UNDP India Blogs

      • India- Women in Leadership Programme | Sumeeta Banerji

        08 Aug 2012

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        Inaugural Speech by Rajasthan governor Margaret Alva. [PHOTO: IIM-Bangalore]

        I was recently invited to speak at the inaugural session of the India- Women in Leadership Programme being held at IIM-Bangalore. This powerful course, jointly designed by IIM-B and CSR, has an equally apt abbreviation - the i-WiL programme. That captures the motivation of the course designers, the intent of its partners and the potential transformation that the students of the course have signed up for. As a woman myself, I have often pondered over the obvious paradox in India – between the empowered women who have occupied numerous seats of power in the country and how this has failed to impact the status of women more generally in the country. Over the centuries, indian women have made a mark for themselves – as administrators, politicians, artists, writers and poets, philosophers, activists. However, disempowerment and its many facets and consequences continue to affect a majority of women even today. The 10-week, first ever certificate course in political leadership, India-Women in Leadership Programme of the Centre for Public Policy, IIM-Bangalore and Centre for Social Research, New Delhi, was inaugurated by Rajasthan governor Margaret Alva. Women constitute 19 percent of the members of parliaments around the world; an increase from 11.3 percent in Read More

      • Findings from Delhi Cash Transfers Pilot Study | Shefali Misra

        16 Jul 2012

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        Photo: Tom Pietrasik/ UNDP India

        The Food and Civil Supply Minister called a meeting in his chamber to review the Cash in lieu of PDS study undertaken by Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) under the UNDP supported Innovative Support to Social protection project. Alexandra Solovieva, Deputy Country Director (Programmes), UNDP India and I attended this review meeting. SEWA, UNDP's institutional partner which undertook the PDS study in Raghubir Nagar sought a meeting with the Minister Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Delhi and presented the end line research findings of the UNDP supported pilot. UNDP and Mission Convergence were invited. The study findings point to the conclusion that women who received cash made better food choices (such as buying more protein rich food such as eggs and meat). The cash also enhanced their ability to access private health care and did not result in the money being used for wasteful expenditure (such as on alcohol). The Food and Civil Supply Minister Mr. Haroon Yusuf and the Food Commissioner Mr. Dharampal remarked that the study was significantly positive in its outcomes and was indicative that people utilize cash very effectively. They thanked SEWA and UNDP for the successful research. This PDS study has enhanced relevance in the light Read More

      • UNDP’s Support to Rajasthan Mission on Skill and Livelihoods | Alexandra Solovieva

        02 Jul 2012

        UNDP’s Support to Rajasthan Mission on Skill and Livelihoods | Alexandra Solovieva
        Photo: UNDP India

        UNDP’s support to the RMOL project (Rajasthan Mission on Skill and Livelihoods) since 2004, recently culminated in a terminal evaluation that found it highly satisfactory in all dimensions. On 28 June, 2012, I attended the state level dissemination workshop at which the findings of the evaluation were discussed. In the workshop in Jaipur, attended by the State Minister, Primary and Secondary Education Mangi Lal Garasia; former Chief Secretary who has looked after RMOL from its establishment; Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment; Managing Director of RSLDC (to succeed RMOL); Senior Vice President of BASICS, other officials, evaluation findings were shared and way forward discussed, including good experiences on skills and livelihoods. RMOL has demonstrated good results with strong government’s ownership, institutionalizing RMOL as RSLDC (Rajasthan Skill and Livelihood Development Corporation), and allocating significant government’s resources to this work, to the tune of Rs. 140 crore in the 12th Five-Year Plan. The mission mode created in Rajasthan was replicated nationally through NRLM. Good practices and models were created on skill development that can be replicated, e.g. our planned work in Assam, as well as with IKEA in Rajasthan itself and in other states. The evaluation in fact recommended that UNDP can support similar Read More