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
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.