CINI’s overarching aim is to enable poor people, women and children to take control of their lives and share in sustainable development. We are active in deprived communities, both in villages and low-income urban settlements, and seek to break the vicious cycle of poverty, malnutrition, ill-health, illiteracy, abuse and violence, affecting in particular children and women. Our initial focus on health and nutrition has grown further in the areas of education and child protection. Our method is to converge sectoral interventions at the level of the family and the community. We adopt a human rights-based approach in strengthening local governance actors, such as rural Panchayat Institutions and Urban Local Bodies, service providers, such a health personnel and teachers, and adult and child community representatives, to use available resources and identify local solutions. Our programmes span project development and implementation, evaluation, network building, training and capacity development, to serve marginalised communities and contribute to government policy and programmes.