This Life at Bundelkhand presents the situational analysis of five districts of northern Madhya Pradesh, namely Chhatarpur, Datia, Panna, Satna and Tikamgarh. Conducted in mid-1998, it aims to assess the geographical, political,economic and socio-cultural climate of the selected districts apart from identifying the existing base of Non-Government Organisations, potential groups and credible individuals in the region.
Bundelkhand in M.P. is hardly on the NGO- map, given the present scenario. It is not that this region has never had voluntarism in its society. Voluntarism was there in it since the beginning and existing traditional water resource management systems, including that of Chandeli ponds, are the testimony
The state has the population of 66.18 million in 1991 and land size of 443446 sq.kms. Thus
the state has 8% of the country’s population and 14% of the country’s land area. MP is the
largest state of India in terms of its area and sixth in terms of population. The literacy
average is 44.20% with female literacy being as low as 28.85%. The decadal population
growth rate of the state is 26.8% which is almost 2.9% higher than the national average.