Reaching the Poor: The Influence of Policy and Administrative Processes on the Implementation of Government Poverty Schemes in India

This study was conceived within the frame of a wider study on the diversification of rural livelihoods in India. The wider study aims to identify what policy initiatives might better support the poor in their search for enhanced livelihoods. This paper focuses on the first prerequisite of any government poverty-reduction scheme, namely that the funds allocated for the scheme actually reach the intended beneficiaries.