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Airport Authority of India (AAI) and United Nations Develop Programme (UNDP) launch new partnership

Francine Pickup and Sanjeev Jindal_1


4 October 2018, New Delhi – The Airport Authority of India (AAI) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in India have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) on a new partnership to enhance livelihood opportunities and provide better living standards to communities living close to airports in India.

Airports boost local economic development by creating jobs within their ecosystems and attracting new businesses. However, due to unplanned land use and haphazard growth, economic development around airports remains low, creating slum like settlements in the airport vicinity. Addressing this, the partnership will focus on adopting a holistic ecosystem-based approach with human development at the centre and enable the environment for sustainable economic and social development, especially  for women.

Acknowledging the interdependence between institutions and communities, the partnership, will adopt and empower community clusters around airports. Speaking about the collaborative initiative, Francine Pickup, UNDP Country Director in India, said, “India’s airports have grown rapidly in line with the country’s growth and economic standing. This initiative is important because it seeks to support the social and economic development of the disadvantaged communities around those airports.”

Sanjeev Jindal, General Manager, Engineering and CSR at Airports Authority of India noted, “Following a holistic ecosystem-based approach that keeps human development at the centre of its interventions, the partnership will work toward creating an enabling environment for sustainable economic and social development, with special focus on women and children.”

The project will start with the airports of Ranchi and Guwahati that have witnessed a tremendous growth in passenger traffic in the last few years. Though despite fast economic growth in those cities, the development in villages around the airport is extremely low. These villages lack access to basic amenities like roads, education, drinking water, health care, and job opportunities. To address these issues, this partnership seeks to make interventions in the areas of health, education, livelihood options, skill development and disaster management in the selected villages, in order to improve the living standards of the people.

About UNDP India:

On the ground in 177 countries and territories, UNDP helps to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from democratic governance to poverty eradication, to sustainable energy and environmental management. UNDP’s programmes are aligned with national priorities and are reviewed and adjusted annually.

About Airport Authority of India:

Airports Authority of India (AAI) was constituted by an Act of Parliament and came into being on 1st April 1995 by merging erstwhile National Airports Authority and International Airports Authority of India. The merger brought into existence a single Organization entrusted with the responsibility of creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure both on the ground and air space in the country.

AAI through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy is continuously working on providing a better tomorrow and is committed towards holistic welfare of the society by undertaking CSR activities with a primary focus on integrated community development, education, health, disaster management and environment conversation.

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