The Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) has its roots in the need to address significant developmental disparities among districts across India. It was launched in January 2018, as a transformative initiative to uplift districts that were lagging behind in key socio-economic indicators. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the programme during his Republic Day address, aiming to accelerate the development of these underperforming districts.

This report not only provides an early assessment of the ADP, but also has the potential to catalyse action throughout India. By focusing on “what works” in advancing inclusive growth and social progress, ADP has the potential to serve as a model for India’s future economic and social development strategy.

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