Anode Governance Lab is a Bangalore based organisation that works towards strengthening governance and enabling public institutions to function effectively. Our belief is that vibrant and learning institutions adapt and negotiate with the external environment to deliver their mandate consistently. Our institution building efforts leverage organisation development (OD) principles, which adopts a systemic view to change, associating with members of the institution as participants and not recipients of change.
We partner with professionals from different disciplines, as well as with government and non-government organisations that are committed to sustainable change processes through effective institutions.
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Anode’s Process Document on the Gram Panchayat Organisation Development (GPOD) Framework is a real path-breaker. Hitherto the focus has been on Gram Panchayat as a development entity carrying out certain functions assigned by the State Government following prescribed procedures and processes. GPOD avoids this narrow and, in a sense, fragmented approach and emphasises Gram Panchayat as an organisation. Interestingly it accepts the differing realities of devolution in each State and attempts to contextualise the Framework so that it is eminently practical and doable. The Framework is based on sound management theory and the document is a useful toolkit for a holistic understanding of the position of Gram Panchayats in the governance system of the State and in achieving its social and development potential. From the governance point of view, the Organisation Mapping and Gram Panchayat Structuring are the critical elements. I congratulate Anode and Pradan for this innovation which has tremendous potential. It is one of the most significant initiatives after the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP).
Former Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala
Former Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Government of India
Mission Samriddhi and Anode Governance Lab have been working together since 2018 on different engagements. Anode has a deep understanding of legal frameworks as well as local government systems and has been instrumental in building a structured methodology for strengthening institutional capacities of Panchayats to deliver their mandates across devolved subjects. Anode’s inputs in the area of Organisation Development of PRI have been greatly appreciated and have been acknowledged in the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan.
Executive Director, Mission Samriddhi
PRADAN and Anode Governance Lab have been working together since 2016 on multiple engagements. Anode has contributed to building a systematic engagement with panchayats in PRADAN, through their Gram Panchayat Organisation Development Framework. We have seen shifts in thought, behaviour, systems and processes in panchayats, towards enabling access of services to citizens as well as collaborating with citizen-based organisations such as Self-Help Groups. Anode has been instrumental in skilling our teams with technical knowledge and scaling our work with panchayats to several districts in Jharkhand.
Integrator, Pradan- Professional Assistance for Development Action
Have you ever encountered Mukhias talking about lesson plans? This and more has been made possible by the momentum built through PRADAN’s long association with the SHGs; a momentum that has been well leveraged through PRADAN’s partnership with Anode. Anode has added professional Organisation Development understanding and has provided structured training, program management expertise and monitoring tools. There is something exceptional happening through this partnership. Local governance is experiencing a phenomenal transformation. Credits to Pradan and Anode, who have a mutually complementing relationship! This has to be sustained further in the future.
Azim Premji University (after a 3 day visit to SPACE project in Jharkhand)