The Union Cabinet on 31 March 2017 gave its approval for signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Rural Development and Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) for the establishment of a CIRDAP Centre at National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in Hyderabad, Telangana.
The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The establishment of the centre within the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD & PR) premises would give the institute an advantage of acquiring first-hand knowledge about networking with organizations that specialise in rural development programmes.
• The new centre would help the NIRD & PR to enhance its position in the region through connections with other institutes in the CIRDAP member countries and help it create its own storehouse of institutional knowledge.
• It would also benefit the faculty at the institute with exchange visits to the best practices in the CIRDAP member countries.
• The main aim of the centre would be to focus on the implementation of integrated rural development with special focus on poverty alleviation programmes within the member countries of CIRDAP.
• It is a regional Inter - Governmental and autonomous institution.
• It was jointly established on 6 July 1979 by the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in coordination with several other UN bodies and donors.
• India is one of the key founding members of this Organisation.
• The headquarters of the institution is located at Dhaka in Bangladesh.
• The main objective of the body is to promote regional cooperation and act as a serving institution for its member countries for promotion of integrated rural development through research action, training and information dissemination,
• There are 46 countries in Asia Pacific Region, therefore CIRDAP has great potential for expansion for which they would be assisted by CIRDAP Centres.
• Originally the institution had six members but now the number has gone up to 15. The member countries include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
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