Welthungerhilfe India, together with its partners NEEDS and Badlao Foundation, visited some villages in the Pakur and Sahebganj district in Jharkhand, as part of the “Initiative for transparent and accountable governance systems in Jharkhand” project, co-funded by the European Union.
Participatory exercises were conducted to raise awareness on the rights of the community, as well as to gather first-hand feedback on the challenges the villagers still face. Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) Cycles were used to educate pregnant and lactating women, and adolescent girls on community based monitoring of maternal and child health care. Street-plays helped raise awareness on governments schemes such as MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act).
The project aims to reduce poverty by fostering and mainstreaming good governance. The programme is a response to the need to address a large portion of the population who – despite a rapidly growing interest in the country to fight corruption and enforce a transparent and accountable governance system – is left behind, because they are not aware of their rights and entitlements.
The project focuses on improving quality, coverage and access to information regarding public services in education, health, nutrition and rural employment.