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ABOUT B.CLIP

The B.PAC Civic Leadership Incubator Program (B.CLIP) is B.PAC's flagship initiative that intends to create a pool of informed civic leaders who will actively engage in ward level management and administration of the City to improve governance. B.PAC will select, then train, mentor and support individuals through a structured class-room and field projects programme.These individuals can either contest municipal corporation elections or engage with the elected representativesor even help in individual capacity as a concerned citizen to enable better governance. B.PAC will equip candidates with skills in public policy analysis, municipal administration, political landscape, election dynamics and other relevant knowledge.

The B.CLIP incubator project intends to create a network of candidates that B.PAC and other civil society organizations can work with to solve civic issues and those found suitable can be endorsed in elections. B.CLIP aims to provide a platform for passionate citizens to enter public service and act as a pressure group to bring in transparency and accountability into the political and administrative system.

OBJECTIVE & GOALS

  • To provide a platform for passionate citizens to enter political/public service
  • Create leadership capacity at the municipal level to enable better city governance
  • To create a cadre of good civic leaders who
  • Have an interest in public service
  • Understand the complexities and dynamics of managing a ward, a city and its activities
  • Will engage with citizens and work on ward wise inputs for city improvement
  • Aspire to public offices in the city
  • Will govern with capability and integrity
  • Will act as representatives of citizens in the interaction with the political leadership of the city
  • Will participate in the political process to improve governance

THE PROGRAM

The B.CLIP program is a comprehensive mix of theory, practical and on-field activities intended to provide the participants an overview of the political system, public policy and public administration. The curriculum design and class room sessions is done by Takshashila Institution in consultation and coordination with B.PAC

The program is divided into two phases

PHASE I - TRAINING (3 MONTHS)

Theory track

Basics of theory and knowledge that underpins urban governance, urbanization, policy engineering, economic reasoning, decision making in government, ethics of public leadership and more

Practice track

Practical aspects of city administration, politics and electoral dynamics; Agenda for Bengaluru; municipal setup; inter-agency and intra-agency dynamics of BBMP; case studies in public problems, city politics, managing political campaigns and more

Field track

Individual and group exercises in home constituencies for participants to understand the complexity of public problems, safety of women, Parking, Road repair , Waste management and more

Field visit

Field visit is intended to give participants an exposure to the institutional process in BBMP for infrastructure projects, challenges encountered at the ground level and how they overcome the hurdles to complete and open it for public utilization.Field visit introduce B.CLIP participants to the aspect of urban civic infrastructure conceptualizing, planning, co-ordinating, execution and monitoring the work.

PHASE II - PROJECT (6 MONTHS)

After completion the three months classroom sessions, the participants will do a project which is an in-depth application of class room learning to a real life problem at the ward level. A B.PAC senior member will mentor and will support the participant in the project. B.PAC will also provide necessary financial support as needed.

The participants are expected to

  • Create a vision for the ward
  • Identify and create a database of civic issues that exist in the ward
  • Take up one major issue and work with stake holders to create a positive outcome
  • Network with people and assist them in solving other ward level civic issues.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Classroom sessions run for 3-4 hours each, two sessions a week, generally during weekends
  • The three tracks of Theory, Practice & Field will run concurrently.
  • Class room sessions will be help by a panel of academicians/experts/practitioners well versed in the areas of their expertise.
  • All sessions will be held primarily in Kannada.
  • 85% percent attendance is compulsory
  • Class participation and a final exercise on creating a vision for the ward – WARD MANIFESTO ACTION PLAN will be used to assess the participants
  • After successful completion of the project the participant will be awarded a certificate of completion.