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Interactive Session with Delegates from Northern Province, Sri Lanka

11 Oct 2017  --  11 Oct 2017

PRIA, New Delhi


On 11 October 2017, elected members and officials of the Northern Provincial Council based in Jaffna visited PRIA Head Office to learn what PRIA has accomplished, from advocacy to action, design and implementation, using participatory approaches. 

The delegation interacted with senior staff from PRIA, understanding the deep history of PRIA's experience in strengthening panchayati raj institutions, capacity building of elected representatives (in particular women elected representatives), participatory planning around water, sanitation and health, and current initiatives to engage youth in raising voice on issues affecting their communities. In the two-hour discussion, the delegates learnt about how provincial and local government and councillors can engage with people.


The delegation was on a learning mission to India between 9 and 13 October 2017 coordinated by Jindal School of Government and Policy, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. Jindal Global University has associated with PRIA on Kadam Badhate Chalo campaign in Haryana. For the past 3 years, students from Jindal Global University have completed summer internships with PRIA.

List of delegates attending:
Hon. (Mrs) Anandi Sasitharan, Member of Council
Hon. B. Deniswaran, Member of Council
Hon. A.s. Thavarajah, Member of Council
Hon. A.S. Pirimus Siraiva, Member of Council
Hon. S, Agilathas, Member of Council
Mr. A. Pathinathan, Chief Secretary, Northern Province
Mrs Rubini Varathalingam, Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Norther Province
Mr. S.U. Chandrakumaran, Deputy Chief Secretary-Finance, Northern Province
Mr. A. Sivapalasundran, Deputy Chief Secretary-Personnel & Training, Northern Province


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  • Elected members & officials from Northern Province, Sri Lanka visited PRIA to learn about their exemplary work in developing citizen participation in governance and service delivery. JGU thanks PRIA.

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    O.P. Jindal Global University
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