Stories of Change

  • Localizing the SDGs
  • Developing Capacities of Health Staff in Delhi

    In a first-of-its-kind initiative to build capacities of health professionals and strengthen public healthcare system in the country, the Health and Family Welfare department of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNDP. As part of the MoU, UNDP will provide training to 50 doctors and other staff members of the government in Supply Chain Management and Procurement processes.

  • India Election Diary 2014: Himalayan Polls Inspire Senior Electoral Officers from the Global South

    Delegates from eight countries of the League of Arab Nations, Bhutan, Kenya, Myanmar and Uganda interacted with Election Officials from Himachal Pradesh, the district administration and local voters to better understand how India’s mountain state is preparing to secure the votes of 4.8 million people.

  • India Election Diary 2014: India’s Young Voters Impress Nepal’s Poll Officials

    The palpable excitement of first-time voters, the high turnout of women electorate and the sheer scale of polling enthralled the 14-member electoral delegation from Nepal, which visited Howrah district in West Bengal to witness the seventh phase of the India’s 16th national elections.

  • India Election Diary 2014: In the Land of the Taj Mahal, India’s Democracy in Action

    3.3 million people were eligible to vote in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in the sixth phase of the general elections in India. Representatives from the Election Commissions of Lesotho, Nigeria and Malaysia were in the city on 23-24 April to witness massive administrative convergence required to organize elections in the country. UNDP and ECI are supporting 20 countries on electoral management.

  • India Election Diary 2014: Namibia’s Electoral Team Studies the Elections

    A seven member delegation from the Election Commission of Namibia visited Bangalore, Karnataka on 17 April 2014 to witness the country’s impressive election management. The visit was organized as part of a partnership between UNDP and ECI to further South-South cooperation on electoral management.

  • Space and Presence: Women and the Media in India

    A two-day consultation (4-5 Feb 2014) supported by UNDP brought together some of the most powerful women in India’s media, policymakers and activists, to provide inputs to the High Level Committee on the Status of Women. Constituted more than four decades after the last High Level Committee on the Status of Women, the Committee set up by the Government of India, examines the status of women in contemporary India and assesses the impact of policy and legislation on women’s equality. The ‘Women and Media’ consultation was part of a series of consultations held since 2013 supported by UNDP.

  • Managing Elections, Strengthening Democracy: Learning from the India Experience

    Over 50 million people voted in state elections in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Their progress was watched by a delegation of 21 representatives from eight countries including South Sudan, Nigeria, Guinea Bissau, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Senegal and the Gambia. This sharing of knowledge was made possible through a partnership between the Election Commission of India and the United Nations Development Programme which aims to to promote exchange of experience and expertise in the field of electoral management and administration with other countries.

  • A Space for Women’s Voices : Unique Gram Sabhas in Madhya Pradesh Empower Women

    UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj is developing capacities of elected women representatives in Umaria district, Madhya Pradesh in local governance; generating awareness of both men and women on gender issues, helping communities secure access to entitlements and improving information on agricultural practices and sanitation facilities in the district.

  • From Entitlement to Reality : Tribal Communities Use the Right to Information Act to Secure Justice

    In partnership with the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, the project is helping poor and marginalized communities in Odisha access justice by enhancing legal awareness and supporting national and local justice delivery institutions.

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