Poor, vulnerable, marginalised and/or socially excluded population groups are relevant to this call. Within these populations those suffering the highest levels of poverty and socio-economic exclusion are priority targets.
In terms of geographical focus, this call for proposals proposes to use the 2009-2010 list of Backward Districts of the Backward Regions Grants Fund (BRGF) published on the website of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Intervention can take place in any of the districts on the list. There is no State restriction.
The key priority cross-cutting theme of this call is gender. Fighting gender-based discrimination related to safe drinking water and sanitation, as well as health and livelihood should be addressed by the project strategies and tracked through gender-disaggregated data to demonstrate progress or recurrent challenges.
Additional cross-cutting issues contributing to the achievement of the global objective of poverty reduction are: promotion of human rights, democracy, good governance, the rights of children and indigenous peoples’ rights, environmental sustainability and combating HIV/AIDS. Wherever relevant, actions have to clearly demonstrate how these issues have and will be taken into account in their design, implementation and monitoring. At the same time, principles such as empowerment, participation, non-discrimination of vulnerable groups and accountability must also be adequately taken into account.