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Community Scorecards of Government Schemes
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ADHAR has launched a community scorecard programme in Bolangir district, Odisha that educates beneficiaries and providers in each other’s needs and capacities, streamlining democratic processes in an effective manner.

Bolangir District, Odisha is said to be one of the most impoverished districts in India. Nationwide government schemes have reached rural communities in Bolangir, but often only function at a very basic level. As such, there is a need to ensure that the intended beneficiaries of these programmes are accessing them in a way that meets their needs.

In 2010, ADHAR received a grant from the Affiliated Networks for Social Accountability (ANSA), a World Bank Institute organisation, for the promotion of social accountability through community efforts in the areas of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), the Public Distribution System (PDS), and the Integrated Child Development System (ICDS). Under this grant, ADHAR implemented a social accountability tool whereby the local community and government score the functioning of government programmes.

As of February 2011, four interface meetings between village beneficiaries and local government officials were held – three evaluating MGNREGA and one for ICDS. There are plans for assessing PDS in the near future.

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