Convergence of Schemes and Resources can Improve Growth and Human Development Outcomes
New Delhi, 14 March 2014 - Released in New Delhi today, a new report titled Mainstreaming of Resource Convergence in Policymaking, Programme Design and Execution authored by Dr. Aruna Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary, Panchayat and Rural Development Madhya Pradesh, illustrates how convergence across sectors can be used to enhance qualitative and sustainable outcomes for development.
The Report assesses successful convergence initiatives underway in six states. These Schemes include the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Kerala; rural housing in Sikkim; collaboration among agriculture, water, rural development and forestry sectors in Chhattisgarh; horticulture in Andhra Pradesh; sanitation in Tamil Nadu and rehabilitation of beggar families in Gujarat. These remarkable model interventions illustrate the potential within these schemes to complement one another and improve the lives of people and communities.
Resource convergence aims to establish a synergy between government, NGOs, the private sector and beneficiaries in addressing the needs of the poorest communities. Since India does not have a lack of resources, the book examines convergence mechanisms that can be incorporated in policymaking, programme design and execution for optimum utilization of funds. The model includes all stakeholders such as government, non-governmental, civil society and corporate sector thinkers and philanthropists as part of the resource-convergence strategy.
Mr. B.K. Chaturvedi, Member, Planning Commission, said “With convergence, two plus two will equal six, not four.”
Dr Aruna Sharma, author of the Report said, “A development agenda aimed at sustainability can be achieved through convergence.”
The Report also examines how Madhya Pradesh created a single conduit for delivering entitlements of several schemes and departments to the beneficiaries under its Samruddhi Model of Financial Inclusion leading to resource efficiency and better outcomes.
Speaking at the launch of the publication, Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative said, “With some of the most progressive and impressive development programmes in the world, convergence between them holds out the promise of greater effectiveness and efficiency, and therefore greater impact.”
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