The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for capacity building programmes in the field of rural development.
The MoU for the triennium 2015 – 2017 is being signed under which capacity building programmes for AARDO member countries will be organised every year during the period at various Institutions of Excellence in India such as National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD & PR), institutions governed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) among others. The duration of each training programme will be of two to three weeks. The Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management Course at NIRD & PR under this scheme will be for one year.
Having headquarters in New Delhi, AARDO is an autonomous, inter-Governmental organisation established in 1962 with the objective of promoting cooperation among the countries of the African – Asian Region in the direction of eradicating thirst, hunger, illiteracy, disease and poverty in the region.
India is one of the founder members of the organisation and is the largest contributor in terms of membership contribution of US$ 141,100 apart from contributing by way of providing 70 fully paid training scholarships for Human Resource Development Programme under the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC). India has also provided a building for housing the AARDO secretariat in New Delhi. AARDO currently has 31 countries of the African – Asian Region under its fold.
Since the year 2009, India is continuing to provide an additional contribution of US$ 600,000 to AARDO for each triennium 2009-2011 to expand its scale and scope of the capacity building programmes for the benefit of AARDO’s member countries.