Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Project (WORLP)
works in four districts of the east Indian State of
Orissa. The project was inaugurated in August 2000 by
the Hon'ble Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Pattanaik. Full-scale
field implementation activities began in October 2001.
The four project districts; Bargarh, Balangir,
Kalahandi and Nuapara are among the poorest
in India. Health indicators are poor, there is a shortage
of safe drinking water and drought recurs regularly.
Inequitable social structures, distorted land distribution,
indebtedness, and gender and other inequities contribute
to the widespread poverty in western Orissa and
impede access by poor and marginalised people to resources.
Supporting new patterns of rural development, WORLP
contributes to reducing poverty by promoting livelihoods
initiatives for the poorest. The livelihoods approach
adopted by WORLP focuses on building, and working
with, people's existing strengths and resources. The
approach is about informing, enabling, initiating and
empowering appropriate choices for long-term well
being. It involves all sections of rural society
across caste, class, gender and other divides.
WORLP, a Government of Orissa initiative, is
managed by the Orissa Watershed Development Mission.
It is a joint venture of the Government of Orissa and
DFID - the UK Department for International Development.
Technical assistance to the project is provided by
NR International of