Nabarangpur district is situated in the south-western part of Odisha state. The district came into being with effect from 2nd October 1992 carved out from erstwhile Koraput district. Boundaries of the district stretch in the north to Raipur and west to Bastar district of Chhatisgarh. The east side of Nabarangpur touches Kalahandi and Rayagada districts and south to the Koraput district. The river Indravati is the border between Nabarangpur and Koraput district. Nabarangpur district covers an area of 5294 sq km. It is situated at 20.3 to 17.5 latitude (North) and 81.27 to 84.1 East longitudes (East). The administrative headquarters of the district is located at Nabarangpur town. Nabarangpur has an ancient tradition of art & culture. Widely performed dances are folk dance like Rinjodi, Dhemsa, Sailodi, Gond and Ghumura. Maa Bhandargharini is the presiding deity of Nabarangpur. Villagers of a small village named Pendra near Umerkote worship goddess Pendrani. Nabarangpur district comprises of one sub division, 10 tahsils and 10 blocks and 2 municipalities. As per 2011 census, Nabarangpur district has a population of 12,20,946. More than ten tribes live in the district covering half of the population. Sex ratio of Nabarangpur district is 1018.
Several initiatives towards women empowerment have been undertaken by Mission Shakti. During the financial year 2016-17, 5716 SHGs have received financial assistance amounting to Rs.5,71,60,000 under SHG revitalization programme. Since April 2017, 10852 SHGs have been formed and seed money have been provided to 10,494 SHGs at the rate of Rs.15000/-per group amounting to be Rs.15,74,10,000. 7473 existing groups have been supported under Digital Empowerment fund amounting to Rs.2,24,19,000. Women SHG are also being empowered through various training programmes and tagged with Government programmes / schemes.