Closing DateJul 25 2021
Request for Proposal: Scoping Study
Opportunities for Engaging PRI Members on Health and Nutrition in Covid Rebuild Processes
Across India, the pro-active response of Panchayats during the COVID crisis is being recognized, both in terms of supporting the health system and in community awareness creation and migrant management. Fueled by the trust of their communities and their local and nuanced understanding, these local institutions can play a pivotal role in governance and well-being of communities. What is critical now more than ever is the need to strengthen the capacities of PRI members to deliver on the multiple responsibilities vested in them. Additionally, evidence also shows that reservation for women at the Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) level significantly increases their influence on policy decisions of local government and that women elected under reservation invest more in public goods that are more reflective of women’s policy priorities, such as RMNCH, (Chattopadhyay and Duflo 2004; (Duflo and Topalova 2004). Research suggests better ground outcomes, especially on health, education, water, sanitation and nutrition, as women leaders gather more experience and engage more meaningfully. Thus, a systematic investment for strengthening capacity of the Elected Representatives of Panchayats (ERs) and, most importantly, women leaders is likely to yield long term socio-economic benefits for the communities they represent and live in.
As we navigate SDGs in a post COVID era, it becomes important to re-catalyze local governance structures in building community resilience/improving development outcomes of the communities especially with the impact of the pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis.
RATIONALE FOR THE STUDY
Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3) has a tested model of equipping Elected Women Representatives (EWR) with leadership skills and capacity building on RMNCH and Nutrition services, that amplifies their voice, participation and leadership skills to prioritise health and nutrition and other basic services in their constituencies using an accountability approach. This model has been used over three rounds of PRI elections in Bihar and is being scaled up in Uttar Pradesh in partnership with the state government. Going forward, C3 is exploring opportunities to further refine this model factoring in policy opportunities in order to ensure capacity building of Elected Representatives from Panchayats, men and women, so that they actively engage in bottom up planning via the GPDP processes and ensure budgeting and implementation in their constituencies.
The MoPR has brought out elaborate Model Guidelines for GPDP, which laid down the framework for State governments and GPs to operationalize GP level planning. More recently the 15th Finance Commission recommends resources directly to PRI can be leveraged to address covid management locally. C3 will be conducting a scoping study to identify potential opportunities and platform to scale up work with elected PRI representatives.
Objective of the Scoping Study:
Duration of the study: up to 30 days
Interested agencies/individual consultant may send a short proposal including draft design and sampling methodology, and budget to email@example.com by 5.30 pm on Sunday, 25th July 2021.
Please mention “PRN/P071/2021-22/003” on the subject line of email.