Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) are local governance bodies that exist at the village, block and district levels across rural India. They are a constitutional body that has legal authority. PRIs have the responsibility for local governance and development. Their focus is on economic development and social justice. For all of these reasons, they are an important tool for effective local governance and for the development of rural areas.
This blended learning course, entitled Gram Panchayat Development Plan, is an extension of the support the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India has been providing to Panchayati Raj Institutions since 2014. It is intended for the members of Panchayati Raj Institutions.
The course provides an overview of the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP), which is a holistic development plan for the village, block or district that is created in a participatory manner and ensures the effective use of available resources.
The course explains how to form the planning committee that will develop the Gram Panchayat Development Plan, how to conduct a visioning exercise, how to conduct a problem analysis, how to set priorities, and how to mobilise resources for the Panchayati Raj Institution.