“To reduce poverty by enabling the poor households to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities resulting in appreciable improvement in their livelihoods on a sustainable basis, through building strong and sustainable grassroots institutions of the poor.”

NRLM Guiding Principles:
  • Poor have a strong desire to come out of poverty, and they have innate capabilities.
  • Social mobilisation and building strong institutions of the poor is critical for unleashing the innate capabilities of the poor.
  • An external dedicated and sensitive support structure is required to induce the social mobilisation, institution building and empowerment process.
  • Facilitating knowledge dissemination, skill building, access to credit, and access to marketing and access to other livelihoods services enables them to enjoy a portfolio of sustainable livelihoods.
NRLM Values:

The core values which guide all the activities under NRLM are as follows:

  • Inclusion of the poorest and meaningful role to the poorest in all the processes.
  • Transparency and accountability of all processes and institutions.
  • Ownership and key role of the poor and their institutions in all stages – planning, implementation and monitoring.
  • Community self-reliance and self- dependence.
Mission, Principles, Values

The core belief of National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) is that the poor have innate capabilities and a strong desire to come out of poverty. They are entrepreneurial, an essential coping mechanism to survive under conditions of poverty. The challenge is to unleash their capabilities to generate meaningful livelihoods and enable them to come out of poverty. The first step in this process is motivating them to form their own institutions. They and their institutions are provided sufficient capacities to manage the external environment, enabled to access finance, and to expand their skills and assets and convert them into meaningful livelihoods. This requires continuous handholding support. An external dedicated, sensitive support structure, from the national level to the sub-district level, is required to induce such social mobilisation, institution building and livelihoods promotion.