PNA Training and Exercise for Integrated Settlement Development Plan (ISDP) Underway.

July 13, 2017

Kollegal Settlement Participants Preparing their Integrated Settlement Development Plan Chart Presentation.

DHARAMSHALA: Under the USAID program for Integrated Settlement Development Plan, the Department of Home, CTA with the technical assistance of SARD has successfully conducted training program on Participatory Needs Assessment (PNA) for the Tibetan settlements in India and Nepal.

The region wise PNA trainings were given to the settlement officers (SO) and Community Mobilizers (CM) starting from 5 April to 5 May, 2017 consecutively at Dharamsala for the settlements in North India, at Salugara for the settlements in the Northeast and Nepal, and at Bylakuppe for the settlements in South and Central India.

Altogether 123 participants were given training on how to conduct PNA exercise and the basic local information following the training have been collected from each of the settlements to select the pilot settlements for conducting PNA exercise.

Accordingly, the Selection Committee was formed under directive of the Secretary of Department of Home, CTA to select the pilot Settlements to undertake Participatory Needs Assessment (PNA) process in FY 2017.

The Participatory Need Assessment for the four pilot settlements in India being Tibetan settlement in Dehradun, Tezu Dhargyeling settlement, Mainpat Phendeling settlement and kollegal Dhondenling, and Lodrik settlement in Nepal is being conducted from 27th June in these settlements and the whole PNA exercise is scheduled to be completed by the end of July, 2017.

Through this process community participation in needs assessment and planning will significantly improve the quality of CTA project identification, planning, and implementation at the settlement level. Settlement residents are expected to feel greater ownership of CTA initiatives and donor-supported activities and to become more actively involved in ensuring successful outcomes, cost effectiveness, and long-term sustainability of investments they have participated in identifying and prioritizing themselves.

This process is also expected to significantly increase capacity for effective development planning at both CTA department and settlement levels in the future. These outcomes are expected to result not only in better use of community resources, but increased self-reliance and resilience of the Tibetan exile community as a whole over the long term.