Dr. Anita Brandon

Dr. Anita Brandon.

Dr. Anita, Professor Superannuating (on 31-7-2020) from the service of Indira Gandhi Panchayati Raj & Gramin Vikas Sansthan SIRD&PR, Rajasthan, Jaipur

Dr. Anita has been a Professor in-charge for Capacity Building of PRIs and State Nodal Officer for PRI Training in Rajasthan for last 23 years. She has also been the Nodal Officer for all projects assisted by United Nations, in the SIRD&PR, Rajasthan.

She has a Masters in Sociology and Ph.D. in Social Science-Gender & Tribal Studies Area, from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. She also has a PG Diploma in Human Rights Law from NLSIU -National Law School India University, Bangalore. She has a professional experience of over 36 years in the field of Training and Human Resource Development. As a Nodal-Officer for PRI Training in Rajasthan, she has contributed to Capacity Building of 5 generations of PRI Leaders since the 73rd Constitutional Amendment.

Dr. Anita is a Recognized Trainer empanelled with Training Division of DoPT, GoI for Design of Training Courses, under Trainer Development Programme (TDP) since 1997. She also contributed as a National Task Force Member, constituted by the Training Division in 2000 for Refinement of DTS and DOT packages of TDP. She is also an A-Grade Certified Master Resource Person, under TISPRI Project supported by RGSA, led by NIRD&PR, since 2017.

Her areas of facilitation of Adult-Learning are: Training of Trainers for DTS & DOT and PRI Training, Human Development & Human Rights, Gender Responsive Governance & Development, Panchayati Raj & Decentralised Gender Responsive Planning, Gender Responsive Budgeting, Soft Skills & Gender Training – in a Human Rights-Based Perspective. She has also been facilitating training of college and university youth in areas of Community Mobilization, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)/ Participatory Learning & Action (PLA) and Gender Issues.
She has also contributed extensively in publication of Need-Based Training Modules & Reference Books for various thematic Training Campaigns of Elected Representatives & Development Functionaries of Rajasthan. Since 2000 AD onwards she has led 18 Mega-Training Campaigns for Capacity Building of PRIs in the State-with universal coverage for all ERs & Key Officials. She has published over 80 papers and more than 80 books, related to Training of Development Functionaries and Elected Representatives of PRIs.

Some of her important publications are: ‘Readings in Organizational Behaviour’(1989), ‘Women’s Quest for Equality’ (1990), ‘Population & Development: Women’s Perspectives’ (1994),’ Training Manual for PRI Functionaries-on Population, Health, RCH & Gender Issues’ (2004), ‘Training Manual on Gender Responsive Planning’ (2008-09), Training Manual on Role of PRIs w.r.t. Five Devolved Departments (2012), a Guide Book on Mobilizing Effective Mahila Sabhas (2012), Training Modules for Training of PRIs under PESA Region (2012) & an FAQ Booklet titled-‘PESA Chalisa’ (2013), Training Modules for Gender Responsive Governance (2012), Compendium of Success Stories of Elected Women Representatives (2013), Reference Book for PRI Chairpersons (2015), Training Modules for Gram Panchayat Development Planning (GPDP), Reference Books-GPDP Basics (2016) & SDGs & GRG-based GPDP (2016), GPDP Thematic Refresher (2017), Gram Sevak Digest–Reference Book and Training Module (2018) for New Gram Sevaks/VDOs. She has also prepared for publication a Panchayati Raj Guide Book for all PRI ERs (2020) and 4 Self-Learning Basic Readers for Chairpersons and ERs of PRIs–of ZP-Level, Block (Panchayat Samiti)-Level, Sarpanch (GP-President) and Ward Members.

She has also been a key contributor to Training Manual on Gender Responsive Governance & Empowerment of Elected Women Representatives (2012), published by National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad.
She has undertaken a Research Study on ‘Gender Responsive Initiatives for PRIs and their Impact in MP and Rajasthan’ and submitted the Study Report to MoPR, GoI, as the principal researcher for SIRD&PR, Rajasthan in 2019-20.

She has contributed to several National & International Workshops, including-International Conference on Population & Development (ICPD) in United Nations-PrepCom-III at New York and in UN-ICPD, 1994 at Cairo (Egypt). She has been one of the core National Training Team Members of UNIFEM-which trained the Indian Delegation for the 4th World Conference on Women, 1995 held at Beijing (China). She represented India-at the SAARC Regional Conference on ‘Women in Politics: Impact of Quotas’-held at Lahore, in 2004, sponsored by FES. She also represented the State in a ‘UN Women Regional Conference on Gender Responsive Governance’, at Thimpu, Bhutan in March, 2012. She was selected to make a Presentation at the International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum in Vienna–in July, 2016-on ‘Feminist Vision of Smart Cities for a Better World’, which was also shared at the BRICS Conference on Smart Cities, in Aug, 2016 at Jaipur. She chaired the session on GRB & CEDAW in the UN-Women Asia Pacific Consultation held at Jaipur in Dec, 2016. She presented a paper in an International Conference ELLTA: 2017 at Bangkok on ‘Empowering Grassroots Leaders for Gender Responsive Governance’ in July, 2017. Under the UN Women Project, she represented SIRD Rajasthan in the Study Visit & Training Workshops held at International Institute of Local Governance, at The Hague, Netherlands – in 2017 and 2018.

She is a National Resource Person contributing to Trainings of Civil Servants at LBSNAA, NIRD, ATIs, CTIs, TISS, NHRC, NCW, UN-Women, RPA, RIPA & other premier UN-Organizations, as well as, The World Bank supported Knowledge-Exchange Workshops. She has also been a resource person for Sensitization of Women MPs on Gender Issues at the invitation of the Lok-Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi. She is empanelled among eminent Resource Persons by the MoPR, GoI. She has also been in the editorial team of the National Capability Building Framework (NCBF), published by MoPR, GoI in 2014. NIRD&PR selected her as a member of two National Committees to submit Policy Recommendations to MoRD, GoI on: (1) HR Policy for SIRDs and (2) Recurring Grant for SIRDs-the Reports of which were presented in the National Workshop of SIRDs held by MoRD, GoI at New Delhi on 25 Sept, 2019 and in the National Colloquium of NIRD&PR & SIRDs held in February, 2020.

Dr. Anita wields equal felicity in English and Hindi for professional writing of Training Modules & Resource Books and conducting Training Programmes/Workshops on Development, Panchayati Raj, Gender and Human Rights Issues. She contributes to panel discussions on Doordarshan and All India Radio on topical issues related to Panchayati Raj and Sustainable Development.