In Asia and the Pacific region, people affected by palpable poverty are higher than the most other region of the world. To distribute governance services to these rural, poor people on basic civic needs and other sectors (e.g. education, health, water supply, sanitation, roads, communications, power, etc.) decentralization is one of the most effective and straightforward way. It can alter the complexion of distribution and provide institutional support for the delivery of services. In this context, with the support from the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India, CIRDAP in collaboration with NIRD&PR organized an international training programme on ‘Decentralized Governance and Delivery of Services – Way to Good Governance’ to discuss the potentiality of decentralization and share the best practices of good governance so that member countries of CIRDAP can adapt the idea of decentralization to make a good governance system, held during 19-28 March 2018 at NIRD&PR, Hyderabad, India.

The objectives of the programme were:

(i) To discuss the international perspectives and the Asia-Pacific trends of decentralized governance;

(ii) To share knowledge of governance, its theory and practices, and share best practices of good governance; International Training Programme on Decentralized Governance and Delivery of Services – Way to Good Governance in India

(iii) To discuss decentralized governance in better service delivery;

(iv) To develop mock action plan for decentralized governance; and

(v) To share knowledge on the rural development programmes in India by practicing decentralize governance.

This training was attended by 15 participants (12 male & 03 female) from nine (9) CIRDAP member countries (i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Islamic Republic of Iran, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam). A total of 14 resource persons from NIRD&PR conducted session on their specialized area. Each country delegates presented their respective country papers. As per participant’s evaluation, training programme was very effective and useful for them and they are very satisfied with the course contents, training methodology, field visit and overall arrangement. The valedictory session of the programme was chaired by the Director General of CIRDAP and Director General of NIRD&PR. Participants were awarded with certificates and mementos by them.