Underdevelopment, poor infrastructure and limited natural resources place Eastern Uttar Pradesh low on the development index. The predominantly rural population depends on agriculture for subsistence, but erratic irrigation due to alternating floods and droughts and exploitative market systems make agriculture a low-profitable venture. Oppressive social systems add to the factors that have stymied development in the region.
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts recognised that civil society engagement and strengthening is the engine which would drive development projects in the region. The Trusts initiated the Eastern Uttar Pradesh Programme with the institutional collectivisation of rural women. The programme now undertakes developmental work in the region in the focus areas of rural livelihoods, natural resource management, and education and health, with active participation from women. Viable partnerships have been formed with NGOs and other stakeholders with proven institutional and programmatic capabilities to undertake systematic development work.
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