Samarthan, in the course of its continuous engagement in the field, is able to develop vibrant and replicable models of good governance. These models demonstrate capacities of Panchayats in management of water and sanitation, effective implementation of NREGA, ensuring child rights and discharge of various public services. Samarthan is directly working in 14 districts of Madhya Pradesh and 4 districts of Chhattisgarh to develop and scale up these models. Over the years, we have deepened our field experimentation for demonstrating models of participatory planning and citizens’ monitoring of basic public services. We engage with large scale bilateral and multi lateral programs to mainstream participatory governance and development learning on the field by designing tailor made support.
Samarthan is engaged in innovative initiatives in governance practices in Urban Local Bodies in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, with the support of Avantha Foundation. The program aims to encourage and strengthen innovations in governance practices through increased citizens’ participation and active involvement of urban administration. The programme provides a platform to the Urban Local Bodies to initiate and promote governance strengthening practices to ensure good governance and sustainable development. These efforts could be realized in terms of placing systems to improve delivery of basic services and solving governance related problems through citizens’ participation and consensus.
Samarthan has demonstrated models of Panchayats which are able to deliver rural employment effectively under NREGA. Several best practices in the scheme like preparing labor budget through community participation, conducting social audits, proper job card entries, proper record maintenance etc can be seen in these Panchayats. The model building interventions under NREGA is being undertaken in 5 Panchayats each in Panna and Sehore. To know more about social audit, visit our Social Audit
Samarthan and partner organizations helped Panchayats to adopt self disclosure guidelines, as prescribed in the RTI Act. In Madhya Pradesh, Panchayats disclosed Panchayat information to the gram Sabha members and displayed it on the walls of the Panchayat building. The data was also compiled in the form of a self disclosure document which the gram Sabha can access at any point of time. Samarthan has supported 260 Panchayats in Madhya Pradesh and 63 Panchayats in Chhattisgarh for developing Self disclosure manuals. Samarthan also facilitated formation of self disclosure documents for the Rajnandgaon block office, ICDS department, Women and Child Department and Rajnandgaon municipality. For more information, see Proactive Disclosure
Samarthan initiated a programme to promote decentralised planning in the Panchayats of Rajnandgaon and Bastar District in Chhattisgarh. Comprehensive micro plans were developed in Dongargaon and Bastar blocks of Chhattisgarh. The project “Rural Decentralization and Participatory Planning for Poverty Reduction” is a joint initiative of Government of Chhattisgarh and Samarthan and is supported by UNDP. The project seeks to demonstrate how untied funds to Panchayats can help in development of better plans at the village level.
Samarthan is working on demonstrating examples of water and sanitation management through Panchayats and Village Level Institutions in 12 villages of 6 Panchayats in Sehore district. We have created models in Manpura village and Rajukhedi Panchayat where, every house village has a toilet, drainage and roof water harvesting. Panchayat provides safe piped water supply building a system of operation and maintenance collecting taxes. Rajukhedi Panchayat was given the national ‘Nirmal Gram’ sanitation award.
Jan Sunwai or Public Hearing is a formal meeting designed to provide the public with an opportunity to express their support or opposition for any project or scheme in an open forum. Such hearings are especially useful for people living in rural areas and small towns. It gives them a platform to voice their concerns and provides for speedy justice and instant resolution. We have conducted several public hearings in the small towns of Panna, Satna, Rewa, Jabalpur and Datia to improve the implementation of various social security schemes. Through public hearings, numerous eligible candidates who were denied the benefits of these schemes were able to submit their applications and got approval instantly. The process also helped the administration to find poor and vulnerable citizens who were left out of the social safety net. For more information, see Jan Sunwai