Fair economic development in India

Published on
April 16, 2010

What is fair economic development? This was the critical question discussed at a workshop facilitated by the Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) in Delhi, India this week.

Seventy people attended the three-day workshop, representing the Dutch NGO ICCO’s Indian partners working on entitlements and fair economic development. The workshop was part of a series of consultations with partners to help formulate a new ICCO South Asia Regional Plan.

CDI’s support for facilitating the workshop is part of a wider programme of support to ICCO’s Pro-Co-De initiative – Programmatic Approach; Co-responsibility; and Decentralisation. In particular CDI has been helping to develop the staff capacities, in both the regions and head office, needed to implement this new approach.

Rich pictures
A highlight for participants in the Delhi workshop was sharing their lessons and experiences through drawing ‘rich pictures’.  Participants noted that this powerful facilitation technique really helped then to understand each other’s work and how it fits into the bigger picture.  

A key message from the participants of the workshop was that in developing market opportunities it is easy to lose sight of the deeper issues of fair and sustainable economic development. Without care, those who are meant to benefit end up being bypassed yet again. This is particularly so in a country like India where there are enormous disparities in wealth and a deeply embedded caste system.

The workshop arrived at set of key issues and strategies around which to develop the regional strategy.  Participants highly valued the chance to work together and share experiences, and strongly endorsed the ambitions of ICCO’s Pro-Co-De initiative.

Read more about CDI’s work in ICCO’s Pro-Co-De initiative.