Women's Participation and Decentralization

In South Asia, policymakers are promoting decentralization as a panacea for many of the ills afflicting society, as well as a means to improve service delivery and involve a greater percentage of the population in governance. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj was set up in India in 2005 to devolve funds, functionaries and functions (the three Fs as they are called) to Panchayati Raj institutions. However, the central government will not sanction the devolution of funds until a state submits an annual plan, which is actually a consolidation of plans drawn up at the gram, taluk and district levels. It remains to be seen how elected officials will cope with this new responsibility.

This project will track the participation of women in the process, and offer specific interventions to strengthen their inclusion. It will also endeavor to identify additional action that might be required in terms of information, law, exposure and organization in order to ensure that women's voices are heard.

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Project status


Start Date

Friday, May 4, 2007

End Date

Thursday, September 18, 2008


12 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 41,000


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

Project Leader

Ahalya S. Bhat


Singamma Sreenivasan Foundation

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