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Capacity building programmes at Manavodaya commenced in 1996 when chief executives and workers of a large number of non governmental organisations (NGOs) were imparted field based training in the formation of self help groups. All these programmes were residential with 25 to 30 participants. They involved role plays, practical exercises, field visits, group discussions, lectures, film shows and self reflection sessions. the programmes became so effective in developing requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes that Manavodaya became a popular centre in capacity building.

Over the years, similar programme have been organised for senior and middle level functionaries belonging to other sectors like banks and government bodies from several parts of North India with the sponsorship of institutions like NABARD, UNICEF, Rashtriya Mahila Kosh, World Bank, etc. Manavodaya is now considered an institution of excellence in capacity building in subjects like self help, micro finance and participatory development.

For details of capacity building programmes and feedback of different categories of participants click on links below.

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