Strengthened Village Institutions & Convergence with panchayats, and community cadres enable stronger self-governance by communities

The different interventions and programmes under Village Institutions & Convergence sought to advance gender equity in the leadership of village development committees (VDCs), and increase transparency and accountability of the institution towards households. We renewed our emphasis on strengthening the VDCs and engaging self help groups to develop Village Poverty Reduction Plans (VPRP). Our interventions sensitised villagers, VDC leaders, and elected PRI members to equip them to demand their rights and include VPRP in the Gram Panchayat Development Plan. We identified and trained a cadre of Village Lekha Mitra for supporting VDCs to maintain their records and registers and reconcile the VDC book of accounts. We developed a comprehensive protocol on Cadre Management for the VDCs to select, build capacities, and monitor the performance of community cadres.