OUR STORY

A Silent Revolution in Uttar Pradesh

RGMVP

Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana (RGMVP) is the flagship poverty reduction programme of the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), which was established to commemorate and take forward the vision of India’s former Prime Minister for the country’s development.

2002
WORK BEGINS

Women's SHG formation begins in Raebareli and Sultanpur districts of Uttar Pradesh

2007
STRATEGY EVOLVES

New strategy evolves into Three-Tier Model of SHGs in partnership with NABARD and SERP

2009
FIRST PHASE

First phase of scale-up plan initiated with the nurturing of social capital for SHG mobilisation

2010
HEALTH PROGRAMME

SHG scope modified by layering Health program with UNICEF to save newborns & mothers

2012
BMGF PARTNERSHIP

Collaboration with Gates Foundation to improve behaviour change and health indicators

2013
ONE MILLION

Milestone of bringing One Million women & household under the systematic pipeline of SHGs

2015
NEW THEORY

Developed new Theory of Change based on practice and empirical evidence generated

2016
MORE INNOVATION

Introduced innovative agriculture programs to double incomes of small & marginal farmers

WHY UTTAR PRADESH

 Uttar Pradesh alone accounts for 20% of the poor in India and an
estimated 9% of the poor worldwide.

16%
Most Populous State

Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in the India accounting for 16% of the entire population.

73
Total Working Force

The primary sector in Uttar Pradesh still sustains an estimated 73% of the total working force.

25
Low Birth Weight

It is estimated that a staggering 25% of all babies born in Uttar Pradesh have low birth weights.

Human Development Challenges

Uttar Pradesh (UP) performs poorly on several human development indicators, lagging behind on health, nutrition, education and women’s empowerment. According to the National Human Development Report prepared by the Planning Commission in 2001, UP ranks 13 out 15 of the most underdeveloped and impoverished states in India.

HIGH IMR & MMR

71 out of 1,000 born die before age one. MMR is 63% higher than national average.

LOW LITERACY

UP lags behind India avg. of 74% with rate of 70%. Female rate is lower at 59%.

HIERARCHICAL SOCIETY

Caste and Class system perpetuates cycle of poverty and denies rights & entitlements.

GENDER INEQUALITIES

Discriminatory practices severely restricts women’s mobility and decision-making.

Literacy Rates in India

According to the 2011 Census, the Literacy rate of Uttar Pradesh is 71%. Male literacy is at 79%, while it is only 59% for the Females. This is well below the national average of 74% (82% for men and 65% for women). Low literacy, compounded by high levels of poverty is especially detrimental to women, who already suffer from gender inequality in a deeply patriarchal society rife with discriminatory norms and practices.

Kerala 0
Uttar Pradesh 0
UP Male Literacy 0
UP Female Literacy 0