The Policy Review Workshop was held at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Noida, Delhi, from 24-25 April 2003. Participants (Appendix 1) included representatives of the Government of India; state governments of Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal; Gramin Vikas Trust (GVT) and recipients (fishers, farmers and jankars) from the three states; DFID-NRSP; Rockefeller Foundation and NACA-STREAM. Fifteen members of a theatre troupe also participated.
The Policy Review Workshop was the final activity in the DFID-NRSP Research Project R8100 entitled “Investigating Improved Policy on Aquaculture Service Provision to Poor People”. The workshop followed:
- A Review of Lessons Learnt in Enabling People’s Participation in Policy-making Processes, published in April 2003.
- A Consensus-building Process which ran from February to March 2003.
- Six Case Studies carried out from mid-2002 to January 2003 in Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal.
- A Stakeholders Workshop in January 2003 in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
- Three State-level Workshops in Purulia, West Bengal; Ranchi, Jharkhand Bhubaneswar, Orissa in October 2002.
- An August 2002 Planning Visit.
- A Rural Aquaculture Service Recipients and Implementers Workshop held in May 2002 in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
- An Inception Visit in March 2002.
The aim of the Policy Review Workshop, as with all project activities, was “contributing to ‘giving people a voice’ in policy-making processes that have an impact on their livelihoods”. The workshop objectives were:
- Through six case studies, stakeholder statements and a street-play, understand the experiences of rural aquaculture services provision from the perspectives of representative recipient and provider groups.
- Review the process for transacting policy change and lessons learnt.
- Review progress towards policy change and lessons learnt, through “indicators of progress”.
- Make recommendations for policy change based on the outcomes of the project.
- Seek commitment from policy-makers on taking up the recommendations.
- Consider how the Government of India, NACA-STREAM and GVT may follow up the project.