Planning for Billions

Public administration in India has been plagued by a lack of focus on results and outcomes that matter most to citizens. Annual planning and monitoring revolves largely around the allocation of the government’s budget to its departments and programmes and periodically checking if the money is being spent and activities completed.

“Did they do it?” is the operative question to judge performance — did they build enough toilets, did they open schools and hospitals? Such an approach, however, completely misses the difference between doing the job, and doing it well.

An outcomes-based approach shifts the perspective to the short and long-term outcomes of governance. “So what?”is the operative question here — so what if toilets were built, are they clean and functional and did open defecation reduce?

At FLAIR we are working on the concept – “Planning for Billions” that analyses the plan and budget of the Union of India and the States. We analyse to find out the following
  • What are the requirements of planning for programmes/schemes adequate in terms of quantity and appropriate in terms of strategy?
  • Is the money allocated and spent on programmes/schemes adequate to match the requirements in terms of quantity and is the unit cost appropriate in terms of money required to accomplish the task?
  • Are the planning, budgeting and sanctioning/expenditure of money appropriately decentralized for efficient and effective performance of programmes/schemes?
  • Are the systems of monetary control and accountability by people of India and their representatives functioning properly for the government programmes/schemes?
  • What could be appropriate roles of corporate sector for accomplishing the social welfare goals in India?
  • In depth understanding and experience of either SDLC or PDLC.
At present FLAIR is carrying out this activity for the following programmatic sector
  • School Education
  • Food, Health and Nutrition
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Women and Children Safety and Protection
  • Agriculture and Livelihood
  • Clean Energy
As part of this initiative we
  • (a) analyse plan and budgets of governments of the States and the Union of India
  • (b) organise consultative meetings with academia, government, research organizations, NGOs and peoples’ representatives, and
  • (c) work with the government to improve the plans and budget priorities (both quantity and quality).

Please refer to our annual reports for the details of work being done on this initiative. Please also look at the documents and reports section as for details   Click Here →

You can enroll yourself for a free workshop on “Planning for Billions” where the intricacies of Planning and Budgeting are learnt. This is ideal for research scholars in the area of economics, public administration, social work, development studies and for practitioners working in the area of Public Finance and Accountability Mechanisms.   Enroll Here →