Support to Operationalization of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme

What is the Project About

What is the project about
Photo: Shashank Jayaprasad/UNDP India

In partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, the project aims to address some of the challenges in implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the world’s largest employment guarantee scheme.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What have we accomplished so far
Photo: Shashank Jayaprasad/UNDP India
  • Technical expertise provided to the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has informed policymakers at national level and implementers at state and district levels

  • Professional Institutional Network model comprising 37 reputable institutions established for concurrent monitoring of MGNREGP and for providing feedback to national and state governments

  • Fourteen innovation pilots in areas such as using ICT for transparency, financial inclusion, skills, livelihoods, literacy, demonstrated at village level 

  • Convergence with other government programmes enabled through support in 50 districts in partnership with 17 institutions

  • Knowledge sharing on MGNREGP’s best practices facilitated in the country and internationally

  • Effective use of ICT for transparency and rights assertion by MGNREGA workers enabled through an interactive people information system: A touch screen, sound and icon-based system for workers to enable them to exercise their rights

  • Resource materials for capacity development of workers developed

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
United Nations Development Programme US$ 5,650,000

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2012 US$ 695,956
2011 US$ 458,773

Stories of Change

India's Job Guarantee Act Emerging as a Ray of Hope in Global Meltdown

India's Job Guarantee Act Emerging as a Ray of Hope in Global Meltdown
With UNDP India’s support in implementing the job guarantee programme in Chhattisgarh, many affected by the global economic crisis, have become aware of the right to work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and how to avail this pioneering piece of legislation.

Guaranteeing Jobs, Building Sustainable Livelihoods

Guaranteeing Jobs, Building Sustainable Livelihoods
The visit of Miss Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to Bhilwara district in the western Indian state of Rajasthan shed light on several critical elements of the pioneering legislation, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

In the News

Project Overview
Status:
Closed
Project Start Date:
2008
Estimated End Date:
2012
Geographic Coverage:
National-level
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
MDG:
Goal 1 - Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
Project Officer:
Sumeeta Banerji
Partners:
Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India; IIPA; Institute for Human Development; Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability; Centre for Development Alternatives; Indian School of Women's Studies and Development; PRADAN; OneWorld, SEWA, Seva Mandir, Administrative Staff College of India, Samaj Pragati Sahyog National Film Development Corporation and a network of professional institutions
Highlights
  • The project aims to address challenges in the implementation of MGNREGA, a legislation that provides legal right of at least 100 days of employment in a year to each rural household
  • UNDP support to the Technical Cell at the Ministry of Rural Development and a Professional Network of Institutions has enabled greater focus on accountability, transparency and operationalizing demand-driven legal guarantee provisions
  • Fourteen innovation pilots on the use of ICTs demonstrated at village level
  • Effective use of ICT for transparency and rights assertion by MGNREGA workers enabled through an interactive people information system 
  • Knowledge sharing on MGNREGP’s best practices facilitated in the country and internationally
  • Resource materials for capacity development of workers developed