As the NNP project lays emphasis on quality and sustainability as well as time-bound implementation of the same, strengthening of the existing capacity of PHE Department and DPMU has been an essential prerequisite. Moreover, capacity building of all the stakeholders under the decentralized delivery framework i.e. at the State, District, Block, Gaon Panchayat, Ward, Village and Habitation level is pertinent to demonstrate a functional and replicable model of community based implementation, management and monitoring of drinking water supply and sanitation project. The personnel involved in the implementation of the project, not only need to engage them continuously but also realize the context of decentralized service delivery systems finally ensuring sustainability of the project. The change in roles and responsibilities thus necessitates need-based training interventions.
It has been always crucial to arrange for appropriate training interventions for all the stakeholders involved at all the levels of the project implementation and strengthen them to take up their role more effectively. For imparting the training, the foremost need is to identify the target group; their role and responsibilities in the project; and map out the information related to the knowledge and skills to be imparted to them. Moreover, the stake-holders at different levels of the project need some basic level of exposure to new concepts and approaches related to the project so as to strengthen themselves for carrying out their role. Under this context, Training Need Assessment (TNA) has been undertaken considering different stakeholders under NNP at different levels. Further Mid Term Impact Assessment (MTIA) undertaken in the project districts has helped in the assessment of some of the impacts of the project interventions carried out as a part of social mobilization since inception of the project. Subsequently, training implementation plan has been prepared based on the findings of TNA and MTIA, and implemented following a Training Calendar.