlooms and handicrafts sector for sustainable economic development and promoting and preserving the age old cultural heritage in these sectors.