A TWO-day workshop on ‘preparation of district response plan’ on a result-based framework to maximise the benefit of children in Shivpuri was organised by UNICEF in partnership with the district administration and expertise of Indian Institute of Management- Indore (IIM-I) on the institute’s Pigdamber campus today.
According to UNICEF regional coordinator Anil Gulati the workshop was organised from Friday to help prepare district response plan to address the service gaps and aspirations of the communities that emerged through village micro plans for the benefit of children.
The purpose was to prepare district response plan following the principles of Result Based Management (RBM) approach to promote, survival, growth and development of children of the Shivpuri district.
All 661 villages in the four blocks out of eight blocks of the district have prepared their micro plans wherein they have worked out issues which impact the lives of children in their district and areas where they will need support from the line departments.
Some issues which came up during the exercise included scarcity of water, non availability of adequate livelihood opportunities, open defecation, irregular immunisation, pregnant women not receiving health care, deliveries happening in the household, frequent out break of seasonal diseases, child marriages, irregular availability of complimentary feed, neglect in girl’s education, non-availability of roads and transport, and inadequate availability of electricity.
Shivpuri District Collector Manohar Agnani said that it was a step to bring out a positive change in the lives of children and women in the villages of Shivpuri through enhanced knowledge and efficient district planning using modern management techniques.
IIM-I Director S P Parashar stated that focus has to be on children in the villages who are the target beneficiaries. District response plan is intended to be providing value for money for the children, women and village communities.
The question to be asked from ourselves is whether we are giving outcome from the resources or not? He took the participants through RBM principles, management control systems and areas of budgeting. He added that management is a system of planning, monitoring and evaluation to elicit desired behaviour from others to achieve the group goals.
Planning, however, makes difference only when it is being implemented as championed and owned up by the district officers. Later the participants were divided into four groups to articulate key result areas, key performance indicators and work out SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound) district targets for the current and next financial year which would look at four areas impacting child survival growth and development involving departmental inputs primarily from Women & Child Development, Health, Pubic Health Engineering and School Education.