Green 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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: 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 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 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.
Managing 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 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 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.
Road 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 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.
India'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.
Empowering 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.
Sustainable 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.
Bridging 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 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 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.
Pension 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 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 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.
Social 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 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.
My 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 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.
Protecting 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.
Pay-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 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 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 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.
‘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 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.
Innovations 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.
In 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 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 FloodThe strength of disaster mitigation and management depends on the level of community involvement. UNDPâ€™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 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 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 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 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 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.