Realizing the need to make governance mechanisms more accountable to the poor, SSP has consciously invested in a wide-ranging capacity building effort involving key stakeholders: women's groups, elected members, administratorsand policy makers. This is an on-going and continuous process. Practical learning through study tours, visits to best practice projects, hands-on training and demonstration projects are some of the ways in which elected members [men and women] and women's groups get trained.

For the last two years, over 5000 representatives belonging to Gram Panchayats, women's groups and communities are at the center of the learning and convergence approach on training for local governance. The result is active women's groups and elected which can participate in prioritization of needs through PRAs, lead self- monitoring systems to monitor basic services and plan for judicious utilization of resources.

Today, women's collectives are perceived as key actors in the community planning. Women leaders and elected members have developed varied expertise as community organizers, initiators of demand-driven basic services and facilitate monitoring of plans and allocations. Other roles include voicing needs/ concerns in Gram Sabhas and in dialogue workshops with officials.