ACCESS is a national livelihoods support organization, with focus on incubating innovations for sustainable livelihoods of the poor. With support from DFID (Govt. of UK), ACCESS was established in March 2006 as a professional new generation agency to contribute to and support poverty reduction in India.
ACCESS is uniquely structured to work at all levels of the development sector value chain, from implementing programmes on the ground, working with the Civil Society Organizations, Government Departments, Corporate Sector and Multilateral / Bilateral Agencies, and also supporting policy at the national level.
In the last decade, ACCESS has gained recognition for incubating innovations in livelihoods that has helped to move the economic lot of the poor from subsistence to sustainable levels. ACCESS works both in rural as well as in urban areas. Currently, ACCESS has 32 on-going programmes and works in 9 states in India with over 60 full time professionals in managerial positions and 240 field staff to support programme implementation.
ACCESS is structured uniquely to work at all levels of the development sector value chain. In strengthening the livelihoods of the poor for sustainable impact, ACCESS employs a three tier approach. At Tier I, ACCESS implements programmes on the ground, at Tier II it provides technical support to civil society organizations, government departments, corporate sector, and multilateral / bilateral agencies, and at Tier III it engages in national level initiatives.

ACCESS is the global partner of choice providing inclusive and innovative livelihood solutions enabling the poor to overcome poverty and live with dignity.

To build the capacity of community - based institutions that deliver relevant financial and livelihood development services to the poor and unreached households.

Over the years, gaining from its experiences and given its strong professional team, ACCESS has developed certain core competencies, which it applies to its initiatives across the spectrum. Among others, a few areas in which ACCESS has demonstrated domain strength include:
•  Ability to work at all levels of the sector
•  Ability to work at scale
•  Invest, incubate and strengthen community based institutions / models
•  Support inclusive value chains, favouring primary producers
•  Build local capacities (capacity building of capacity builders)
•  Positioned as a gateway agency between the poor and the markets
•  Develop “lift and shift” models
•  Advisory & Techno-managerial
•  Services & Building capacity of
•  Capacity Builders
•  Subsector Interventions; building
•  "Inclusive" Value Chains
•  Identify and incubate innovation