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Interactive Session with Delegates from Northern Province, Sri Lanka

11 Oct 2017  --  11 Oct 2017

PRIA, New Delhi


On 11 October 2017, elected members and officials of the Northern Provincial Council based in Jaffna visited PRIA Head Office to learn what PRIA has accomplished, from advocacy to action, design and implementation, using participatory approaches. 

The delegation interacted with senior staff from PRIA, understanding the deep history of PRIA's experience in strengthening panchayati raj institutions, capacity building of elected representatives (in particular women elected representatives), participatory planning around water, sanitation and health, and current initiatives to engage youth in raising voice on issues affecting their communities. In the two-hour discussion, the delegates learnt about how provincial and local government and councillors can engage with people.


The delegation was on a learning mission to India between 9 and 13 October 2017 coordinated by Jindal School of Government and Policy, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. Jindal Global University has associated with PRIA on Kadam Badhate Chalo campaign in Haryana. For the past 3 years, students from Jindal Global University have completed summer internships with PRIA.

List of delegates attending:
Hon. (Mrs) Anandi Sasitharan, Member of Council
Hon. B. Deniswaran, Member of Council
Hon. A.s. Thavarajah, Member of Council
Hon. A.S. Pirimus Siraiva, Member of Council
Hon. S, Agilathas, Member of Council
Mr. A. Pathinathan, Chief Secretary, Northern Province
Mrs Rubini Varathalingam, Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Norther Province
Mr. S.U. Chandrakumaran, Deputy Chief Secretary-Finance, Northern Province
Mr. A. Sivapalasundran, Deputy Chief Secretary-Personnel & Training, Northern Province


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  • I am an example of the Kishori Panchayat Programme which gave young girls the desire to do something, a reason to embrace life

    Kishori Panchayat Member
  • PRIA works for educating voters and making them conscious of discharging their duties as responsible citizens

    Dr Sushil Trivedi, IAS (Retd.)
    Former State Election Commissioner
  • PRIA has been able to provide voice to the Dalits and has generated awareness among them to demand their rights

    Vidyanand Vikal, Chairperson
    Commission for Scheduled Castes
    Government of Bihar
  • We learnt multi-stakeholder dialogue as a tool for advocacy from PRIA…it is a wonderful tool for organising people

    Ashok Kadam
  • The partnership between University of Victoria, a Northern university, and PRIA, a Southern institution, enables us to make some real contributions to building capacities in the global South

    Prof. Budd Hall, Co-Chair
    UNESCO Chair for Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
    University of Victoria, Canada
  • PRIA has helped to build a large movement for citizens to use Panchayati Raj Institutions at the local level, to use their leadership, their voice, to bring about democracy from below

    Dr John Gaventa, Director of Research
    Institute of Development Studies
    Sussex, UK
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of being able to enroll myself in the course…this program has opened my eyes to possibilities for my life which were previously unconsidered

    Tripti Vinita Pal, Alumnus
    Appreciation course
  • Participatory Approaches for Social Inclusion course was undoubtedly beneficial for my research work, providing a deep understanding of theoretical aspects and the applied side of participation

    Pallavi Mishra
    PhD Research Scholar
    Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • I am a third party facilitator for three large institutions but I did not know half the things we have discussed in the Third Party Facilitator Training I attended organized by PRIA

    Joint Secretary of Lakshmi, an NGO
  • Thank you PRIA -- for helping me gain the confidence to speak up. Today, I do not hesitate to speak with the sarpanch.

    Renu Joshi
    ASHA worker
    Hinglaz gali Anganwadi Centre, Siwana Block, Barmer, Rajasthan
  • A delegation of elected members and officials from the Northern Province of Sri Lanka was exposed to PRIAâ??s exemplary work in developing citizen participation in governance and service deliver

    Prof. R. Sudarshan
    Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
    O.P. Jindal Global University