25/09/17. Representatives from Bhutan Transparency Initiative and Bhutan Network for Empowering Women participated in the International Training Programme on Democratic Decentralization along with representatives from 6 other countries at Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA).

The training was a joint initiative of KILA and LOGIN Asia (Local Government Initiative Network), initiated at KILA, Kerala, India. LOGIN Asia is an international organization working in Local Governance and has representatives from twelve Asian countries. The participants include the representatives from the various training centers, Non-Government Organizations, and the bureaucrats. The major objective of the programme was to study the experiences of Kerala in democratic decentralization.

 

The 6 days training programme was structured with a healthy mix of class room sessions and field visits covering the following major topics complimented by field visits to their respective sites

  • Decentralized Planning
  • Fiscal Decentralization
  • Women and local economic development through Kudumbashree (women self-help groups)
  • Local government associations
  • Strategies for capacity building

 

During the course of the session, participants were introduced to the practices, the processes and the mandates of institutions that have supported and enabled for devolution in Kerala. The participants also had an opportunity to interact with a range of stakeholders and understand their role in the devolution process.