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Participatory Integrated District Planning

Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration:10 weeks | Registration open

Course Developers

Dr. Rajesh Tandon

Dr. Rajesh Tandon, is President-Founder of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a voluntary organization providing support to grass roots initiatives in South Asia. Dr. Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He has served on numerous government task forces and committees both nationally and internationally. He is also the UNESCO Co-Chair for Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.

Mr. Manoj Rai

Mr. Manoj Rai has over 20 years of Experiences and Expertise in issues related to Governance, Poverty, Service Delivery, Social Analysis, Budget Analysis, Social Mobilization, Communication, Use of Social Accountability tools such as Citizens Report Cards and Social Audit-Public Hearing. He has vast experience in designing and conducting Participatory Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Advocacy, Networking and management of large Civil Society networks and coalition of multi-stakeholders.

Dr. Anshuman Karol

Dr. Anshuman Karol, He is working with PRIA (Society for Participatory Research In Asia) based in New Delhi where he is responsible for providing support to different states in India on decentralized district planning through The Asia Foundation, UNDP, UNICEF sponsored programmes. Prior joining PRIA, he worked with CPRI, AERC and IIHS in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. He had more than 11 years of experience in development sector especially in research, programme evaluation, policy analysis, advocacy, capacity building and community mobilization in backward regions of India.

About the Course Special Features Target_Audience Learning Outcomes Course Format


The erstwhile top-down approach to planning, with a powerful centre, needs to be questioned and analyzed in the interest of democratization. The essence of the process of decentralization lies in an increased participation of the people and a greater emphasis laid upon grass root level planned development.

District planning enables this kind of participation where the people come together and lay integrated plans based on the resources available. A coordinated effort between the people and the elected governments would ensure the implementation of an effective decentralised mode of planned development.

In this course, the learner will receive a comparative study between centralised and decentralised planning. It also helps to gain deeper insights into the constitutional provisions and the tools required for participatory integrated district planning. Nonetheless, there are certain challenges to overcome before a successful establishment of such democratic modes of planning. This course will help in dealing with such issues to promote grass-root level participation in district planning.


  • Participatory Integrated District Planning in Local Governments is a one of its kind course,which is offered in a distance mode
  • It highlights the history of development planning in India and makes a comparison between centralized and decentralized types of planning
  • The course has been developed by the subject matter experts, who have been practitioners of this methodology
  • The course is so designed that it covers the various facets of a participatory approach, while conducting Integrated District Planning in Local Government


  • Development professionals and practitioners
  • Civil Society actors
  • Students and research scholars working in the field of governance and planning
  • Academicians from the field of public administration


On completion of this course, the learner would:

  • Gain a basic understanding of various levels of development planning, as well as implications of centralized and decentralized forms of planning
  • Be able to analyze the role of various agencies involved at national, state and district levels in the process of development planning
  • Develop an understanding of the contribution of civil society organizations in the experimentation and promotion of participatory practices in district planning thereby strengthening local autonomy, devolution and public participation


  • 4 modules
  • Self-assessment test after each module
  • 2 videos in the course
  • Each module will have:
    1. Powerpoint presentation highlighting the content of the module
    2. Additional readings


Module 1: Introduction to Integrated District Planning

  • Decentralised Planning
  • Centralised vs. Decentralised Planning

Module 2: Process of Integrated District Planning

  • Process of Participatory Integrated District Planning
  • Implementation and Monitoring of Plans

Module 3: Participatory Agricultural Planning

  • Participatory Agricultural Planning
  • Formulation Of District Agricultural Plan

Module 4: Challenges and Way Forward in Integrated District Planning

  • Issues and Challenges in Integrated District Planning
  • Ways Forward

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  International Dimensions of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
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