India - Public-Private-Community Partnership: The Dungarpur Initiative

This is a case study emerging from the successful building of capacities through the concept of Public, Private, Community Participation (PPCP). Focusing on building capacities through partnership, PPCP in Dungarpur district in Rajasthan (India) demonstrated the potential of enhancing opportunities of communities for income enhancement, sustainable livelihoods and participatory development.

A fifth of the world’s poor live in India. India ranks a dismal 132 on the Human Development Index. The scenario of public service delivery and governance is also not encouraging with accountability, transparency and efficiency at poor levels. The resultant non-inclusive growth has been a constant cause for concern. It is in this background that the concept of PPCP was taken up by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India along with the Planning Commission, Government of India to make communities central in development with the active participation of government and private sector for poverty reduction.

The main actors in the programme were the government, community and private sector. PPCP was seen as an approach to achieve sustainable development with equitable association of government, private sector and community. Public sector was to provide the regulatory environment and policy support, private sector the technology, skills, managerial efficiency and investible funds. Communities were expected to contribute their skills and resources as well.

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