Tata-Dhan Academy: PDM

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Programme in Development Management

Processes of Group Formation

By Smriti Gupta

Development Practice Segment (DPS) was a very unique experience in my Tata-Dhan Academy life. It was the first time for me to stay in a tribal area: Malwasi Panchayat, Ratlam District, Madhya Pradesh.

The objectives of DPS 1 include:

  • Building and shaping our attitudes: Learning to listen and learn from communities, adapt to any development situation, empathize with communities, and develop confidence to face uncertainties in the field.
  • Developing people-focused skills in understanding diverse development contexts and needs: Establishing rapport and building trust with the communities, understand development issues as well as organizational issues, and designing intervention approaches and strategies.
  • Converting our classroom lessons to field action: The concepts learned during our classroom segments should be applied, and new lessons from the field should be brought back to increase the knowledge-base available for forthcoming batches.

This video is a glimpse into the process of organizing the community into self-help groups (SHGs). Twelve crucial steps have been highlighted in the video:

  • Getting a broad picture of the Panchayat
  • Building rapport with the community
  • Interacting with stakeholders
  • Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRA)
  • Village meetings
  • Group meetings
  • Group formation and transaction management
  • Exposure visits to SHGs
  • Competition for children in the community
  • Cluster interaction
  • Handing over of groups to regional staff
  • Quality check of group and processes
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