Stories of Change

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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 wmore

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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. Bmore

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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 elecmore

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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. By Women’more

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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 peoplmore

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Protecting the Ozone Layer; Protecting the Global Environment

India signed and ratified the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer in 1991 and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1992, signalling the country’s commitments to the global cause of addressing the harmful effects of the ozone layemore

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A Development Agenda for Transgenders in Maharashtra

Maharashtra 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 bromore

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The Biodiversity Challenge - Supporting India’s Ecosystems

Recognising 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. Rapid economic growth and limitations in integrating environmental concerns into devemore

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Easing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s Biodiversity

UNDP 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. On the south eastern coast of India, the sun begins to come up over the sea as a fisherman in a checked dhoti smore

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Pay-as-you-save: Solar Energy for Industrial Heating

As 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 unimore

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Clean, Green and Bright

Kabbigere 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. In the remote Kabbigere village in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka, greenery is conspicuous. What is not so visible in this smore

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From ‘Slash and Burn’ to Sustainability: Farming Communities in North-eastern India Improve Soil Fertility and Earn Higher Incomes

UNDP, 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 farmersmore

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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 ‘Conservmore

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Conserving Medicinal Plants, Sustaining Livelihoods

Since 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 estimore

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Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Tea Sector

A 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. With over US$ 2.5 million investments, the tea producers of the Nilgiri hills in south India are leading the way in demonstrating the possibilimore

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‘Health Without Harm’: Reducing Risk from Healthcare Waste in India

The 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 Unimore

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Too Much or Too Little: Communities Adapt to Extreme Weather Conditions in Odisha

A 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. As a result of efforts to strengthen community water management systems, crop yield has increased more than tmore

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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 ofmore

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India’s Capital City and Human Development

The Delhi Human Development Report 2013 released in August provides a comprehensive analysis of Delhi’s performance on human development indicators. The Report notes that while Delhi has one of the highest per capita incomes in the country, there has been significant informalization of the labour fomore

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Justice for All: Securing Land Rights for Tribal Communities

UNDP 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. For thirty-four year old Naran Majhi, 2011 marked the end of a long wait – tomore

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Innovating to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Innovating companies 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 environmore

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Innovations of Steel

A 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. Results from a UNDP pilot project demonstrate that smalmore

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Space and Presence: Women and the Media in India

A two-day consultation (4-5 February 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 more

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Knowledge for Action: United Nations Solution Exchange Receives Global Recognition

The 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/more

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Linking the Vulnerable: HIV/AIDS in Rural India

A unique government scheme that engages district level functionaries to link those vulnerable to HIV in rural areas with local health services, encourages behavioural change, and advocates for policy change is strengthening social protection of people living with HIV(PLHIV) in a country where an estmore

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My Home, My Way: UNDP Helps Disaster Victims Build Back Better

A Government of Bihar and UNDP pilot helped rebuild climate resilient houses devastated by the Kosi floods of 2008 through empowering local communities to own the reconstruction process. A pilot initiative supported by the Government of Bihar and UNDP and implemented by the Owner Driven Reconstructimore

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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. In 2011, Duku filed an application under the Rightmore

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Road to Freedom

A 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. After a 13-year-long battle against encroachers, Singhram Chataria is finally now able to cultivate paddy on his ownmore

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Functional Literacy – The Language of Empowerment

By 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. 30 year old Rita Devi from Rampur village in Jaunpur district of eastern Uttar Pradesh is the mother of five young cmore

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Sustainable Livelihoods for Tribal Communities

Twenty-five year old Gobardhan Munda’s income has doubled, he now has a bank account and a Kisan Credit Card. He grew up juggling several jobs to support his seven member family. Barely able to eke out a living from his small plot of land, he would work as daily wage earner, loading construction matmore

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Partnering to Build Skills: Evaluation Report Says UNDP’s Support in Setting Up the Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods has been Beneficial to the State

An 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. An evaluation of a project betweemore

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In Search of a Secure Future: Social Protection for People Living with HIV

Thirty-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 themselvemore

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UNDP and India Sign Partnership Agreement to Further South-South Cooperation

New Delhi 14 March 2012: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 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. The UNDP-more

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Overcoming a Cycle of Misery: Bahraich Recreates the Magic of Monsoons

In 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. They have been awarded with the 2011 Times of India Social Impact Amore

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Conceptualizing Inclusive Growth

A 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. Inclusive developmemore

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Bridging India’s Inequality Divide

A 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. At the India release of the Glomore

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Coal Bed Methane Recovery: Helping India Meet its Energy Needs

A first-ever pilot by UNDP demonstrated the commercial feasibility of using methane gas from coal mining to electrify homes. Now widely accepted as an area with commercial potential that is being scaled up nationally, it reveals a powerful strategy to combat climate change, ensure safety of mining cmore

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Conserving Habitats; Protecting Livelihoods: A Women’s Group in Orissa, India Leads the Way

UNDP is partnering with the Orissa government to mobilize local communities to conserve natural resources through building sustainable ecosystem based livelihoods and social capital. “When communities themselves drive conservation efforts, they can positively impact coastal livelihoods and ensure thmore

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Water in the Land of Extremes: Marwar’s People Find Solutions to Water Scarcity

UNDP 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. More than seven million people rely on agriculture and animal husbandry in the Marwar region of the western Indian state of Ramore

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In Eye of the Forest: Conserving Biodiversity, Building Sustainable Futures

Recognizing 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 markemore

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UNDP-India to Explore Ways to Expand and Deepen Partnership in India and Globally

“UNDP’s partnership with India in the 21st century should also have a global dimension. India has many experiences to share and technologies available to assist other developing countries to meet their development challenges.” -UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark The India LDC (Least Developed Countmore

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China and India: Finding Common Ground

In 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.  To explore synergies and understand how both countries can deliver employment commensuramore

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Building Skills, Eradicating Poverty: Participating in India's Growth Story

As 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. Set up in 2004 the Rajasthan Missimore

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Guaranteeing Jobs, Building Sustainable Livelihoods

The 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. Guaranteeimore

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Understanding Human Development through Film

From child marriage in Rajasthan, food security in Orissa and a shortage of doctors in Himachal Pradesh's health care services, a series of films explore the challenges of human development. A series of films that look at human development across India’s states through the filmmakers lens seek to fumore

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UNDP Enhancing Women’s Role and Participation in Governance

To 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. Sulochana Mulgi is an elected representative of Manedi more

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India's Job Guarantee Act Emerging as a Ray of Hope in Global Meltdown

With 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. Madvi Madka, frmore

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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 ismore

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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 omore

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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 Devmore

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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 Umore

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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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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 HUMANmore

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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 pmore

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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* fromore

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Going Green

Renewable 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 opportmore

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United Nations Volunteers

The 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. Taking Challenges in their Stride The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is inspired by the conviction thmore

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Conserving Water the Traditional Way

The 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. Helping Communities Help Themsemore

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Social Mobilization for Poverty Alleviation

As 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. OWNING more

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