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Project –I : Strengthening State Plans for Human Development (SSPHD)

After UNDP published its first global Human Development Report in1990, various state governments in India have started preparing their own State Human Development Reports (SHDRs). These SHDRs contributed immensely to benchmarking the extent to which targets on Human Development are being met and have provided policy options for Human Development action. These reports have also highlighted disparities and inequalities among and within states and have provided the analysis needed to improve the targeting of developing initiatives. With a view to operationalize the key findings of the SHDRs by mainstreaming HD concerns into state policies and plans, the Strengthening State Plans for Human Development (SSPHD) Project was initiated by Planning Commission with funding and technical assistance from UNDP. The implementing agencies were the participating State Governments as well as the leading national resource institutes. The project execution team was headed by a National Project Director i.e. Joint Secretary (State Plan) assisted by the Director (State Plan – Co-ordination) of Planning Commission. Project duration was June 2004 to December 2009. The participating states were Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madya Pradesh, Maharastra, Nagaland, Orrissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Gujarat Government has signed MOU with UNDP and Planning Commission in the second phase on 7th November, 2006 to implement UNDP sponsored SSPHD project in the State. Since then, Gujarat Government has successfully implemented SSPHD project in the state.

Project-II: Human Development towards Bridging Inequalities (HDBI) - Gujarat (2013-17)

Background: Government of Gujarat (GoG) has involved with a project initiated by Planning Commission-UNDP (presently known as NITI Aayog), called ‘Human Development: Towards Bridging Inequalities’ during 2013. The duration of the project is five years (2013-17).

Objectives: One of the main objective is to take the Vision of Human Development of the State towards a bottom up planning through involving the grassroots people; representatives and functionaries in the process. Other objectives of the project are to work with the academic institution to create cadre of professionals and researchers in the state on Human Development and also to prepare a current State Human Development Report for the state.

Activity under This Project:

1 Moving from preparing DHDR to District Human Development Plans: To focus on the main agenda of 12th Plan i.e inclusive growth, Gujarat has taken another proactive step called preparation of District Human Development Plan, where participative decentralised planning will go one step further. Under this activity following steps has been done:

District Human Development Reports (DHDR): 13 DHDRs are published (Jamnagar, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Dang, Surendranagar, Bharuch, Tapi, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Narmada, Mehesana, Porbandar, Navsari ) and for remaining 13 DHDRs will also be published by end of 2016. These DHDRs are informing areas where this districts are currently on the lower side with respect to HD indicators or areas where more concern is require. Based on that, focus area will be identified and special plan on HD will be prepared for all District.

It was decided that a total of around 1500 officials (Decision Makers) and around 1,20,000 grass root level functionaries (Implementers) would be trained during April 2015 to March 2016 to create a system of bottom up planning process on Human Development (HD). Accordingly, Training has done for decision makers as well as implementers on the concept of HD. 6 Capacity Building ToT modules on Human Development was developed for trainers.

2 Mapping Locally Unrecognized Areas of Human Development: The document called “Mapping of areas of Human Development” was a new initiative which mapped the areas that are vulnerable and are often less focused in Planning in Human Development at state and district level.

Document was published on December 2014 in 2 Volumes as following:

Volume I- Women & Children Download PDF
Volume II- Persons with Disabilities Download PDF

3 Preparation of State Human Development Report: The first report was published in the year 2004 and the second one has been attempted in this project. This document will be compiled with the vision of the State for social sector by 2022.

4 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets.

GSIDS has prepared Role Matrix of SDGs Gujarat which has circulated to all Departments for Comments where departments has been mapped as Nodal department and action department for each Goal
First Consultation Workshop on SDGs has been organised with support of UN system in India and NITI Aayog on 22nd July 2016 which was inaugurated by Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat State.
Consultation on SDGs Roadmap for Gujarat Download PDF

5 Working with Academic Institutions: 5 To set up of Human Development Centers at university level which may act as think-tanks for governments and also to promote path-breaking research on priority issues of Human Development, with a special focus on Gujarat as a region, a State Level Seminar with academic Institutes had been arranged on 20th March, 2015. Around 23 Universities/Research Institution from all over the Gujarat has been participated with around 50 participant. Workshop Report Download PDF

Introduce HD concept as a course: It has been planned to engage an institution/university to develop curriculum for various level with the help of Higher & Technical Education Department