Capacity Development for Local Governance

What is the Project About

what is the project about

In partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, the project aims to strengthen the capacities of elected representatives and officials, institutions and processes at various levels to improve service delivery through training, networking and knowledge sharing.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What Have We Accomplished So Far
  • Significant increase in the number of elected representatives that have received training, which in turn, has facilitated better local governance

  • Policy support provided to the Government of India in the form of contributions to the working group on rural governance established for the 12th Five-Year Plan

  • State-specific strategies for capacity development of elected representatives prepared for the seven UN focus states based on in-depth capacity assessments

  • State governments supported in preparing action plans for training; fostering partnership with NGOs for increasing outreach of training programmes; preparing training resources; developing a cadre of trainers and developing a comprehensive database of basic statistics on training of elected representatives

  • Policy and research support provided to the Ministry on a range of subjects such as studying the feasibility of establishing a National Institute for Panchayati Raj and developing a guidebook for outsourcing of training programmes

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
United Nations Development Programme US$ 4,500,000

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2012 US$ 883,690
2011 US$ 803,702

Stories of Change

A Space for Women’s Voices: Unique Gram Sabhas in Madhya Pradesh Empower Women

A Space for Women’s Voices: Unique Gram Sabhas in Madhya Pradesh Empower Women
UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj is developing capacities of elected women representatives from Umaria district, Madhya Pradesh in local governance; generating awareness of both men and women on gender issues, helping communities secure access to entitlements and improving information on agricultural practices and sanitation facilities in the district.

UNDP Enhancing Women’s Role and Participation in Governance

UNDP Enhancing Women’s Role and Participation in Governance
To empower elected women representatives, several initiatives supported by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, such as trainings, workshops, exposure visits are helping women bring socio-political change in the communities.

State Level Resources

Events

Consultation on Developing Human Resources for Strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions
Photo: UNDP India

Consultation on Developing Human Resources for Strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions
19 November 2013, New Delhi - 
A consultation to share best practices on personnel recruitment at local government level aimed at strengthening the capacity of panchayati raj institutions and training institutions was organized on 19 November 2013.

In the News

Project Overview
Status:
Ongoing
Project Start Date:
2008
Estimated End Date:
2012
Geographic Coverage:
Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
MDG:
All MDG Goals
Project Officer:
Ritu Mathur
Partners:
Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India
Highlights
  • The project aims to strengthen panchayati raj institutions to enable them to perform effectively
  • UNDP support to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj since 2008 has enabled a significant increase in the number of elected representatives that received training, which in turn has facilitated better local governance
  • Partnerships with state governments has enabled first-ever panchayati raj capacity development training strategies
  • UNDP pioneered an outsourced capacity building model in Odisha, an innovative approach that is now being replicated nationally
  • Support to states helped them assess their own capacities for extensive and effective training for improving local governance
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