The National Platform to Promote Decentralisation (NPPD) is an attempt to tap and consolidate the various initiatives in local governance in the realm of democratic decentralisation by individuals, governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as international donors operating in India. The NPPD encompasses both action-oriented interventions as well as commissioned research studies to map, identify and document the best practices on the issues of decentralisation and devolution, and capacity building initiatives with regard to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).
[spoiler]The Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR), Government of India and the National Institute for Rural Development (NIRD) have helped by providing the vision and suggestions for taking the platform forward. The Ford Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) offices in India have partnered with The Hunger Project in setting up and facilitating the NPPD. Currently, the Secretariat for the NPPD is housed at The Hunger Project.
The Hunger Project India formally launched the National Platform to Promote Decentralisation (NPPD) in New Delhi in November 2008. This first National Consultation meeting was organised in partnership with the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad. There were more than 30 participants who included representatives from civil society groups, academia and government, multilateral and bilateral agencies such as The Ford Foundation, United Nations Development Programme, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation.
The objective of the NPPD is to create a forum which brings together stakeholders, consolidate past and current learning, share experiences and insights on decentralisation and create a mechanism through which existing expertise can be used towards systemic reforms that would strengthen the voice of the poor within governance.
National and State level dialogues are being facilitated to deliberate and build common advocacy strategies based on the issues of decentralisation / devolution and capacity building with regard to the PRIs. Simultaneously, short-term studies and adjunct interventions are being co-ordinated by the NPPD Secretariat. These are being conducted by researchers and are based on the themes of: (a) Effective capacity building of elected representatives, (b) Devolution and decentralised planning experiences with respect to PRIs, and (c) Impediments to implementation of the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act.