One dimension of development that is sometimes overlooked is the expansion of the administrative capability of the state, which allows governments to shape the country’s development by effectively implementing policies and programmes. India risks falling prey to the “state capability trap” in which the implementation capacity of the state is both severely limited and improving at a sluggish pace. To avoid this trap, it is necessary to build the capacity of the government, especially at the middle level.
Central Square Foundation strives to simultaneously encourage autonomy and provide capacity building opportunities to school administrators and institutions at the district and sub-district levels, empowering them to design needs-based intervention programmes. We aim to create a culture where data is being used regularly by government officials in the decision-making process. In the long-term, this would lead to an education delivery that is both focused on outcomes and accountable to the needs of the local community.