The Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) Government of Telangana is a sensitive supportive structure to facilitate social mobilization of rural poor women in 30 rural districts. It works by building and nurturing Self Help Groups (SHGs) of women and their federations. SERP works on a comprehensive multi dimensional poverty alleviation strategy by focusing on
- Building strong / sustainable institutions for the poor,
- Financial Access - Leveraging resources through commercial banks,
- Livelihood value chain - sustainable and diversified livelihoods,
- Human Development value chain - and
- Accessing social safety nets and entitlements.
At present there are 45,60,518 SHG members in 4,35,364 SHGs organized into 18,397 Village Organizations (VOs), 554 Mandal Samakhyas (MSs) and 30 Zilla Samakhyas (ZSs). This network of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) helped leverage and promote financial inclusion, which was then expanded to include land based livelihoods, skills training, livelihoods support, access to Government Programmes and initiatives to improve health and education outcomes.
The day-to-day management of the Organization is Carried out by the CEO and his/her team of Officers. The functions, Programs and their relationship is illustrated below. The top decision making activities are carried out in the State Project Management Unit headed by the CEO and State project Directors and other functional specialists as indicated.At the district level there is a District Project Management Unit ,headed by a Project Director, (District Rural Development Agency) assisted by functional specialists.PD,DRDA implements all the programs of IKP at the district level under the overall guidance and support of the district collector.