Impact of Horizontal Learning Program in Capacity Building of Union Parishad in Bangladesh

  • Dr. Shreekant Sharma National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hyderabad, India
  • Ms. Manika Mitra National Institute of Local Government (NILG), Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (MoLGRD&C), Bangladesh.
Keywords: Horizontal Learning Program (HLP), Impact Analysis, Local Government Division (LGD) and Capacity Building.

Abstract

This study attempts to investigate the impact of Horizontal Learning Program (HLP) in capacity building of Union Parishad in Bangladesh. In this study, six Union Parishads (UPs) were selected under five divisions of Bangladesh purposively with different identical nature like where the HLP concept was already disseminated, which UPs were already used for piloting of HLP and which were the best performer of HLP good practice. Horizontal Learning Program (HLP) was initiated in November 2007 as a one-year pilot by Local Government Division (LGD) with support from WSP in collaboration with Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) of World Bank, Water Aid, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Plan Bangladesh and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been a partner organization of HLP since 2007. The study found that 97% of the UP Secretaries have knowledge about HLP. 76% UPs are currently involved with HLP whether 16% UPs are not currently involved with HLP. Out of 84 UPs 25 % have 1≤2 number of good practices; 21 % have 3≤4 number of good practices; 17 % have 5≤6 good practices; 13 % have 7≤8 good practices and 11 % had 10 + good practices. The study also reveals that 75% UPs are satisfied with HLP activities. Furthermore, four overarching themes have identified which clearly represent the overall picture of HLP, such as, how HLP contributed; was it supportive program for UPs; how it helped to enhance capacity of UPs; challenges and others.

Author Biographies

Dr. Shreekant Sharma, National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Sharma’s field of specialisation is Rural and Agri Enterprises. He has dedicatedly worked for socio economic development of rural families at various capacities in Corporate and Government sectors. His professional experience encompasses areas of Marketing, Procurement, Sales, Research, Teaching and Extension. He has completed B.Sc (Agriculture) degree from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar and Post Graduate Programme in Agri Business Management from National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, Hyderabad popularly known as MANAGE.  He has a Ph.D (Agri Business) degree from S.K. Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner. His doctoral research work was on farm opinion leaders and their influence on buying of agri products in a rural set up. Adding to it, he has attained M.A degree in Economics, Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension Management and certificate courses in commodity markets, computer applications, financial markets, IPM, weather agro advisory, and IPR. He has published a number of research papers and articles in reputed journals and magazines. He has been awarded Dr. V.S. Vyas felicitation prize 2010-12 by Agro Economic Research Centre, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand, Gujarat for best research and awarded “best potential for future development†for the research paper presented at International Conference on Agribusiness in Emerging Economies at Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). Dr. Sharma is a life member of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (ISAE). His current domain of interest includes promotion of agro and food processing industries, retail, project formulation, impact evaluation of government schemes, buying behaviour and entrepreneurship.

Ms. Manika Mitra, National Institute of Local Government (NILG), Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (MoLGRD&C), Bangladesh.

Research Officer, National Institute of Local Government (NILG), Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (MoLGRD&C), Bangladesh.

E-mail Id: manika_khama@yahoo.com

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Published
2020-09-19
How to Cite
Sharma, S., & Mitra, M. (2020). Impact of Horizontal Learning Program in Capacity Building of Union Parishad in Bangladesh. Journal of Global Economy, 16(3), 34-49. Retrieved from http://www.rcssindia.org/jge/index.php/jge/article/view/606
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