UNDP in India: Results from 201113 Mar 2012
The UNDP India Annual Report for 2011 highlights results of UNDP’s partnership with the Government of India and other stakeholders across our five programme areas-poverty reduction and livelihoods, democratic, decentralized governance, environment and energy, disaster risk reduction, and HIV and development.
As we reflect on 2011, it is clear that this has been an exciting year for the India Country Office. Across the country discussions have intensified on the nature and pace of economic growth, rising inequalities and approaches to securing sustainable development. UNDP India has engaged on several of these complex issues including the inclusive growth imperative, equitable and sustainable human development, low-carbon climate-resilient growth, south-south cooperation and new partnerships for change.
UNDP India has been commended by national partners for its strategic and catalytic policy support to inform several of these discussions underway. Support to the formulation of the 12th Five-Year Plan focused on key areas of policy dialogue that can enable more inclusive and sustainable growth. These included – decentralized governance, gender and macroeconomics and disaster management.
A consultation with the Planning Commission aimed to contribute to these debates on inclusive growth by arriving at a conceptual understanding of an inclusive growth framework that addresses the needs of people persistently excluded from the development process. A UNDP supported study computed a first-ever Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index for 19 Indian states highlighting how inequalities in income, education and health attainments are reducing human development gains.
As an acknowledgement of UNDP’s flagship work on human development, a noteworthy achievement of 2011 has been the launch of a new collaboration with the Planning Commission that will focus on a fresh round of state level reports aimed at addressing inequality. Ahead of the UNFCCC in Durban, a UNDP and Ministry of Environment and Forests workshop brought together leading experts to share best practices and enabled a deeper understanding of climate technology needs and mechanisms critical to shape technology cooperation on climate change.
UNDP’s strength in policy support is derived from strong partnerships on the ground and prototypes that provide innovative approaches for scale. For example, a women’s empowerment prototype in Eastern Uttar Pradesh in partnership with the IKEA Foundation is set to be scaled-up to four states, reaching out to over 2.2 million women and their families. The award winning UNDP-Global Environment Facility prototype with the Ministry of Steel has been able to encourage numerous small scale entrepreneurs across the country to adopt energy saving practices that result in a 30 percent reduction in energy costs in steel re-rolling processes, which account for over 50 percent of the steel produced in the country.
As UNDP India works towards a new programming cycle (2013-2017), our planning process coincides with a critical juncture in India’s development and progress. India is a middle income country and is clearly a key player on the global stage. However, overcoming development challenges to ensure millions are able to partake of the country’s growth, remains a key concern as outlined in the Approach Paper to the 12th Five- Year Plan. The next UNDAF (2013-17) which has been signed with the Government of India aims to address these challenges. Based on the UNDAF and building on learnings from three Outcome Evaluations, UNDP has also responded with a strong and focused strategy outlined in the next Country Programme Document (2013-17). A stakeholder meeting in November last year endorsed UNDP’s core areas of focus – inclusive growth and poverty reduction, democratic decentralized governance, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction, and gender and inclusion.
As we reflect on our achievements over the last year, it is also necessary to acknowledge the support of the Government of India, and in particular UNDP’s nodal partner in the Government, the Department of Economic Affairs. We thank the Government for outstanding partnership.
2011 has been a year of committed partnerships where ideas, resources and skills from across India and the world have converged to support a range of exciting initiatives. Many thanks are also due to the dedication of partners from civil society, private sector and the donor community. These results would not have been possible without the commitment and hard work of our staff across the country.
Despite these achievements we remain mindful of the challenging environment in which we function. Donor funds are shrinking in light of the financial crisis and UNDP is being challenged to provide evidence of its relevance through results. The UNDP Administrator has called for us to move from “good to great” and do more with less. UNDP in India has responded effectively to internal change processes by developing systems that will enable a more efficient, streamlined and resultsoriented Office in the years to come.
UNDP in India remains dedicated to supporting India’s development priorities. 2011 has been an excellent year and we look forward to the year to come.