Under the above programme, NIRD&PR is responsible for building capacity of the Elected Women Representatives in the six selected states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Rajasthan. For implementation at State level, NIRD&PR will be partnering with the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRDs) in the respective states for developing a multi modular kit based on demand assessment from the elected women representatives. Since this capacity development programme is an intensive programme to provide training of various kinds and at various levels to the women representatives, the programme is also intended to assess the training institutions in terms of their capacity to address gender concerns and governance issues. Towards this objective, NIRD&PR is to organize workshops to develop a tool for Gender Assessment of the six training institutions and enhance their capacities to address Gender concerns across the six states.

      As a premier National Institution for Research and Training, NIRD&PR has a key role in developing capacity and institutionalising modules which could provide standard gender modules for capacity building on gender for state level institutes and others. It is also expected to undertake quality research on issues of governance. To this end, one of the proposed outcomes is to promote the NIRD&PR to become a centre of excellence for training and research on issues of gender and governance.


      A Letter of Agreement to this effect was duly signed between UNIFEM and NIRD&PR at NIRD&PR, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad on 16th November, 2010. The GOI- UN Women’s Governance Programme was formally launched by the Honorable Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, ShriC.P.Joshi on 19th November 2010.

      UNIFEM and NIRD&PR signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 23rdDecember 2009 to strengthen the existing cooperation between them in jointly working towards women’s political participation for bringing about gender equality and genuine democracy.

      The MoU becomes effective from the date of signing and will be valid for an initial period of 3 years extendable to 5 years.