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The project “Human Development: Towards Bridging Inequalities” responds to a strong endorsement by the  NITI  Aayog, State Governments and experts for continued collaboration on human development, moving from “Analysis to Action”.  The emphasis of the project is on promoting inclusive growth and supporting action oriented quality studies on issues of persistent inequality and disparity; as well as on giving a thrust to capacity development of a range of stakeholders

 

The Human Development approach has been the cornerstone of Indian planning since the 8th Five Year Plan. The concept has been embraced in such a significant manner that India has set global benchmarks in terms of measuring human development and preparing HDRs at the State and district levels.

 

Background:

The project “Human Development: Towards Bridging Inequalities”  focusses on providing innovative policy options for tackling issues of persistent exclusion, particularly at the State level.  In this context issues of inequality, with particular attention to gender and social inequalities, will be emphasised. Initiatives at the national level will provide an enabling framework for translating human development agenda into action at the State level.

 

Scope and Strategy of the HDBI project:

The HDBI project proposes to cover 15 States from 2012 till 2017 with a total budget of USD 2.7million {approximately Rs. 16.2 crores (1USD[at]INR 60)}.
State level initiatives include: Preparation of State level Human Development Reports, District Human Development Reports, Regional Human Development Reports, Research based policy advocacy, Capacity development, Strengthening statistical systems and use of Community monitoring tools.
National level initiatives include: HD Policy advocacy, Preparation of Regional/Thematic Human Development Reports,Capacity development, Strengthening statistical systems, Budget analysis for improving human development, and presentation of District Human Development Reports.
HDBI project also aims to foster partnership across a range of stakeholders includingparliamentarians, the private sector, civil society organizations, universities, the media, etc.

 

Management Arrangement

a.Implementation Arrangements
The project is implemented by the  NITI  Aayog in collaboration with UNDP.  The National Project Director (NPD), designated by the  NITI  Aayog, is responsible for overall management, and is supported by Project Manager for day-to-day operations of the project. 
The  NITI  Aayog signs a budgeted Annual Work Plan with UNDP on an annual basis, as per UNDP rules and regulations, and submitsa signed financial report as per UNDP rules.  As a co-implementer, UNDP undertakes certain number of activities in the annual work plans.
National Steering Committee has been constituted vide Office Order dated 12 January 2011 to guide, monitor, review project expenditures against activities and outcomes; and approve Annual and Quarterly Work Plans.Likewise States are also required to constitute their ownState Project Steering Committees to provide guidance for project implementation at the State level.

 

b.Funds Flow Arrangements and Financial Management:
Combined Delivery Reports reflecting expenditure under the project is signed quarterly and annually by UNDP and  NITI  Aayog.  Expenditure and unspent funds as per the approved Annual Work Plans is reviewed in the early part of the last quarter of the calendar year and funds reallocated accordingly.
The financial flow and funds release to the States is on reimbursement modality wherein the States submit the Quarterly Utilisation certificates (UCs) and funds are released accordingly.