Stories of Change

  • New Skills, New Lives
  • 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.

  • Transforming Poor Rural Women into Successful Business Managers

    As a result of UNDP-IKEA Foundation partnership, women in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have learnt business skills through financial literacy training started in 2009. The training has helped build capacities of women, and supported them to set up viable businesses like the Swaayam Ksheer, a milk producing company, which has not only eliminated the role of middlemen, but has also doubled the profits of its members in the past year.

  • 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.

  • Sustainable Livelihoods for Tribal Communities

    A 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.

  • Linking the Vulnerable: HIV/AIDS in Rural India

    The 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Ad‘venturing’ into Volunteering

    With 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.

  • Heading in the Right Direction: Career Counselling Programmes for Young Women

    Career Guidance Counselling Centres are motivating young women to secure careers that empower them.

  • Building Skills, Building Futures

    Short vocational training course in plastics engineering with assured placement for young women in Haryana, a state with one of the lowest female workforce participation rates in India

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