Secretariat support for India
Public Sector Governance
The Secretariat hosted an Advanced Online Training in Government Performance Management for Asia in February 2021, covering key aspects of performance management. The training was primarily aimed at senior Government officials and focused on design and implementation of performance management systems that contribute to more effective government. The regional online training was attended by 12 officials from India.
The training provided an overview of the knowledge and skills required to design and implement systems to improve government performance, and on the necessary training resources. The course also offered practical tools and techniques to improve systems of performance management in government, focusing on developing a results-based performance management system and equipping participants with knowledge and expertise in using Strategic Management and Accountability for Results (SMART), a proprietary software developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Countering violent extremism
The Secretariat helped India share best practice on how to involve young people in preventing violent extremism and building strong communities. Officials from local government, civil society and non-governmental organisations took part in the training.
India’s Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development used the Commonwealth’s Youth Mainstreaming Guide to help it with planning. In June 2018, the Commonwealth helped the institute develop a youth work qualification.
The Secretariat helped India set up youth workers’ associations using its 12-step guide.
Senior officials from India worked with the Secretariat to develop plans to encourage young people to set up businesses.
The Secretariat engaged with India’s National Health Agency to share experience on setting up health insurance for people living in poverty.
5 debt managers from India were trained on the Commonwealth Secretariat's new debt management system, Meridian.
India is a member of the Regulatory Connectivity cluster of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. The Connectivity Agenda is a platform for countries to exchange best practices and experiences to trade and investment and undertake domestic reform.
India in the Commonwealth
India’s Kamalesh Sharma became Commonwealth Secretary-General in 2008. In 2012, the Commonwealth of Learning appointed Professor Asha Kanwar as its President and Chief Executive Officer.
12 Indians have been regional winners in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, while 3 have taken the Best Book or Best First Book awards.
In 1993, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative established its HQ in New Delhi.