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We received online applications from 33 countries and 18 different states of India for the 20 places available for the camp. We selected 20 participants from these applications and 4 participants backed out at the last moment due to their personal difficulties. The camp was also GENDER NEUTRAL with 8 female and 8 male participants

16 young participants from 5 different countries - Thailand, Bangladesh, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Philippines and 8 different states of India participated in International Rural Development Immersion Camp 2018 sponsored and organised by Lok Sahbhagi Sansthan in partnership with Changemakers Development Expertise held at the Institute of Development Studies , Jaipur, Rajasthan, India from April 16-20, 2018.

IRDIC Program team, participants and guests on inaugaration day

IRDIC 2018

International Rural Development Immersion Camp (IRDIC 2018) was a first of its kind of program conducted in India to provide global youth with a robust grounding in development concepts and theories, and equip participants with the analytical and practical skills they need to engage critically in development activities and debates from an interdisciplinary perspective.

India being a young nation with half of its population below 25, is the worlds largest democracy and is likely to have the world’s largest workforce by 2027, with a billion people aged between 15 and 64. This also meant youth are the source of development with tremendous potential to bring social change.

We believe that its high time to engage Global youth towards building a sustainable future and help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. For this we need to educate,expose and train youth towards achieving these objectives. So, we conducted this camp to make this happen.





Rural development, village, social change

PRA - Participatory Rural Appraisal


RRA - Rapid Rural Appraisal

PHC - Primary Health Centre


UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)

Major Development Models -

1.Grameen Bank (Microfinance)

2.AMUL (Milk cooperative - White revolution)

Major Government schemes:

1. National Health Policy


3. Smart Village

4. Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

5. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

Rural Banking

Rural Entrepreneurship

Food Security

Water Security

Agriculture Policy

Farmers Suicide in India

Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs)

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Program schedule
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This 5 day camp focused on Rural development, youth leadership, and social change. It served as a launchpad for aspiring youth to contribute to development sector of their respective countries.

16 participants from all across the nation and the world came together and stayed, learnt and experienced the rural India. The program hosted notable speakers including external guest lectures, faculties, bureaucrats, young achievers and policy makers.

The IRDIC 2018 was carefully designed to deliver comprehensive learning, exposure, and mentorship to the future global youth leaders.

Program Highlights:

  • 5 day camp in Jaipur District, Rajasthan.

  • ​​Engage with guest lectures, faculties, bureaucrats, young achievers and policy makers and many more.

  • Experience Rural India with practical work, community interactions, field immersion, group activities, site visits etc.

  • Learn from leading development sector professionals and not for profit leaders through interactive discussions, one-to-one interactions and engagements. 

  • Connect with youth from across the country and world, grassroots workers, policy makers, and various stakeholders in development sector.

  • Enjoy & Explore Jaipur - Sariska Tiger Reserve, Bonfire, Cultural night and much more.

Organizing Partner for IRDIC 2018: Changemakers Development Expertise
List of Academic and Knowledge partners for IRDIC 2018:
1. Indira Gandhi Panchayati Raj & Gramin Vikas Sansthan (I.G.P.R. & G.V.S.), Jaipur, Rajasthan.
2. Institute of Development studies, Jaipur.
3. Shiv Charan Mathur Social Policy Research Institute, Jaipur.
4. Budget Analysis Rajasthan Centre, Jaipur.
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Daywise deatils of IRDIC 2018:
Day 1: Orientation, Introduction and Sessions.
Day 2: Rural field immersion and exposure and Practical work on PRA.
Day 3: Sessions and group activities and participant presentations & local Jaipur excursion.
Day 4: Rural site visits - Panchayat, Dairy, etc. & Sariska Tiger reserve.
Day 5: Brainstorming & Policy memo preparation by participants, Valedictory & certificate distribution.
The policy memo prepared together by all the participants based on their experiences gained from the camp and using their previous academic and professional knowledge regarding rural development issues and challenges was forwarded to Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and various other government departments and stakeholders in development sector through joint efforts of LSS and CMDExpertise.
Future of IRDIC 2018:
The level of enthusiasm and interest shown by global youth towards rural development is really commendable and we are eager to have this camp again. We intend to conduct this camp once every year or in two years.
Please fill the form below to show your interest in the next version of IRDIC 2018. We will work on the challenges we faced this time in the camp to make it more impactful and better for next time.

Program plan: April 16-20, 2018

Naveen kumar Samuel Kori
Program Designer & Facilitator
Changemakers Development Expertise
Gopal Singh
Program Coordinator
Lok Sahbhagi Sansthan
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