• Who sets the Agenda?

    Using a Government of India–UNDP project on natural resources as a case study, this film aims to create awareness about the importance of participatory monitoring and evaluation (PME) as a tool to improve implementation and results and to improve participation and ownership in any developmental programme or project in India.

  • One Day on Earth (12.12.12): Voices of the Marginalized- Sundergarh, Odisha

    The video, shot on 12.12.12, as part of the Global One Day on Earth project, captures voices of the people of the district and shows how UNDP’s partnership with the Government of Odisha is bringing about change, in an area where 65 percent of the population live in poverty.

  • From Purdah to Panchayats- Breaking Barriers

    From Purdah to Panchayats- Breaking Barriers documents the successful strategies adopted under the ‘Capacity Building of Elected women Representatives and Panchayat Functionaries ‘ project of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj , Government of India , and the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), India. It places the project and its successes from 10 states, against the broader background of reservation for women in decentralization governance and women’s empowerment.

  • Pate ki Baat Panchayat ke Saath
  • Swaraj in Piplantri: Building Capacity in Local Self-Governance

    The video shows how UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj is bringing about transformational change in Piplantri gram panchayat in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. As a result of the partnership and active participation of villagers in panchayat meetings, the village has been able to get regular water and electricity supply; the number of anganwaadi centres have increased from three to nine; two solar pumps have been installed to ensure regular water supply; check dams have been constructed to recharge water in the wells; and every house has a tap that supplies regular drinking water.

  • From Rags to Riches: Hiware Bazaar in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

    This is the story of Hiware Bazaar, a village in Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. From a village with 90 percent poverty and per capita income of only INR 842 in 1989, the village today boasts of a per capita income of INR 28,000. In addition, steps taken to recharge groundwater through rainwater and artificial re-harvesting not only brought up the groundwater from 50 feet to 5-10 feet, but also made it a water surplus area. The village was also recognized with a National Water Award from the Ministry of Water Resources for its commendable work in groundwater recharging.

  • Gyan Devi, Elected Panchayat Member, Gyanpur Village  Village Nonra

    Elected panchayat member, Gyan Devi from village Gyanpur in East Uttar Pradesh is one of over 200 women elected to the local panchayat in project districts supported by the UNDP Swaayam project. In this video, she describes her journey – from a quiet, shy woman to an articulate leader determined to fulfill the aspirations of her family and community.

  • UNDP Calls for the Formation of a Caucus of Women Political Leaders across Party Lines

    UNDP called for the formation of a caucus of women political leaders across party lines to enhance women’s participation within political parties and to advocate for the Women’s Reservation Bill as a collective voice at the Roundtable on Women’s Participation in Politics on 12 October 2012. In discussion with parliamentarians, social activists and grassroots leaders at the roundtable, organized by UNDP, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator, Rebeca Grynspan said, “More diverse participation in politics is not only good for women but is key for society and a strong democracy.” The roundtable also gave an opportunity to women to discuss how social norms and patriarchal mindsets were preventing them from entering politics. India ranks 129 out of 147 countries on UNDP’s Gender Equality Index, lower than all South Asian countries except Afghanistan at 141. One of the key factors pulling down India’s rank on this index is the low level women’s representation in Parliament at just under 11 percent.

  • India - A Ray of Hope in Times of Economic Crisis

    A pioneering piece of legislation that recognises work as a fundamental right and guarantees 100 days of employment a year to people in rural areas is emerging as a ray of hope for India’s poor, who have been left even more vulnerable by the aftershocks of the global economic crisis.

  • India’s Growth Story Synonymous with Innovations and Technology

    In a message to the participants of the E-Gov Campus 2013, Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative reiterates the importance of technology in reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Resident Coordinator also stresses the need to do more to use technology and e-governance for sustainable development and to ensure that nations are able to collaborate better for a shared future.

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