Review & planning workshop on IBCB & SISD held

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Dimapur, July 27: A joint coordination meeting was conducted between the Nagaland State Rural Livelihoods Mission (NSRLM) under DAY-NRLM, MoRD and the North East Rural Livelihoods Project (NERLP) under DoNER coinciding with a 3-day state level review and planning workshop on Institution Building-Capacity Building (IBCB) and Social Inclusion-Social Development (SISD) that began on the July 24 at RD conference hall, Kohima.
Presentations were made by District Project Managers of Peren and Tuensang, the districts under NERLP wherein they highlighted the project objectives, structure, strategies, impact and achievements. Subsequently, a coordination meeting was held with officials from NSRLM and NERLP in the presence of State Coordinator, NERLP and Addl. Mission Director, NSRLM to address the eventual phase-over to NRLMafter NERLP concludes in March, 2019. Need for cross-learning and knowledge sharing and a sound exit strategy to be compiled as a joint effort were discussed during the meeting. HR policies, institution structures, capacity building mechanisms and livelihood intervention strategies are some of the points to be taken into consideration for phasing over as per the discussions.
Meanwhile, Managerial staff from Mission Management Units of DAY-NRLM districts and blocks attended the workshop facilitated by the State Mission Management Unit officials and National Resource Persons, MoRD. Keynote address was delivered by Kevipodi Sophie, Additional Mission Director, NSRLM.
While he appreciated the quantum leap in expansion of the program, he stressed on the need to focus in strengthening systems and procedures at all levels and integration of social inclusion (SI). He underscored the importance of the review meeting for taking stock of progress, backlogs, challenges and addressing them during this meeting.
He further reminded that community members are at the heart of NRLM and therefore, more concerted efforts are needed towards attaining sustainability of the community institutions.
Objective of the workshop was spelt out by M Rollan Lotha, Chief Operating Officer (COO), NSRLM. He highlighted the need to intensify the focus on integration of all verticals for deepening the intervention of social inclusion; strengthening the community institutions and its systems; creating model federations and districts; developing Community Resource Centres; and developing pool of social capital under each thematic. To ensure optimal achievements, he facilitated the staff on breaking down the annual action plan into realistic monthly action plan.
Furthermore, with the expected phase over of NERLP to NRLM by March 2019, he also expressed the imperativeness of regular coordination and cross learning from the best practices between NSRLM and NERLP to ensure the communities remain at the centre of both the programs.
A parallel consultative meeting with the Kiphire District team was convened by COO to deliberate on prioritization of program intervention for Kiphire (Aspirational District under Nagaland).
In this regard, he emphasized block saturation by 2018-19; mainstreaming Gender; leveraging bank linkage & providing alternative banking solutions to underbanked and unbanked blocks; deepening of livelihoods interventions; and, fostering regular coordination with DC and various District Department Officials towards collective realization of aspirational goals.
Sessions taken up by resource person for gender Aasha Ramesh included integration of gender and a brief introduction to Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act. Open discussions on progress, process and norms, gaps on IBCB as per observations was facilitated by National Resource Person, Shivaji Choudhury. Discussions on IBCB, SISD and gender were facilitated by Imonenla Imkong Phom, SPM and Khriezovonuo Lhoungu, SPM, NSRLM.
(Page News Service)