Support to Operationalization of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme

What is the Project About

What is the project aboutPhoto: Shashank Jayaprasad/UNDP India

In partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, the project aims to address some of the challenges in implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the world’s largest employment guarantee scheme.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What have we accomplished so farPhoto: Shashank Jayaprasad/UNDP India
  • Technical expertise provided to the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has informed policymakers at national level and implementers at state and district levels

  • Professional Institutional Network model comprising 37 reputable institutions established for concurrent monitoring of MGNREGP and for providing feedback to national and state governments

  • Fourteen innovation pilots in areas such as using ICT for transparency, financial inclusion, skills, livelihoods, literacy, demonstrated at village level 

  • Convergence with other government programmes enabled through support in 50 districts in partnership with 17 institutions

  • Knowledge sharing on MGNREGP’s best practices facilitated in the country and internationally

  • Effective use of ICT for transparency and rights assertion by MGNREGA workers enabled through an interactive people information system: A touch screen, sound and icon-based system for workers to enable them to exercise their rights

  • Resource materials for capacity development of workers developed

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
United Nations Development Programme US$ 5,650,000

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2012 US$ 695,956
2011 US$ 458,773

Stories of Change

India's Job Guarantee Act Emerging as a Ray of Hope in Global Meltdown

India's Job Guarantee Act Emerging as a Ray of Hope in Global Meltdown
With UNDP India’s support in implementing the job guarantee programme in Chhattisgarh, many affected by the global economic crisis, have become aware of the right to work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and how to avail this pioneering piece of legislation.

Guaranteeing Jobs, Building Sustainable Livelihoods

Guaranteeing Jobs, Building Sustainable Livelihoods
The visit of Miss Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to Bhilwara district in the western Indian state of Rajasthan shed light on several critical elements of the pioneering legislation, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

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