The initial geographical focus of BRLF is the Central Indian Adivasi belt, centered on sub-districts with more than 20% tribal population in 1077 sub-districts across 190 districts in the 9 States – Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telegana and West Bengal.

The initial focus is on sub-districts because Adivasis in India (outside of the North-East) tend to be concentrated in sub-districts rather than districts. In order to ensure that the development and governance process becomes truly inclusive and its benefits reach the tribals, a focus on sub-districts is essential.

BRLF along with its CSO partners is determined to transform the lives of tribal people living in 1077 sub-districts through comprehensive programmes and collaborative efforts.