From Opportunities to Capacities: A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Enhancing Gender Responsive Governance

Output2: Capacity Building

To review Capacity Development Frameworks and Approaches at the National Level

In the sphere of capacity building, the idea has been to train the topmost tier of trainers in rural development, namely, NIRDPR faculty. NIRDPR has the mandate of conducting training programmes in different development sectors/programmes/policies with senior level Government officials, SIRD faculty (who in turn train the next level of trainers in the state), elected members of State Assembly along with district/block or Panchayat level functionaries. Training NIRDPR faculty in GRG contributes to mainstreaming gender in training curriculum of NIRDPR and this has a multiplier effect on vast number of people involved with governance across the nation. The project has conducted three intensive training programmes including follow up with all the faculty of NIRDPR on issues such as conceptual framework of gender, gender and development, gender budgeting, gender in planning and monitoring and gender in governance.

As a result, the faculty have already demonstrated key changes in their curriculum. Initially, the Director General, NIRDPR had mandated the inclusion of a gender module in every training programme conducted at NIRDPR. The training in GRG has enabled faculty to look at gender as a cross cutting theme in all their modules. There have been instances, for example of the restructuring of a course (post graduate diploma in rural management) to incorporate much more intensive issues of gender and governance. The Centre for Panchayati Raj has introduced an entire course on gender and governance as part of its training curriculum. Many of the centres are beginning to appreciate that gender is not a separate chapter in their training and research but an integral category of analysis in everything they do.

The follow up workshop with a batch of faculty after a gap of six months has served not only as a refresher course but also as an assessment of how they have applied the learnings to their trainings and research. It has also been an occasion for the faculty to come together to share and discuss their work through a gender lens.