Transition of RRA Network into 2nd Phase

After a brief pause and stock-taking exercises, RRA Network is now set for a 2nd phase of action. In its meeting in May, 2016, at New Delhi, the governing board of RRA Network decided to re-constitute its structure including the Governing Board, with active involvement of members of the network. Follow up processes facilitated by Sri. Shirish Joshi, an external consultant, resulted in a new Board constituted and evolution of a new structure for the RRA Network. The newly constituted governance Board with 7 members elected in the meeting, met several times subsequently and firmed up the structure and operational modalities of the network with its members playing an active role.

The network functions with the overall goal of:

Configuring the nature, amount and delivery of public investments for productive and resilient rainfed agriculture.

    The RRA Network will have 5 entities viz., :
  • 1. Members of the Network
  • 2. Governing Board
  • 3. A Network Hub
  • 4. Project Management Unit
  • 5. Grant Manager
1. Members of the RRA Network:

Members of the Network own, build and govern the RRA agenda. RRA Network structures keep the members informed and provide certain information services through the google group and the website; such as the Daily Digest of news; it encourages and nurtures individual and collective initiatives from the members to further the RRA agenda.

2. Governing Board:
    The following are elected as members of the board.
  • • Mr Gagan Sethi
  • • Ms. Aruna Rangachar Pohl
  • • Ms. Ashwini Kulkarni
  • • Dr. D K Sadana
  • • Mr. Jayesh Joshi
  • • Mr. Narendra Nath
  • • Mr. Ravindra A

Apart from laying out and managing various institutional boundaries inside and outside of RRA, the Board will bring in an alignment between RRA agenda and its constituencies and specifies the nature of engagement of RRA with entities external to RRA. In addition to overall resource allocation, the Board’s primary role is to set up necessary institutional mechanisms (creating roles), appointing right talent to the roles and provide governance; apart from overall resource allocation.

The Governance Board functions through two arms viz., a Network Hub furthering the engagement with the RRA agenda and a Projects Management Unit for due diligence, effective and efficient management of projects taken up by the network. Projects Clearance Committee will be set up as a sub-group of the Board.

The Network Hub (NW Hub):

Building upon collective strength of the network the Network Hub Primarily engages with multiple stakeholders to further the agenda of revitalizing rainfed agriculture. It initiates / takes forward discussions or initiatives that have clear policy change pathways. It aims to achieve the objectives of the network through a process of networking, dialogue, documentation, furthering practice etc. It enables specific thematic ‘Working Groups’ to evolve and drive the advocacy processes; the research processes will also be taken up in this mode. Any specific ‘project’ requirements of these Working Groups will be met by the PMU. The thematic working groups will evolve necessary Terms of Reference for any specific project required and provides oversight on the design, process and synthesise learning.

Project Management Unit (PMU):

It takes up the specific project requirements from the Network Hub and do the due diligence in identification of suitable partners, develop the project frame, helps in contracting with the Grants Manager and ensures project deliverables in time. The projects to be taken up will be presented to the Projects Clearance Committee of the Board. Grants Manager: receives, manages and accounts for the RRA Network funding. It will ensure all statutory compliances in the network’s operations. It contracts both the Network Hub and the PMU. It will organize an annual event of the Network and reports the work during the year with help of others.

Grant Manager:

Friends of World Women Banking (FWWB) based in Ahmadabad is chosen as the Grants Manager of the Network and WASSAN based in Hyderabad serves as Network Hub. A selection process is on at present to choose the PMU.

The network is mandated to take up only those processes that have a clear pathway to policy change; meaning – potential to make a significant impact on nature, amount or delivery of public investments in favour of rainfed areas. Several achievements during the 1st phase of the network will provide a basis for the new road map ahead.