Stories of Change

  • Living with Dignity; HIV-sensitive Social Protection in IndiaLiving with Dignity; HIV-sensitive Social Protection in IndiaUNDP in partnership with India’s National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and state AIDS Control Societies, has implemented a multi-pronged strategy to strengthen social protection to support affected communities in becoming resilient and coping better with the impact of HIV. Its supported states like Rajasthan, in taking steps to extend social protection to people living with HIV. As of 2015, over 9,00,000 people infected and affected by HIV have benefited from the government’s social protection schemes including pensions, scholarships, subsidized travel allowances to treatment centres and food subsidies.

  • Ad‘venturing’ into VolunteeringAd‘venturing’ into VolunteeringWith the changing times, the scope and definition of volunteering has expanded to cater to the varying needs of communities and volunteers. It may not always be in the garb of selfless service but can also be exciting and fun for volunteers while simultaneously working for the betterment of the community. For many years, adventure sports have provided the space to address this gap. India’s National Youth Policy 2014 stresses on the impact of sports, particularly adventure sports, in the development of youth. Activities like trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, etc. can bring young people together for their own as well as the community’s development.

  • Easing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s BiodiversityEasing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s BiodiversityUNDP has partnered with the Government of Tamil Nadu to demonstrate the possibilities of conserving the environment and encouraging sustainable development processes in the Gulf of Mannar.

  • Mar 10, 2016Conference on South-South CooperationSouth- South Cooperation has emerged as a mechanism that fosters mutual benefit, recognises sovereign identities and engages fellow developing countries in variety of linear linkages. The upcoming conference will discuss key emerging issues facing South-South cooperation.

  • India's Job Guarantee Act Emerging as a Ray of Hope in Global MeltdownIndia's Job Guarantee Act Emerging as a Ray of Hope in Global MeltdownWith UNDP India’s support in implementing the job guarantee programme in Chhattisgarh, many affected by the global economic crisis, have become aware of the right to work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and how to avail this pioneering piece of legislation.

  • Too Much or Too Little: Communities Adapt to Extreme Weather Conditions in OdishaToo Much or Too Little: Communities Adapt to Extreme Weather Conditions in OdishaA UNDP partnership with the government of Odisha supported by the Australian Agency for International Development is enabling communities in Puri district to adapt to extreme weather events.

  • Spreading Like Wild Fire: Forest Dwelling Communities Use Smokeless Cook Stoves Spreading Like Wild Fire: Forest Dwelling Communities Use Smokeless Cook StovesClose to 2000 households in Karnataka, India are addressing climate change by installing smokeless stoves in their homes. It is reducing carbon dioxide emissions and firewood consumption, and improving the health of these forest dwelling communities

  • People, Processes and Products: Intelligent Vaccine Management in India People, Processes and Products: Intelligent Vaccine Management in IndiaOn a three-day visit to India, GAVI CEO Seth Berkley witnessed first hand, a technological innovation that’s making it possible to effectively and efficiently track vaccines in the country.

  • Green Harvest: Organic Farming along the Maharashtra CoastlineGreen Harvest: Organic Farming along the Maharashtra CoastlineSystem of Rice Intensification technology, introduced by UNDP and Government of Maharashtra, has affected an increase of rice yield per gram by nearly 40-80 percent while reducing the need for irrigation by up to 40 percent. The farming technology is also increasing family incomes from INR 20,000 to 70,000 per season.

  • Fishing for the Future: Fishermen on India's West Coast Lead the WayFishing for the Future: Fishermen on India's West Coast Lead the WayFishermen along India’s western coast are now using square mesh nets and practicing sustainable marine fishing. It is earning them higher incomes, protecting marine biodiversity and paving the way for policy change in one of the country’s most important fishing coastlines.

  • The Sun in the KitchenThe Sun in the KitchenThe UNDP and Government of India partnership is providing support to institutions such as the RK Mission Home to encourage wider spread use of the technology which has proved immensely popular for in community cooking. Over the last two years, the rate of installation of solar concentrated heating systems has more than doubled. Over the next three years, the project aims to install 45,000 square metres of concentrated solar technology based systems across India saving 39,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions saving 3.15 million litres of fuel oil each year.

  • Ray of HopeRay of HopeSKF Technologies uses steam generated through this installation in the phosphating process of manufacturing seals, the fastest growing business division of the company in India. It allows the plant to replace thermal energy with solar, save on almost 12,000 litres of diesel each year or close to US$ 13,000 annually. In addition, it is also saving on CO2 emissions of 32 tonnes annually.

  • Innovating to Achieve Energy EfficiencyInnovating to Achieve Energy EfficiencyCompanies in the highly polluting steel-rerolling sector in India are introducing measures to improve energy efficiency as a result of a partnership between UNDP and the Ministry of Steel. In doing so, they are demonstrating that the industry can become more energy efficient, more environmentally conscious and more profitable. Mr. Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, UNDP visited one such success story in Jaipur, Rajasthan and saw first-hand how the company has innovated to improve productivity and reduce specific fuel consumption.

  • In Search of a Secure Future: Social Protection for People Living with HIVIn Search of a Secure Future: Social Protection for People Living with HIVThirty-five year old Harihar's life changed after he and his wife were tested HIV positive in 2007. His inability to work put severe financial pressure on his family. However, UNDP's support in extending social protection schemes to PLHIV, has helped people like Harihar secure a future for themselves and their families.

  • A Development Agenda for Transgenders in MaharashtraA Development Agenda for Transgenders in MaharashtraMaharashtra has become the second state in India to set up a welfare board and the first, to set up a cultural institute dedicated to the transgender community. The decision of the state government comes after a 2013 public consultation supported by the United Nations Development Programme which brought thousands of transgenders to interface directly with the Chief Minister and other government representatives to discuss the specific welfare needs of the transgender community.

  • Linking the Vulnerable: HIV/AIDS in Rural IndiaLinking the Vulnerable: HIV/AIDS in Rural IndiaThe link worker scheme, a unique government scheme supported by UNDP is helping link rural populations vulnerable to HIV with local health services, and mobilize Panchayati Raj and other institutions to play a cohesive role in behavioural change.

  • India Election Diary 2014: Himalayan Polls Inspire Senior Electoral Officers from the Global SouthIndia Election Diary 2014: Himalayan Polls Inspire Senior Electoral Officers from the Global SouthDelegates 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 OfficialsIndia Election Diary 2014: India’s Young Voters Impress Nepal’s Poll OfficialsThe 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 ActionIndia Election Diary 2014: In the Land of the Taj Mahal, India’s Democracy in Action3.3 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 ElectionsIndia Election Diary 2014: Namibia’s Electoral Team Studies the ElectionsA 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 Space and Presence: Women and the Media in IndiaA 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.

  • Justice for All: Securing Land Rights for Tribal CommunitiesJustice for All: Securing Land Rights for Tribal CommunitiesUNDP partners with the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India to empower the poor and marginalized to demand and access entitlements and support justice delivery institutions to ensure the law works for the poor.

  • Managing Elections, Strengthening Democracy: Learning from the India ExperienceManaging Elections, Strengthening Democracy: Learning from the India ExperienceOver 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.

  • Developing Capacities of Health Staff in DelhiDeveloping Capacities of Health Staff in DelhiIn 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.

  • Conceptualizing Inclusive GrowthConceptualizing Inclusive GrowthA two-day consultation organized by the Planning Commission and the UNDP aimed to arrive at a conceptual understanding of inclusive growth and the key determinants of an inclusive growth framework that can guide countries, development agencies and communities in the coming years.

  • UNDP India to Explore Ways to Expand and Deepen Partnership in India and GloballyUNDP India to Explore Ways to Expand and Deepen Partnership in India and GloballyThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the last day of her five-day official visit to India.

  • Road to FreedomRoad to FreedomA UNDP-Ministry of Justice partnership has enabled poor, tribal communities in the Kalahandi district of Odisha to secure land rights and access entitlements under government schemes.

  • UNDP Enhancing Women’s Role and Participation in GovernanceUNDP Enhancing Women’s Role and Participation in GovernanceTo empower elected women representatives, several initiatives supported by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, such as trainings, workshops, exposure visits are helping women bring socio-political change in the communities.

  • From Entitlement to Reality : Tribal Communities Use the Right to Information Act to Secure JusticeFrom Entitlement to Reality : Tribal Communities Use the Right to Information Act to Secure JusticeIn 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.

  • Empowering the PublicEmpowering the PublicAccess to information has been recognized as a key development mechanism as it has the potential to empower the citizen. It enables people to demand more accountability and greater transparency from the administration and the state and also acts as a deterrent to the arbitrary exercise of official power.

  • Functional Literacy – The Language of EmpowermentFunctional Literacy – The Language of EmpowermentBy focusing on financial and legal literacy, UNDP has empowered poor and marginalized to strengthen their asset base, secure justice and expand the range of choices available to them.

  • Sustainable Livelihoods for Tribal CommunitiesSustainable Livelihoods for Tribal CommunitiesA drip irrigation prototype, developed as part of a livelihood generation project supported by UNDP, is providing farmers in the east Indian state of Jharkhand with sustainable livelihoods and self-employment opportunities. The prototype, demonstrated in five districts with more than 300 small and marginal farmers, has now been upscaled by the Rural Development Department across the state.

  • Building Skills, Eradicating Poverty: Participating in India's Growth StoryBuilding Skills, Eradicating Poverty: Participating in India's Growth StoryAs India continues to record high growth rates, a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Rajasthan is helping equip the poorest and most marginalized with the skills necessary to participate in the country’s growth story.

  • Water in the Land of Extremes: Marwar’s People Find Solutions to Water ScarcityWater in the Land of Extremes: Marwar’s People Find Solutions to Water ScarcityUNDP project has reached out to water-scarce communities in 200 villages across Pali, Barmer and Jodhpur districts of Rajasthan to address the water-related vulnerabilities.

  • Bridging India’s Inequality DivideBridging India’s Inequality DivideA first-ever study by UNDP reveals that significant inequalities across Indian states impact human development outcomes and that considerable gains are possible by reducing the extent of inequality in other dimensions of human development such as education and health.

  • Mainstreaming HIV: Together We Stand a ChanceMainstreaming HIV: Together We Stand a ChanceUNDP India's initiative of 'Mainstreaming HIV' is witnessing a process of constructive change. The mainstreaming approach was adopted as a response to the Indian government's needs-assessment of the HIV/AIDS situation in the country.

  • Conserving Water the Traditional WayConserving Water the Traditional WayThe United Nations Development Programme-supported water conservation project in the arid Marwar region of the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan has shown that traditional knowledge and community involvement goes a long way in saving every precious drop of water.

  • Partnering to Build Skills: Evaluation Report says UNDP’s Support in Setting Up the Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods has been Beneficial to the StatePartnering to Build Skills: Evaluation Report says UNDP’s Support in Setting Up the Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods has been Beneficial to the StateAn evaluation of a project between the Government of Rajasthan and UNDP to support livelihood promotion strategies in Rajasthan has found it made a significant impact on marginalized communities through livelihood promotion and skill building initiatives undertaken.

  • Pension Scheme for HIV-AffectedPension Scheme for HIV-AffectedThe inclusion of people living with HIV in a government pension scheme has given a new lease of life to thousands in the eastern Indian state of Orissa.

  • China and India: Finding Common GroundChina and India: Finding Common GroundIn a unique example of South-South cooperation, a high-level delegation from China visited India to explore synergies and understand how both countries can deliver employment commensurate to rapid growth.

  • Guaranteeing Jobs, Building Sustainable LivelihoodsGuaranteeing Jobs, Building Sustainable LivelihoodsThe visit of Miss Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to Bhilwara district in the western Indian state of Rajasthan shed light on several critical elements of the pioneering legislation, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

  • Volunteering to Help Resettle Families: A Young Man Supports DisplacedVolunteering to Help Resettle Families: A Young Man Supports DisplacedTwenty-six-year-old Chakradhar Patra from Mayurbhani in Orissa supports people who have been displaced from their villages due to development projects such as dams, new upcoming industries and railways.

  • Social Mobilization for Poverty AlleviationSocial Mobilization for Poverty AlleviationAs a result of UNDP India’s Social Mobilization for Poverty Alleviation project in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, women in the villages of Udaipur in Rajasthan have been able to open bank accounts and take important decisions related to livelihoods.

  • Going to School AgainGoing to School AgainAs a result of the management programme, supported by UNDP, many people living with HIV (PLHIV) have become proud management graduated and acquired skills in organization development, project management and decision making.

  • Knowledge for Action: United Nations Solution Exchange Receives Global RecognitionKnowledge for Action: United Nations Solution Exchange Receives Global RecognitionThe United Nations flagship knowledge management initiative, Solution Exchange has received the eWorld Public Choice Award at the Second eWorld Forum in New Delhi on 15 June. The growing network of over 35,000 members has been recognized in the category of ‘Best Initiative for Localized Application/ Content’.

  • My Home, My Way: UNDP Helps Disaster Victims Build Back BetterMy Home, My Way: UNDP Helps Disaster Victims Build Back BetterA pilot initiative supported by the Government of Bihar and UNDP and implemented by the Owner Driven Reconstruction Collaborative has helped build climate resilient houses devastated by the Kosi floods of 2008 through empowering local communities to own the reconstruction process.

  • Women Farmers Combat Land Degradation in Nagaland Women Farmers Combat Land Degradation in NagalandA UNDP partnership with the government of Nagaland has empowered 7,000 women farmers to adopt farming practices that can protect soil fertility, diversify livelihoods and strengthened market linkages.

  • From ‘slash and burn’ to sustainability: Farming communities in northeastern India improve soil fertility and earn higher incomesFrom ‘slash and burn’ to sustainability: Farming communities in northeastern India improve soil fertility and earn higher incomesUNDP, in partnership with the Government of Nagaland, is helping farmers practicing jhum cultivation in 70 villages in Nagaland grow healthier crops and earn better income by introducing sustainable land management practices. By slowing rates of soil erosion, these practices have also helped farmers improve soil fertility and cultivate the same land for three years instead of the normal span of two years.

  • Protecting the Ozone Layer; Protecting the Global EnvironmentProtecting the Ozone Layer; Protecting the Global EnvironmentSince 1993, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a crucial role in the phase- out of ozone depleting substances by the Government of India and has been instrumental in implementing US$ 40 million in multilateral fund projects. As a result of support, India completely phased out production and consumption of Chlorofluorocarbons, carbon tetrachloride and halons, man-made chemicals responsible for the depletion of the Ozone Layer. This remarkable milestone was achieved two years ahead of schedule. With this achievement, India has contributed significantly to this global environmental cause, by reducing 25,000 ozone depleting particles tonnes and a further potential of 23,000 ozone depleting particles.

  • The Biodiversity Challenge-Supporting India's EcosystemsThe Biodiversity Challenge-Supporting India's EcosystemsRecognising India’s rich biodiversity, the United Nations Development Programme is supporting several initiatives to conserve the country’s rich and diverse ecosystems and demonstrate strategies to reduce poverty.

  • Pay-As-You-Save: Solar Energy for Industrial HeatingPay-As-You-Save: Solar Energy for Industrial HeatingAs a result of UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and supported by Global Environment Facility, the installation of solar water heating systems in India has increased by 20 percent each year. In addition, the partnership has also resulted in a saving of 3.57 million units of electricity, and a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 1.66 million tCO2.

  •  Clean, Green and BrightClean, Green and BrightKabbigere Gram Panchayat sells power generated by its self-run biomass power plants at a rate of Rs.2.85 per kWh (USD0.06) to the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company.

  • Conservation of Medicinal PlantsConservation of Medicinal PlantsIndia has a rich resource base of medicinal plants, plush with about 8,000 different species. According to the Government of India (GoI), traditional medicines are the sole means of health care for about 65 percent of the population.

  • Conserving Medicinal Plants, Sustaining LivelihoodsConserving Medicinal Plants, Sustaining LivelihoodsSince 2008, UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and the Global Environment Facility is promoting sustainable use and conservation of medicinal plants in the three ecologically-fragile states of Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Arunachal Pradesh.An estimated 316 species in India are under threat of extinction.

  • Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Tea SectorPromoting Energy Efficiency in the Tea SectorA UNDP project with the Tea Board of India is helping small tea processing enterprises adopt a range of measures to improve energy efficiency in processing.

  • ‘Health Without Harm’: Reducing Risk from Healthcare Waste in India‘Health Without Harm’: Reducing Risk from Healthcare Waste in IndiaThe Global Healthcare Waste Management project, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests and supported by WHO and Health Care Without Harm is helping promote best practices in healthcare waste management and mercury waste management at King George’s Medical University in Lucknow, India. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility. As a result of a series of interventions, the hospital has been able to reduce the amount of infectious waste generated by 80 percent due to proper segregation, transportation and treatment of waste practices.

  • India’s Capital City and Human DevelopmentIndia’s Capital City and Human DevelopmentThe Delhi HDR was released by the Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari in the presence of Ms. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of the NCT of Delhi; Ms. Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative; Dr. A.K. Shiva Kumar, Member, National Advisory Council; and Mr. Deepak Mohan Spolia, Chief Secretary, Government of Delhi.

  • Empowering Rural India the RE way: Inspiring Success StoriesDec 31, 2012Empowering Rural India the RE way: Inspiring Success StoriesThis compendium showcases initiatives across the country that are improving access to energy in remote areas through the use of renewable sources of energy.

  • Innovations of SteelInnovations of SteelA joint partnership between UNDP and the Ministry of Steel, Government of India and Global Environment Facility is helping energy-intensive steel sector save up to 40 percent on energy consumption enabling entrepreneurs to reap greater profits.

  • UNDP and India Sign Partnership Agreement to Further South-South CooperationUNDP and India Sign Partnership Agreement to Further South-South CooperationThe United Nations Development Programme and India signed a partnership agreement today intended to leverage India’s vast development experience to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and increase its role in south-south cooperation.

  • Overcoming a Cycle of Misery: Bahraich Recreates the Magic of MonsoonsOvercoming a Cycle of Misery: Bahraich Recreates the Magic of MonsoonsIn a decade long partnership between UNDP and the Government of India, communities and local administration have been empowered to respond to disasters better. Years later, the people of Bahraich show the impact of this empowerment.

  • Coal Bed Methane Recovery: Helping India Meet its Energy NeedsCoal Bed Methane Recovery: Helping India Meet its Energy NeedsA pilot by UNDP demonstrated the commercial feasibility of using methane gas from coal mining to electrify homes. Widely accepted as an area with commercial potential, it is now being scaled up nationally.

  • Conserving Habitats; Protecting Livelihoods: A Women’s Group in Orissa, India Leads the WayConserving Habitats; Protecting Livelihoods: A Women’s Group in Orissa, India Leads the WayUNDP is partnering with the Orissa government to mobilize local communities to conserve natural resources through building sustainable ecosystem based livelihoods and social capital.

  • In Eye of the Forest: Conserving Biodiversity, Building Sustainable FuturesIn Eye of the Forest: Conserving Biodiversity, Building Sustainable FuturesRecognizing the close communion between communities and natural resources, UNDP is supporting several initiatives in Chhattisgarh to help communities conserve traditional knowledge, build awareness on conservation-friendly gathering practices and help people, particularly women access the market to sell their produce.

  • Understanding Human Development through FilmUnderstanding Human Development through FilmFrom child marriage in Rajasthan, food security in Orissa and a shortage of doctors in Himachal Pradesh health care services, a series of films explore the challenges of human development...

  • DRM - Community Volunteers Instrumental in Bihar FloodDRM - Community Volunteers Instrumental in Bihar FloodThe strength of disaster mitigation and management depends on the level of community involvement. UNDP’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) project has been able to mobilize volunteers through the initiative. This sense of civic engagement has proven an asset during the recent floods in Bihar.

  • UEVRP: Mainstreaming Disaster PreparednessUEVRP: Mainstreaming Disaster PreparednessAround 59 percent of the total land in India is vulnerable to earthquakes. A lack of awareness and capacity to cope with the calamity accentuates the loss of lives and livelihoods. UNDP India addresses this lacuna together with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

  •  Renewable Energy for Rural LivelihoodsRenewable Energy for Rural LivelihoodsOn the edge of Rajasthan where shifting sand dunes mark the border with Pakistan, four villages have had their dark nights lit up by incandescent bulbs.

  • Institutionalizing Human DevelopmentInstitutionalizing Human DevelopmentThe paradigm shift from measuring national incomes as'development' to improving people's lives and choices as 'human development' occurred in the 1990s. Creating an enabling environment is not an end in itself but the focus is on ensuring long, healthy and creative lives for people.

  • Going GreenGoing GreenRenewable energy such as biogas and solar energy have changed the lives of villagers in Jharkhand. With solar panels and biogas plants set up as part of UNDP’s Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihoods project, villages not only have access to much-needed electricity, but also to more employment opportunities and clean energy for cooking purposes.

  • United Nations VolunteersUnited Nations VolunteersThe United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development. This is also true in a disaster situation.