On part of our work with local urban and rural bodies, BARC Trust worked for the strengthening of panchayats in 2 blocks of Tonk district (Malpura and Todaraisingh) of Rajasthan. The main objective of the UNICEF supported programme was to strengthen the panchayats and enhance the capacities of the elected representatives as well as other people working at panchayat level in the planning and budgeting process.
Capacity building activities like trainings on planning, budgeting etc. with ERs as well as government officials at panchayat level. Besides, the project also had a grading or ranking exercise of the selected panchayats. The grading of the panchayats was conducted based on their performance on different aspects of panchayat functioning.