CBPS in collaboration with the University of Cambridge organised a Dissemination Workshop: Contexts, Costs and Practices: Debating Public Policy and Planning for Public Provisioning in India (with special reference to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)) in New Delhi on 18 December 2019 at the India Habitat Centre. The workshop discussed the planning for provisioning of public services in India.
The keynote speakers were Dr. Pronab Sen (Programme Director (India), International Growth Centre) and Professor Venita Kaul (Professor Emeritus Ambedkar University, Delhi). Dr. Pronab Sen’s keynote speech was titled, ‘Public Interventions: Policy and/ or Programmes’ and Professor Venita Kaul’s keynote speech was titled, ‘ECCE a priority, or is it?’
Based on an ethnographic study on ECCE in India, the workshop extended beyond research findings to discuss implications for the costing of education programmes in particular, and public services more generally. The discussion also delved into issues of scale, decentralisation, diversity and accountability in the context of
planning for and costing of public services.
The CBPS team presented their findings which were followed by responses by invited discussants. Several policy makers, grassroots organisations and academicians participated in the workshop.
The concept note and agenda can be viewed here.