Thursday, June 23 2022

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2022—The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a $47 million project to support the Government of India Karmayogi Missiona national civil service capacity building programme.

There are nearly 18 million civil servants employed across India, with around two-thirds of them at the state and local government level. While India has steadily improved its performance over the past decade, thanks to the implementation of Karmayogi Mission the government aims to make the nation’s civil service force more forward-looking and capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century. This includes a focus on problem solving, collaboration across borders, strong communication and networking skills.

The Bank’s financing aims to support the Government’s objectives of strengthening the functional and behavioral skills of about four million civil servants. It will focus on three components: the development and implementation of competency frameworks; the development of an integrated learning platform; and program monitoring, evaluation and management.

“The performance of India’s public sector is key to building back better after the impacts of COVID-19 and to achieving its growth and inclusion goals,” said Hideki Mori, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Country Director, India, World Bank. “There is a well-established link between institutional quality and economic growth – strong public institutions underpin successful economic growth and development.”

The project is aligned with the India Partnership Framework (CPF) FY18–22 which includes strengthening public sector institutions as one of the World Bank’s four areas of engagement in India. The project is also aligned with the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity, as building the capacity of government officials to implement policy priorities and deliver effective services is essential to achieving these goals.

“The project will support Mission Karmyogi developing competency frameworks for central ministries, departments and agencies, developing an online training platform capable of delivering targeted training content and evaluating and measuring the effectiveness of the training provided,” said Vikram Menon, World Bank team leader for the project. “This will help build new capacity within the public sector in India.”

The $47 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has a final maturity of 11 years, including a grace period of 4.5 years.

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