The NRCDDP is managed by the programme management unit of the GoI-UNJPC under the direct supervision of the MLP division of the Planning Commission of India. Advisory support is extended by senior officials of UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA at the country level.
A consortium of two agencies – The ‘Society for Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA)’, a social enterprise of ‘Development Alternatives Group (DA)’, and ‘Debate’, a non-profit development organization – has been assigned to develop the NRCDDP and execute the technical support responsibilities.
TARA is the social enterprise arm of Development Alternatives (DA) Group. The DA group works on key areas that underlie any form of sustainable development process: the design and large-scale dissemination of appropriate technologies, environmental management systems and effective people-oriented institutions and policies. DA has vast experience and expertise in utilizing GIS for participatory planning, monitoring and management of district level development work. It has implemented several training and capacity building programmes for district and State level functionaries on the use of GIS for data/information management and facilitating the district planning processes. It has designed and developed the first interactive Environment Atlas of India for Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India. The DA group innovates and delivers eco-solutions that reduce poverty and regenerate the environment. It also influences and spearheads policy changes that promote sustainable development and empowerment of the marginalized.
Debate is a non-profit organization working in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh since 2002. The core area of Debate's intervention is strengthening local governance, Decentralized Planning, Human Development analysis and Strengthening the Gram Sabha (or Village Assembly), especially marginalized sections and women within the Gram Sabha to involve them in the decision-making process. The organization has been part of the team that developed the methodology for assessing status of human development at habitation level.
Thus, the ‘TARA – Debate’ Consortium combines requisite skills and experiences in District Planning with a focus on institutional system designing and capacity building; participatory visioning and decentralized planning; Human Development and Strengthening local government and people’s institutions with a focus on including women and other marginalized sections in decision-making.
The NRCDP involves training and resource institutions at the national and State levels in a non-hierarchical manner with an approach of poly-centric partnerships. These partnerships will be driven by local technical support requirements emerging from national, State and sub-State levels in the context of district planning and programming.