Rural Development: Principles, Policies and Management comprehensively addresses the basic concepts, elements, paradigms, determinants, policy instruments, strategies, programs, and management of rural development. The book emphasizes, in particular, the pivotal role of human resources as both a means and an end of development. New pedagogical featuers have been added in the Third Edition, including 'Learning Outcomes' at the start of each chapter, and 'Main Points' summaries and 'Questions for Discussion' at the end of chapters.

Organising for Rural Development

Organising for rural development

Learning Outcomes

After having gone through this chapter, students should be able to

  • define the term ‘organisation’ and examine the role of organisations in rural development;
  • explain various organisational models and their relevance in India's context;
  • list some important criteria for designing an appropriate organisation and
  • critically examine the suitability of government organisations, panchayati raj institutions (PRIs), cooperatives and voluntary agencies (VAs)/non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and corporations for promoting rural development.


By ‘organising for rural development’, we mean (a) designing appropriate organisational structures; (b) facilitating desirable human behaviour within the organisation; and (c) organising the clientele of a programme, such that the stated goals of the organisation and/or the programme under consideration are achieved as efficiently as possible.

The term ‘organisation’ is derived from the ...

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