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Afghanistan team evinces interest in DPIP projects' impacts in MP
Tuesday May 21, 2013 11:54 AM , Pervez Bari, ummid.com

A study team of Afghanistan Rural Development & Rehabilitation Ministry evinced inquisitiveness and keen interest in successful implementation and encouraging results achieved under the District Poverty Initiatives Projects, (DPIP), in Madhya Pradesh.

The study team on two-day visit to the state, apprised itself of livelihood augmentation and socio-economic changes through women's self-help groups and Gram Utthan Samitis at DPIP's state unit here on Monday.

It may be mentioned here that the District Poverty Initiatives Project (DPIP) is an ambitious project of the Government of Madhya Pradesh for the alleviation of poverty in the State.

Led by Ms Naila Ahmad of World Bank, the study team from Afghanistan Rural Development Project currently on Madhya Pradesh visit comprises of Rahmatullah Khan, Mohammad Asif, Ghulam Nabi, M. Malikzai, Ahmad Masood, Sulaiman Sarwari, Mohammad Ashraf, Ahmad Zaki, Zaki Ahmad Rashish etc.

Greeting team members, DPIP Project Coordinator L.M. Belwal apprised them about DPIP, National Rural Livelihoods Mission, other rural development and social sector programmes.
Ms Naila Ahmad of World Bank informed that Afghanistan Rural Development Project and National Solidarity Programme are being implemented in Afghanistan.

The study team from Afghanistan has come to Madhya Pradesh and other places in connection with chalking out designs for next phases of these programmes. The study team will utilise experiences, learning, innovation and results of DPIP projects for chalking out these programmes.

Ms Naila Ahmad informed that as a member or World Bank study team, she has already took stock of DPIP projects' implementation by visiting villages and interacting people over there.

It was informed in the presentation of District Poverty Initiative Project that its target has been achieved by forming over 30,000 self-help groups linking 3 lakh 46 thousand women.
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator Manoj Saxena informed in the presentation that 18 producer companies have been formed under a novel effort. Of these, 15 companies are agriculture-based, which are benefiting small farmers. These companies have over 46 thousand shareholders with turnover of over Rs.43 crore.

Afghanistan study team members evinced special interest in DPIP's community development works through interaction with rural communities, constitution of producer companies, various innovations and job-oriented training programmes and their encouraging results. The team members sought information in detail about the work of mobilising rural communities, specially rural women.

Later, the team member left for visits to Raisen and Rajgarh districts. During the visits, they will interact with members of self-help groups and Gram Utthan Samitis and study functioning of producer companies.
(pervezbari@eth.net)



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