UNDP has produced a calendar under the CDLG project. The calendar is designed to present the various roles of the Panchayat and the benefits of inclusive development facilitated through regular events like Gram Sabha. Each page of the calendar is talking about a particular aspect of development that can be established through an active and effective Panchayat system. The themes include Gender relations, Social Inclusion, Accountability and Transparency, local planning and development, Education, Employment, Health, utilities, Local resources, Capacity development, Needs assessment and CB&T interventions, and Monitoring and Impact Evaluation.
The MoPR-UNDP Capacity Development for Local Governance (CDLG) Project is aimed at improving the capabilities of the elected representatives and officials of PRIs to enable them to perform their functions better. At the National level, the project is implemented through the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR). The project is being implemented in seven States, including Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, through the State-specific Panchayati Raj Departments (PRDs) and the State Institutions of Rural Development (SIRDs).
The calendar highlights the importance of people’s participation in decision making and also the Panchayat’s role in spreading awareness. Panchayats facilitate accountability and transparency through Gram Sabha. The calendar also has a section on building the capacity of the Panchayat, to enable them to perform their roles effectively. Their role in providing education, health services, employment and utilities to the rural population is also shown through the calendar.
New Concept designed and printed the desktop calendar. All the illustrations were made by the artist at New Concept in consultation with UNDP. Illustration were made according to the theme for each month.