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  • 03 Feb 2009
    India: Urban Poverty Report 2009

    Urban India has a high incidence of poverty despite being hailed as an engine of growth and instrument of globalization. Eighty-one million people subsist in urban areas on incomes that are below the poverty line. The pace of urbanization in India is set to increase, and with it, urban poverty and urban slums. However, public policy measures for urban India have lacked focus and proper allocation of funds. There is thus an urgent need at the national level to document the key issues in urban poverty, to assess the tasks at hand, and plan for the future.

  • 03 Feb 2009
    India's first Report on Urban Poverty Launched

    New Delhi - The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched India’s first-of-its-kind report on the nature and dynamics of urban poverty in the country, at an event in this capital city, today.

  • 18 Nov 2008
    The Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 in India is Arbind Singla

    New Delhi - Arbind Singh, Executive Director, Nidan, was today announced as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2008 in India. Montek S. Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, India, conferred the award on Arbind Singh at the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit. In India, the Social Entrepreneur Year of the Award is an initiative of The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation and The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the UNDP.

  • 18 Nov 2008
    E-krishi Project

    E-krishi Project has the potential to change the State's agriculture scenario A major technology-driven intervention has been on in the farm sector over the last two years under the aegis of the Kerala State IT Mission to map farmers located in far-off corners of the State and to provide them with crucial production and marketing linkages.

  • 08 Oct 2008
    New Guidelines To Improve Disaster Risk Management In Hospitals

    New Delhi - Today, at United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme India publishes new guidelines to improve disaster risk management in hosptials and health facilities. One is “Guidelines for Hospital Emergency Preparedness Planning” and the second is “Guidelines for Seismic Safety of Non Structural Elements and Contents in Hospital Buildings”. The publications also pick up the theme of the 2008/2009 United Nations World Disaster Reduction Campaign: Reduce risk, protect Health facilities, save lives”.

  • 08 Aug 2008
    Red Ribbon Award 2008: Celebrating Community Leadership and Action on AIDS

    New Delhi/Mexico City - Recognizing the critical role that local organizations play in the response to HIV, five community organizations from India, Ghana, Iran, Malawi and Mexico were presented with Red Ribbon Awards at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) last night.

  • 12 Jun 2008
    Corruption Hits Poor the Hardest

    Jakarta - Cleaning up the police, health, education and environment sectors should be a top political priority in the Asia-Pacific region, in order to loosen the stranglehold of corruption on the lives of the poor, according to a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released here today.

  • 08 May 2008
    UNDP Supports Cyclone Nargis survivors

    At least 22,980 people were killed and more than 42,000 are still missing after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar on 2-3 May, according to State authorities. Sweeping through the country’s largest city, Yangon, and the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) Delta region, the cyclone has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Both areas remain official disaster zones.

  • 06 May 2008
    Global Business Leaders Unveil New Plans to Fight Poverty in India

    At the Business Call to Action event in London, SABMiller, one of the world’s leading brewers, announces that it will double the amount of barley it sources from local farmers in Rajasthan from 7090 mega tonnes to an expected 15000 mega tonnes.

  • 21 Apr 2008
    Big Push Needed on Basic Services and Connectivity, Says First Arunachal Human Development Report

    The first Arunachal Human Development Report highlights the need to boost income opportunities and local livelihoods by promoting eco-tourism and establishment of small-scale industries based on bamboo and other minor forest produce.

  • 18 Dec 2007
    Justice for All

    New Delhi - A two-day national roundtable on Access to Justice brought together a range of professionals and experts to discuss reforms required to improve legal aid services for the poor and strengthen the criminal justice system.

  • 03 Dec 2007
    People Too Should Fight Global Warming: Vice President

    New Delhi - "Not just governments, but individuals too will have to look for appropriate solutions to confront the global challenge of climate change," said Vice-President of India, Mr. Hamid Ansari at the South Asia round of Dr Mahbub ul Haq Memorial Inter-School Debate competition.

  • 18 Oct 2007
    New Web Portal to Increase Employment Chances for Workers of the Informal Sector

    A new web portal http://www.skillindia.com/ launched by UNDP in partnership with the Government of India offers information on vocational courses, trades, and employment for young people in the informal employment sector, trainers, and employers.

  • 06 Jun 2007
    Microinsurance Can Build Security for the Poor in India

    New Delhi - Microinsurance offers an innovative new way to combat poverty by helping the rural poor systematically manage financial risks to their livelihoods and lives. Microinsurance represents an untapped market of nearly US$2 billion in India alone, according to a new study released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 30 Apr 2007
    UNDP Award for Chhattisgarh Jan Rapat

    New Delhi - Jan Rapat, the State Human Development Report of Chhattisgarh has been given one of the five 2007 Human Development Awards. The UNDP Human Development Awards are a biennial opportunity to publicly recognize contributions of national and regional Human Development Reports to informing and influencing development policy and practice.

  • 09 Nov 2006
    Global HDR 2006 Notes India's Progress on Water Goals, Urges Stronger Action on Sanitation

    New Delhi - According to the UNDP-commissioned Human Development Report 2006, India is on its way to achieving the Millennium Development Goal on water, having made progress on enabling access to water to its rural and urban population. It also says that access to sanitation is lagging and there is need to accelerate progress.

  • 20 Jul 2006
    Children from HIV and AIDS Households Have Lower Enrolment, Higher Drop out Rates

    New Delhi - A study, undertaken by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and supported by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and UNDP finds that children from HIV households not only have a lower rate of enrolment than those from non-HIV households, but the drop-out rates are also higher and school attendance lower for those who have not dropped out.

  • 29 Jun 2006
    Trade Liberalization a Mixed Blessing for South Asia

    New Delhi - According to a new report released by UNDP, while free trade in South Asia has brought widely expanded new opportunities to sell services across frontiers, it has also undermined food production and left the sub-region behind in high-tech manufacturing.

  • 29 Jun 2006
    Bold Agenda for Trade on Human Terms in Asia - Pacific

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific need bold new domestic policies in order to benefit from free trade, and the industrialized economies should back fairer trade rules giving poorer nations the chance to compete in the global marketplace, says a report on regional trade challenges released by the United Nations Development Programme.

  • 07 Sep 2005
    Tackle Inequalities for Rapid Progress on Millennium Goals, Says HDR 2005

    New Delhi - Human Development Report 2005 says that economic take-off in India has created the potential for accelerated poverty reduction. India, according to the report, must now show the same level of dynamism and innovation in tackling basic health and education inequalities as it has displayed in global technology markets to rapidly get on track for achieving the Millennium Development Goals targets.

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