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Dr. Peter M Raj

Associate Professor – Panchayati Raj
Kerala institute of Local Administration

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Personal Information

Date of Birth : 31.07.1967
Sex : Male
Marital Status : Married
Languages Known    : English & Malayalam
Communication Address
KILA, Mulamkunnthukavu PO, Thrissur, Kerala-680581

Mode of Appointment : Regular
Date of Joining in Service : 23-06-2004

Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D (Sociology)
  • MA (Sociology)
  • MA (Philosophy)
  • B.A. (Philosophy)

Other Key Accomplishments

  • Team Member for Preparing National Capability Building Framework (NCBF) by Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Govt.of India.
  • Team Member,  Capacity Assessment of the States of  Rajasthan for implementing National Capacity Building Framework for Local Governments of India  for the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India
  • External Facilitator  for Local Government Reform Programme of GTZ and Govt. of Sri Lanka initiated in (Tsunami affected) Local Authorities of Sri Lanka
  • Co -ordinated  “South Asian level experience sharing workshops on local governance reforms” at Colombo, Sri Lankafor  Swiss Agency for Development Co-operation(SDC)
  • Team Leader for “ review of capacity building initiatives for Strengthening Rural Decentralization (SRD) in West Bengal, India. The review was done on behalf  of Govt.of West Bengal and DFID.
  • Principal Investigator of the  research study “HIV/AIDS: Capacity building needs of elected leaders at local self governance bodies in Kerala”, funded by DFID and SHRC, New Delhi.
  • External Evaluator for Futures Group International and National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) New Delhi for developing HIV/AIDS district plan and evaluation of HIV/AIDS targeted intervention programmes.
  • Developed local government level   Policy Guideline for Govt. of Kerala on Jagrata Samiti, Comprehensive Child Development Plan, Palliative Care and HIV/AIDS.
  • Prepared micro level planning among sex workers and their children of Calicut City, Kerala, for preparing a comprehensive community development plan for  ACTION AID.
  • Evaluated Community Development Societies (CDS- latter renamed as Kudumbasree- the network of poor women) in Urban Local Governments of Kerala for Govt.of Kerala and UNICEF.

Areas of Expertise

  • Child- Friendly Local Governance
  • Local Governance Reforms
  • Capacity Building and Training
  • Social Welfare Management  ( Gender, aged, children, palliative care, disability)
  • Programme Management
  • Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Development Programmes
  • Designing Social Policy Development
  • Interface for Development (Facilitating  partnership for development)

Present Responsibilities

  • Member, working group on child development and nutrition of Kerala State Planning Board, constituted for 13th five year plan
  • Member, State Resource Group (SRG) for Local Governments, constituted by LSGD, Govt. of Kerala
  • Member, Planning Committee for 13th five year plan for Malappuram District Panchayat, Thrissur Corporation and Kodakara Grama Panchayat
  • Nodal Officer, Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (PSA) (previously RGPSA), Ministry Panchayati Raj, Govt.of India
  • Associate Professor and Chair, UNICEF Supported Child Resource Centre, KILA
  • Team Member, Strengthening Capacities of Panchayati Raj in India (SCPRI) Project of  Ministry Panchayati Raj, Govt..of India
  • Nodal  Officer, SCPRI – KILA  Project of  Ministry Panchayati Raj, Govt..of India for the preparation of Resource Materials on Women and Child Development
  • Chairman, Doctoral Committee (Sociology and Social Work), University of Kannur
  • Research Guide (Sociology and Social Work) Ph.D level in University of Kannur, Kerala, India.
  • Research Guide (Social Science): Ph.D level in Central University of Kerala.

Selected Publications

  • Local Government-led Community-Based Palliative Care Programmes in Kerala, Rajagiri Journal of Social Development Volume 8, Number 2, December 2016
  • Child-Friendly Local Governance:  Concepts and Methodology, KILA Journal of Local Governance, Vol.3, no.1, January – June, 2016
  • Documentation of Best Practices: Towards a Framework for Expanding Local Governance, KILA Journal of Local Governance, Vol.1 – No.1; Jan-June 2013
  • Empowerment of Women Elected Members of Kerala:  What Next? , Article in the edited volume, “Elected Women Representatives and Empowerment ”, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2011
  • Poverty Reduction: Strategic intervention by the local self governments of Kerala, Governance Journal, vol.5, Sri Lanka Institute of Local Governance, Sri Lanka, 2008.
  • Decentralised governance and poverty reduction- lessons from Kerala, (Edited Volume) KILA, India, 2006.
  • Panchayati Raj system in India: An overview, Article in the edited volume, Decentralised governance and poverty reduction- lessons from Kerala, KILA, India, 2006.
  • Poor are targeted better: An experience from a Grama Panchayat of Kerala, An article in Journal of Local Governance, Vol.1, No.1, 2005,” KILA, India.

International Fellowships & Visits

  • Harvard Kenney School of Governance, Harvard University, Boston, USA :  “Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance” .
  • UN HABITAT, Govt. of Israel at   The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center, Haifa, Israel : “Gender and Local Governance”
  • London School of Economics, London : “Leadership: Current approaches to leadership and applications to professional development” .
  • Wageningen International, The Netherlands :  “Local governance for rural development: Multi-stakeholder processes for institutional strengthening”.
  • GTZ, Sri Lanka: “. Public Redressal Programme for the Local Governments of Sri Lanka

KILA Publications by Dr. Peter M Raj

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