Strengthening Capacities of Panchayati Raj Institutions

What is the Project About

Strengthening Capacities of Panchayati Raj InstitutionsPhoto: UNDP India

The project aims to strengthen the functioning of panchayats through better implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) at national and state levels. RGPSA is a scheme of the Government of India that aims to enhance the capacities of panchayats and gram sabhas; and enable democratic decision making in panchayats.

Development So Far

Strengthening Capacities of Panchayati Raj InstitutionsPhoto: UNDP India

A consultation on developing human resources for strengthening panchayati raj institutions as part of RGPSA was held on 19 November 2013.



Planned Activities



  • Strengthening RGPSA division on issues such as finance; gram sabhas’ mobilization; Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA); natural resource management and livelihoods; institutional development and civic services

  • Developing capacities of the faculty of state panchayat resource centres and district resource centres

  • Developing information packets on the role of PRIs in social sector programmes

  • Engaging grassroots-level organizations and leading resource institutions in activities aimed at strengthening the capacities of panchayati raj institutions

  • Building institutional mechanisms for strengthening the capacities of mobilizers who are responsible for effective functioning of the gram sabhas in Schedule V areas of the Constitution of India

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
United Nations Development Programme US$ 1,250,000


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2015 US$ 277,330.98
2014 US$ 259,244
2013 US$ 28,904