Stories of Change

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Volunteering to Help Resettle Families: A Young Man Supports Displaced

Twenty-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. Chakradhar Patra from Mayurbhani Twenty-six-year-old Chakradhar Patra from Orissa’s Mayurbhanj is more

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Going to School Again

As 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.  People living with HIV become Proud Management Graduates Elango was o more

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Mainstreaming HIV: Together We Stand a Chance

UNDP 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. The situation analysis inferred (NACP1 -II) that there was a lack more

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DRM - Community Volunteers Instrumental in Bihar Flood

The 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. Kiran Dev more

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UEVRP: Mainstreaming Disaster Preparedness

Around 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. Disaster PreparednessThe project on U more

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Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihoods

On 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. Lighting up Women’s FutureIn a small corner of the western Indian state of Rajasthan women trained as solar engineers are helping light up houses more

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Conservation of Medicinal Plants

India 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. This is the basis of the UNDP India and GoI initiative on ‘Conserv more

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Institutionalizing Human Development

The 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. PLANS FOR HUMAN more

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Empowering the Public

Access 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 p more

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Pension Scheme for HIV-Affected

The 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. A New Lease of Life for People Living with HIV/AIDS “Why should I feel death each day? I am just like others,” says 35-year-old Minati Pradhan* fro more