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Member Profiles - Kamal Singh

Head, Governance & Social Justice
British Council, India

Kamal.singh@in.britishcouncil.org
www.britishcouncil.org.in/rights www.britishcouncilonline.org

Summary:

Result-oriented team leader with excellent skills in project/training design and management, contract negotiation and management, strategic planning, networking and relationships building.

Extensive experience of developing partnerships with key influencers and decision-makers in central/State governments, institutions, academics, NGOs and international agencies in women's rights, child rights, governance, social justice and corporate social responsibility. Good analytical, communication and inter-personal skills. Experience of financial management, systems, project monitoring and evaluation to promote innovative practice.

Track record of growing British Council's and UK's reputation with a range of partners and clients.


Education:

  • MA (Public Administration), University of Panjab
  • BSc (Botany Honours), Miranda House, University of Delhi
  • Higher Secondary from St. Thomas' School, New Delhi

Award:

Honoured with the award of MBE by the UK Government in 2002 for work in gender equality, child rights and public sector reforms.

Work experience:

1989-to date: Head, Governance & Social Justice India
British Council, New Delhi, India
(previously Management Projects Manager)

Current job involves designing BC all-India strategy in governance, developing a portfolio of training projects, relationships and partnerships. This includes project design, through to negotiations to secure funding, contracting UK/Indian resource, relationships management, monitoring and evaluation. Clients have included:

  • UK's Department for International Development
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • European Union
  • Ford Foundation.
  • UNDP (through Department of Administrative Reforms)

Indian partners include:

  • National/State Human Rights Commission (eg Punjab)
  • Women Studies Centres and law faculties at various universities
  • Bureau of Police Research & Development, State Police Departments in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh etc and police training institutes
  • Management education institutes, State Institutes of Administration
  • Disability rights groups and agencies
  • National Judicial Academy
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie

Developed and currently nurturing networks of professionals for social change:

  1. Women Studies Network: comprising 24 university centres, with products and services, through face to face and virtual contact. Areas of focus: Violence against women, Women in Leadership, women and ICTs, gender budgeting and inter-generational issues.

  2. Legal Education Network: provides skills development programmes for law teachers, advocacy skills for lawyers and exchange of persons on developments in criminal justice reforms, judicial training etc.

  3. Corporate Social Responsibility network: for management educators to promote curriculum development in CSR and ethics.

  4. Disability Network: in the lead-up to the UN Convention on Disabiilty, through consultations with NGOs and State agencies, and programmes in the area of disability and sport, employment for the persons with disability etc.

Expanding work, skills and services in on-line engagement with target audience in above networks as well as amongst the community of young people.

Some examples of my recent work in project/training management and event management are listed below:

  1. Gender Planning Training Project (GPTP): Project value: �0.6 million
    The purpose was to mainstream gender issues in development planning and practice, through developing gender training capacity in India. The participating States were: UP, MP, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. 80 trainers were trained over 4 years, and a '4-week 'Training of Trainers' course has been introduced at the Mussoorie academy. A national calendar of one-week courses on 'Gender and Development' has also been established. Impact indicators include changes in primary textbooks to remove stereotyped images of girls/women, changes in cooperative act to include women cooperatives, design of women's policy in 3 participating States etc. Effective project management acknowledged by UK and Indian partners in a publication. (UK partner: Institute of Development Studies, Sussex)

  2. Gender and Law: Project value �0.5 million
    Developed a trainer resource of 43 judicial officers sponsored by 17 High courts, as gender trainers, in consultation with the Chief Justice of India and National Judicial Academy. These trainers delivered 3-day judicial colloquia on this theme across 12 locations to train 1000+ judicial officers. (UK partner: University of Warwick)

  3. Women in Leadership and Decision-making:
    Project value: �85,000, to develop the capacity of elected women councillors in 3 States (Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan). 40 trainers have been trained, who have developed a 3-day orientation module to train 1200 elected women. Impact indicators include improved participation by women, many of whom were elected for the first time, increased awareness and confidence building. (UK partner: Mantra Consultancy)

  4. Women in Police: Project value �100,000 - to develop a trainer resource to introduce Springboard women's development programme piloted in 8 States to train women police of various ranks. This led to work on equal opportunities within the police service and the First National Conference for Women in Police, in which the Union Home Minister made a commitment to follow through this work within each State. (UK resource: Springboard Consultancy and British Association of Women Police).

  5. Public Education Programmes in Child Rights and Child Protection: Project value: �38,000 UK's multi-agency approach in child protection was introduced in MP, Punjab, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra through short workshops. Punjab's interest to learn from UK was formulated in to an FCO-funded project, to train district trainers from amongst police, education and health authorities, to design and run a series of public education programmes. Impact indicators include communities starting child helplines, children supporting education for disadvantaged children, better provision of services for child victims.

  6. Listen to women's vote: to share UK's women in politics experience through an interactive series in 5 cities in India, to raise the concerns of women voters and women contestants, organised with the National Commission for Women and local partners. UK resource was the Fawcett Society.

  7. TC training projects: value �2 million plus, through which I have established partnerships between Indian and UK institutions, in a range of subject areas such as Total Quality Management, women's enterprise development, public services management etc.

I have excellent training, facilitation and presentation skills. I also have experience of working with the private sector, and of teaching in a local polytechnic. Since 1989 I have managed teams comprising 3 to 5 junior/middle management colleagues. Good at motivating and training the team in new areas and systems. My team values my leadership and management style, as I believe in shared learning opportunities for growth.

Publications:

Co-edited Development of Micro enterprises by Women, a collection of case studies and papers presented at the Regional Workshop on Micro-enterprises by women, organised by the British Council with IIM Ahmedabad, 1992

Designed Perceptions on Gender, a British Council publication of the creative poster competition

Designed She too can build and mould the nation, a training manual for elected women councillors in Punjab

Compiled project documentation of Human Rights and Prisons Management, with key learning materials

Compiled project documentation of Counselling skills for agents of social change, with key learning materials

Written several articles relating to gender issues in British Council in-house publications, such as The Network Newsletter

Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi
Interests: Walking, Meditation and Writing