PRIA began a new phase in its journey when it developed a new architecture to continue to be relevant as a global knowledge institution and keep the focus on its core belief: Knowledge is Power. PRIA's ability to maintain its relevance to the changing requirements of social transformation in Indian society, and beyond, has been possible through a rigorous process of strategic review and planning every four to five years. It is within this trajectory that PRIA began to undertake a strategic review of its previous framework, 'Governance Where People Matter', after its 25th anniversary in 2007. A rigorous process of examining future challenges resulted in a new framework for defining PRIA's future directions: Making Democracy Work for All Citizens.
PRIA is noworganised into four divisions. Each of these divisions takes forward and builds on the commitment, work ethic and spirit of service which has been PRIA's hallmark, making knowledge for change not only a professional pursuit but a way of life.
Action Learning Initiatives of PRIA (ALIP)
This division focuses on developing action learning strategies in local field sites that feed into scaled-up capacity-building and targeted policy advocacy. It is premised on the philosophy of action-learning-action for citizen participation in decision-making. ALIP focuses on democratic decentralised governance and promotion of inclusion through mainstreaming the marginalised, empowering civil society voices, ensuring accountability of institutions, building leadership of citizens and engendering institutional responses.ALIP is a resource centre for the experimentation, learning, systemisation and dissemination of knowledge on decentralised and participatory planning, and for best practices and policies.The division undertakes field experiments in select states like Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Rajasthan.It conducts research and analysis to contribute to knowledge building and change, and facilitates advocacy on issues by convening national and state level dialogues and campaigns.
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PRIA Global Partnership (PGP)
This division undertakes initiatives that have a trans-national domain of learning, capacity development and convening activities.PRIA Global Partnership (PGP) is a Global Initiative on Citizenship and Democracyto foster knowledge and relationships globally. PGP provides demand-based advisory and consulting services to advance its priority thematic areas and strategic activities. It emphasises the value of communication to strategic actors by using web-based technology and other popular mediums accessible to the communities it works with.PGP strengthens and nurtures partnerships across communities and countries to ‘make democracy work for all citizens’ through:
• Developing local capacities,
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PRIA International Academy of Lifelong Learning (PIALL)
PRIA International Academy of Lifelong Learning (PIALL) is the academic wing of PRIA, and an international centre for learning and promotion of participation and governance. PIALL’s primary objective is synthesizing and packaging PRIA’s experience, knowledge and learning into distance education programmes.This division undertakes formal educational programmes and field-based internships for promoting human and social development. The purpose of PIALL is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge that has a direct bearing on social development. The focus is the ‘new learner’ for whom education and learning is a lifelong process; for whom education is directly linked to the profession he/she is engaged in; and for whom learning is developing a new set of skills which gives mobility to career growth.
PIALL is positioned as a provider of higher education including all forms of professional and technical education. Lifelong learning is an integral component of the larger system of higher education involving a high degree of coordination and networking with various professional bodies as well as employment sectors.
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Management System Support Centre (MSSC)
This division anchors and supports core functions related to communication/media/IT, Finance & Accounts, HR & Administration, procurement and contract management, institutional governance, etc.