2016

30 November 2016
Pankh Portal: Powering the dreams of aspiring women 
In 2016, Pankh Portal – a dynamic website portal and career guidance and counseling tool – was launched to exclusively address the needs and aspirations of young, job-seeking women in Delhi. Watch to learn how the website and guidance tool prepare underserved women for employment.

16 November 2016
At the Click of a Button: Accessing Real-Time Information of Vaccine Stocks with eVIN
Kiran, a vaccine cold chain handler in the desert state of Rajasthan in India, explains how the electronic vaccine intelligence network has made management of vaccine stocks much simpler. eVIN is a mobile and web app that enables real-time visibility of vaccine stocks across all vaccine storage centres encouraging effective vaccine logistics management.

16 November 2016
e-Steps to a Healthy Future: Encouraging Equity in Vaccine Availability
A project in partnership with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, eVIN is revolutionizing the way vaccines are stored and managed. Take a glimpse into how eVIN is plugging gaps to improve vaccination systems in India. 

16 November 2016
Video Guide- How to Use the eVIN Mobile Application (English and Hindi)
Vaccine store-keepers across India are taking to technology to efficiently manage the vaccine stocks at their centres. The comprehensive training video details step-by-step process of using the eVIN mobile app and introduces the users to the features and merits of the temperature loggers for effective remote temperature monitoring. 

15 November 2016
Turning a Factory into a Bird Sanctuary
Watch how industries in the East Godavari region in Andhra Pradesh are creating green belts for migratory birds around their factories, and restoring the ecology of the region. 

15 November 2016
Stiching Change: Bringing women into the workforce
A training centre in India’s coastal state of Andhra Pradesh is helping women fisherfolk build alternate livelihoods in the region. 

15 November 2016
Saving the World's Largest Fish
Watch how local fishing communities are coming together to conserve whale sharks in the east coast of India, and contributing to conserving the rich marine life of the area. 

15 November 2016
Transforming Lives through eco-Tourism
How can local communities conserve biodiversity and earn sustainable livelihoods? Watch how people living on the fringes of the majestic Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary are earning a living through eco-tourism and protecting their biodiversity. 

05 October 2016
Building a Cadre of Skilling Champions for women
Young women like Muskaan in Maharashtra are spreading the word that women can secure meaningful jobs. Watch how a growing cadre of committed young women are pushing change in their communities.

05 October 2016
Launch of New Partnership to Revive Ganga
A new initiative in Jharkhand aims to rejuvenate the Ganga river by improving sanitation practices and linking them to livelihoods. This exciting partnership was launched by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, NAMAMI GANGE and the Government of Jharkhand. Its supported by UNDP. Watch the launch of the project here. 

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05 September 2016
Engineering Change: Women Build Skills for the Future 
A group of young women in Haryana has quietly shattered stereotypes and blazed a trail for many others to follow. These young women have successfully completed a short vocational training course in plastic engineering and are now working in industrial hubs, in and around the state. The women learned about and availed of this skill-building opportunity through Disha project, a three-year partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Xyntéo and India Development Foundation (IDF), supported by IKEA Foundation.

Reversing Land Degradation in Madhya Pradesh

17 August 2016
Reversing Land Degradation in Madhya Pradesh
Watch how a UNDP partnership with the Government of Madhya Pradesh is restoring 14,000 hectares of land, reducing deforestation and soil erosion, and raising family incomes of over 700 households by nearly 40 percent

UNDP Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

24 June 2016
An Animated Take on #UNDP@50 in India
An animated short film on fifty years of unprecedented growth in India and partnership with UNDP. 

Data Is Power: Innovations in the Indian Railways Support Effective Energy Management

22 June 2016
Job Fair Attracts Aspiring Women
Over 20,000 young women and men participated in a mega job fair held in Maharashtra which brought together private sector companies, vocational training providers and government with aspiring candidates in the Amravati region of the state. The event was organized by the Government of Maharashtra's Department of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to raise awareness about various skilling initiatives that young people could avail of to improve their job prospects. UNDP supported the event as part of its Disha project, to ensure the job fair was women-friendly, with priority given to women aspirants, and women career counsellors who could address the specific issues faced by women in the job market. 

Data Is Power: Innovations in the Indian Railways Support Effective Energy Management

03 June 2016
Data Is Power: Innovations in the Indian Railways Support Effective Energy Management 
The introduction of electronic meter data reading systems is helping the Indian Railways, one of the country’s largest consumers of electricity, capture real-time energy data resulting in more effective energy management and reducing its carbon footprint. 

Biodiversity Management Committee Niitii Hong

01 June 2016
Biodiversity Management Committee Niitii Hong, Runner-up, Category: Biodiversity Management Committees, India Biodiversity Awards 2016
Conserving and reviving the ecosystem of Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh by combating rampant felling of trees, checking over consumption of forest produce by tribes and villagers, reducing soil erosion and water contamination due to dumping of waste by local communities

Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, Runner-up, Category: Successful Mechanisms/ Models for Access and Benefit Sharing, India Biodiversity Awards 2016

01 June 2016
Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, Runner-up, Category: Successful Mechanisms/ Models for Access and Benefit Sharing, India Biodiversity Awards 2016
Developing eco-friendly and non-toxic bio-pesticides that only attacks its target insect, pest or disease without harming any other biological specie. These bio-pesticides are also available at an affordable price

Dr. Sossama Iype, Runner-up, Category: Conservation of Threatened Species, India Biodiversity Awards 2016

01 June 2016
Dr. Sossama Iype, Runner-up, Category: Conservation of Threatened Species, India Biodiversity Awards 2016
Dr. Sossama Iype, Professor at the Kerala Agricultural University, saved the Vechur cattle from the brink of extinction through an ex-situ breeding programme and distribution to farmers allowing for its in-situ conservation

Purnima Devi Barman and the Hargilla Army

01 June 2016
Purnima Devi Barman and the Hargilla Army, Winner, Category: Conservation of Threatened Species, India Biodiversity Awards 2016
The Greater Adjutant bird, is found only in two areas in India and Cambodia. Purnima Devi Barman and the women’s Hargilla army protect this endangered species increasing nests three-fold in six years.

Nature Conservation Foundation and the Ghora-Abhe Society, Winner, Category: Conservation of Threatened Species, India Biodiversity Awards 2016

01 June 2016
Nature Conservation Foundation and the Ghora-Abhe Society, Winner, Category: Conservation of Threatened Species, India Biodiversity Awards 2016
The group introduced the Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme in Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, which has managed to protect 62 active hornbill nests and help 60 hornbill pairs breed successfully.

Mawkyrnot Self Help Group: The Living Root Bridges, Winner, Category: Sustainable Use of Biological Resources, India Biodiversity Awards 2016

01 June 2016
Mawkyrnot Self Help Group: The Living Root Bridges, Winner, Category: Sustainable Use of Biological Resources, India Biodiversity Awards 2016
The 52-feet long living roots bridges in Mawkyrnot, are a marvel of bio-engineering, are resilient and enhance ecosystem services

Participatory Learning Action Network and Training (PLANT), Runner-up, Category: Sustainable Use of Biological Resources

01 June 2016
Participatory Learning Action Network and Training (PLANT), Runner-up, Category: Sustainable Use of Biological Resources, India Biodiversity Awards 2016
An ecological intervention to conserve the coastal ecosystem in Tamil Nadu, PLANT is creating artificial reefs to counter the effects of prolonged mechanized trawling operation improving quality and quantity of fish.

International Biodiversity Day 2016: Celebrations in India

01 June 2016
International Biodiversity Day 2016: Celebrations in India 
The International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 was celebrated all over the country by different States and various organisations on 22nd May 2016. The national level celebrations of the Day were held at Yashwant Rao Chavan Auditorium, Mumbai with enthusiastic participation of all stakeholders. Organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, through the National Biodiversity Authority with support from the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board, in partnership with United Nations Development Programme and others, the event had the Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra, Shri. CH. Vidyasagar Rao, as the Chief Guest; and Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change presided over the event. 

These are Exciting Times: Snapshot of Last 5 Years

06 April 2016
These are Exciting Times: Snapshot of Last 5 Years 
These are exciting times of Government of India and UNDP partnership. Take a look back at the last 5 years.

UNDP@50 in India

06 April 2016
UNDP@50 in India
The Government of India and UNDP have partnered for over five decades in almost all areas of human development, from democratic governance to poverty eradication, to sustainable energy and environmental management.

Real-Time Data is Improving India’s Vaccine Systems

30 March 2016
Real-Time Data is Improving India’s Vaccine Systems
On a visit to India, Dr. Orin Levine of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation saw the impact of eVIN, an important tool to modernize and strengthen India’s vaccine logistics systems. eVIN is an electronic, real-time monitoring system that helps healthcare officials ensure adequate supply of vaccines to every child in need, being rolled out in 12 states in the country.

UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark on UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark on "Women Transforming India" campaign, in partnership with MyGov - #WomenTransform

12 March 2016
UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark on "Women Transforming India" campaign, in partnership with MyGov - #WomenTransform
Celebrating women doers, leaders and change makers from across the country, NITI Aayog - Government of India’s premier think-tank - has launched the ‘Women Transforming India’ initiative on, March 8, International Women’s Day, in partnership with the UN in India and MyGov.

Winners of the UNV Global Presentation Competition

18 February 2016
Winners of the UNV Global Presentation Competition "Youth Change the World - Volunteering for the SDGs"
The jury, comprising of members from UNV, UNDP and our partner MASH Project, paid special attention to how feasible the ideas are, how creative our candidates have been and how well they accommodated for the role of volunteers and technology in spreading awareness through all parts of society and throughout the whole country.

Applications for UNV Global Presentation Competition “Youth Change the World – Volunteering for the SDGs”

25 January 2015
Applications for UNV Global Presentation Competition “Youth Change the World – Volunteering for the SDGs”
UNV India is hosting the Indian iteration of the Global Presentation Competition “Youth Change the World – Volunteering for the SDGs” in cooperation with multiple UNV offices including Ghana, Fiji, Uganda and more in the world.

Exciting Innovations are Improving Vaccine Systems in India

11 January 2016
Exciting Innovations are Improving Vaccine Systems in India 
In an interview with UNDP, Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, says eVIN, the electronic vaccine logistics management system being rolled out by UNDP is an exciting innovation that will help improve vaccine coverage in India, a country with the world’s largest birth cohorts.