The Programme

The District Development Fellowship has been designed to provide a platform for young professionals to contribute to the strategic planning, training and capacity building of stakeholders, ground-level implementation of interventions while also conducting research and documentation of state initiatives in Punjab. Up to 23 outstanding young men and women with a significant record of achievement and with strong promise would be inducted as District Development Fellows.


The key takeaways for a fellow include, but not limited to


  • Understanding of the structure and functioning of public administration
  • Experience of working towards social welfare and economic development at large scale
  • Skill in stakeholder management through implementation of government policies and schemes
  • Professional development through guidance from experienced and senior decision-makers
  • Connection to a broad network of development institutions and actors

The fellows will be responsible for the following


  • Monitoring and supporting the key initiatives of the Department of Governance Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of Punjab
  • Improving the transparency, efficiency, and service delivery across different schemes and departments.
  • Facilitating coordination and dialogue between various stakeholders of the district for inter-sectoral convergence
  • Streamlining the district-level implementation of process re-engineering initiatives originating at the state level
  • Supporting Deputy Commissioners in research, adaptation, and implementation of successful administrative practices at the district level.
  • Prepare and share regular progress updates (monthly and weekly) with the Department of Governance Reforms and the Programme Team.