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NDTV 24x7 on International Volunteer Day

On International Volunteer Day 2014, NDTV ran a story celebrating the crucial role that volunteers play in improving the lives of people around the world. The story highlights the role of people in volunteer activities and invites all to participate in the Yamuna clean up onmore

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Sharing Electoral Excellence with India's Neighbours

In October 2014, the west Indian state of Maharashtra held elections to the state assembly, where an estimated 52 million voted for over 4000 candidates. On this occasion, UNDP and the Election Commission of India facilitated the visit of a delegation of Election Management Bodies from seven South Amore

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Effective Governance and Efficient Public Administration Key to Achieving Development Goals

07 Oct 2014

Gujarat’s innovative online grievance redressal mechanism showcased at International Symposium on Excellence in Public Administration New Delhi - “We need to focus on maximizing and simplifying governance”, said Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievamore

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India Social Good Summit 2014: Lise Grande

Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, says social media helps global discussions reach people. Ms Grande led the conversation at the India Social Good Summit 2014 held at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi on September 21 more

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Discovery Channel Documentary: The World's Biggest Election

Discovery Channel premiered the documentary 'Revealed: World's Biggest Election' recounting the Election Commission of India's logistical feat of managing the largest democratic election in the world. The documentary uncovers the various unknown aspects of the electoral process - the story behind thmore

Social Media and Technology could be a Powerful Force to Create a More Equal Society by 2030

21 Sep 2014

Noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, Actor Sushant Singh Rajput, UNDP Head Lise Grande and a host of innovators speak at the India Social Good Summit in IIT-Delhi today New Delhi - “Social media is changing the way we live and relate to each other” said noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. The challenge inmore

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Jobless Growth in India "Worrying" for Policy Makers

The economic growth that India has experienced over the last ten years has, many would say, been impressive, but there are concerns that too few new jobs have been created to meet the needs of the country's massive population of 800 million. The growth has lifted millions of people out of poverty,more

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Oasis of Ability

United Nations Volunteers provide crucial support to the Malsawm Initiative, a school for differently-abled children in Churachandpur, Manipur.   more

Celebrating the Idea of SEWA: Towards Human Development through Women’s Livelihood Security

27 Nov 2013

In an international workshop organised between 27 November 2013 and 29 November 2013 at Ahmedabad in partnership with the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), organizations from 15 countries shared experiences on Institutional Innovations for Women’s Livelihoods. Experiences on innovative gendmore

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UN MDG Report 2014: Poverty, Malnutrition and Sanitation Remain Concerns for India

16 Jul 2014

The new Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 examines the latest progress made towards achieving the MDGs. It shows that millions of people’s lives have improved due to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts to achieve the MDGs, which serve as the foundation for the next global dmore

Why India Needs to Worry About the Post-2015 Development Agenda?

21 June 2014, New Delhi - On June 9, the first articulation of the development objectives of the Narendra Modi government, as President Pranab Mukherjee delivered his inaugural address to a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament after the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha, he said, "My govermore

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Contributing to Energy Saving: Recognition to UNDP

28 Jun 2014

S.N. Srinivas, Programmme Officer with UNDP India has been awarded the Hitech’s 2014 India’s Leading Energy Saving Expert Award for his contribution to energy saving in the steel sector. The Award was presented by HITEC India, a non-profit organization that aims to promote IT solutions, next generatmore

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Addressing Climate Change and Sustainable Energy is Crucial to Meet India’s Energy Shortage

28 Jun 2014

New Delhi - “While India has made major progress in the supply of electricity and modern forms of energy, a large part of the population still lives in a state of energy deprivation,” said Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director-General, The Energy and -Resources Institute (TERI) and Chairman of the Intergmore

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Gender Equality a Pressing Development Challenge, says UNDP Head in India

In an interview to UN Radio, Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative says that ensuring gender equality is one of the "most pressing" development challenges facing India today. India currently ranks 136 out of 186 countries in the UN's Gender Inequality Index. more

United Nations Condemns Gang-Rape and Murder of Teenage Girls in Uttar Pradesh and Calls for Justice

01 Jun 2014

Statement by Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator; Dr Rebecca R Tavares, Representative, UN Women’s India Multi Country Office and Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF Representative to India. New Delhi - The UN in India condemns the brutal gang-rape and murder of two teenaged girls on the nimore

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India Election Diary 2014: World’s Biggest Elections Come to an End

Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world went to polls in the final phase of India’s national elections. As the world’s largest democratic exercise came to a close, 67 percent of an estimated 830 million voters had cast their ballot across the country. Witnessing the elections were 43 membersmore

Advancing Universal Health Coverage in India

08 May 2014

New Delhi - Echoing the increasing attention given to enhancing access to health services while reducing financial hardship caused by out of pocket spending on health in the country, a panel discussion supported by the United Nations in India deliberated on India’s route to Universal Health Coveragmore

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United Nation's ‘Free and Equal’ Campaign: Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

30 Apr 2014

Statement of Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative on ‘Free and Equal’ Campaign The aim of the United Nations free and equal campaign is to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and to mobilize people everywhere to stop more

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United Nation's ‘Free and Equal’ Campaign: Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

30 Apr 2014

Statement of Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative on ‘Free and Equal’ Campaign The aim of the United Nations free and equal campaign is to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and to mobilize people everywhere to stop more

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Historic Judgment

Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative congratulates the country for the landmark Supreme Court judgment recognizing the rights of the transgender community to choose their identity. more

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UNDP Hails Landmark Supreme Court Judgment on the Rights of Transgender to Choose Their Identity

15 Apr 2014

Respect for human rights is at the root of human development says Judgment New Delhi - The United Nations Development Programme has hailed today’s landmark Supreme Court judgement as an important step in ending discrimination against the community. With this judgement, the Court has recognized more

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Social Good and India

In an interview at the India+SocialGood Summit in Mumbai, Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator discusses India’s progress in achieving the MDGs; outlines key challenges of inequality, poverty reduction and climate change; and says social media helps link pemore

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India+SocialGood: Involving Everyone in the Big Discussions of the Day

Speaking at the India+SocialGood Summit in Mumbai, Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator said that social media helps link people with solutions to institutions that can bring these solutions to scale.  more

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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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DSDS 2014: Energy, Water and Food Security for All

Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative says the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2014 will provide a crucial opportunity for world leaders, activists and experts to discuss ways to solve three of the greatest challenges facing India today- water, food amore

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Energy Efficiency and Access to Energy One Key Priority of the UN

Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative highlights how interventions made as part of UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Steel since 2004 have reduced fuel consumption by 20-25 percent and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. Ms. Grande was speaking at thmore

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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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Improved Energy Efficiency in Steel Re-rolling Sector Results in Higher Profits and more Jobs

25 Nov 2013

Ministry of Steel and UNDP project on energy efficiency in steel re-rolling expanded from 34 to 300 steel re-rolling units across India New Delhi, 25 November 2013 - Recognizing the success of a Ministry of Steel partnership with UNDP in helping small-scale steel re-rolling units reduce energymore

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Impunity and Immunity in Cases of Violence Against Women Continue to be the Norm, says Indira Jaising, India’s Additional Solicitor General

25 Nov 2013

“Provisions for penalizing complainants must be removed as they tend to discourage reporting rather than support the victim,” said Jaising at the inaugural United Nations Public Lecture  New Delhi, 25 November 2013 -  Delivering the inaugural United Nations Public Lecture, Ms. Indira Jaismore

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Consultation on Developing Human Resources for Strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions

19 Nov 2013

New Delhi - A consultation to share best practices on personnel recruitment at local government level aimed at strengthening the capacity of panchayati raj institutions and training institutions was organized on 19 November 2013. more

Swedish and Indian Companies Explore Business Models that Include the Poor as Consumers, Producers and Suppliers

11 Nov 2013

New York, New Delhi, November 11, 2013 — Leading Swedish and Indian companies gathered in New Delhi during the Sweden-India Nobel Memorial week to share examples of how businesses have developed innovative models not only to achieve commercial success, but also contribute to development outcomes, anmore

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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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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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Promoting Women’s Leadership in Sports

01 Oct 2013

Venue: New Delhi “The Indian society is still not open to seeing women wear shorts and play sports,” said Zainab Khan, the twenty-year-old female soccer player from India’s capital city, New Delhi. Speaking on the sidelines of a roundtable on women’s soccer in India, organized by the Centre more

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India’s Corporate Sector Critical to MDG Achievement

30 Sep 2013

Venue: New Delhi The private sector has an important role to play in making the world a better place, because they are not only accountable to their shareholders, but also to society. With only two years left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, the Confederation of Indian Industry bmore

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Local Communities Play a Key Role in Preserving the Himalayas

25 Sep 2013

Date: 25 - 27 September 2013 Venue: Kohima, Nagaland Local communities are crucial to the survival of the Himalayan ecosystem, one of the most biodiverse and ecologically important regions in Asia. This was the key message emerging from a three-day summit in Kohima, the capital of Nagaland in themore

Vice President Releases Delhi Human Development Report 2013

Source: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India 31 August 2013, New Delhi - 'Delhi Human Development Report 2013' has been released by The Vice President in New Delhi. He said that it is his expectation that the Delhi Human Development Report 2013 would engender a healthymore

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India’s Growth Story Synonymous with Innovations and Technology

In a message to the participants of the E-Gov Campus 2013, Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative reiterates the importance of technology in reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Resident Coordinator also stresses the need to do more to umore

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IC4HD 2013 Human Development Fellowships

01 Aug 2013

The IC4HD 2013 Human Development Fellowship is a three month residential fellowship at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India. Under the 2013 fellowship programme research on a well-defined aspect of human development under the theme of social security in the South is supported. Fellomore

Launch of My World Initiative

27 May 2013 - Lise Grande, the UN Resident Coordinator, and Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra at the launch of the My World Initiative. At the launch, Ms Lise said, “Now more than ever, we need people to tell world leaders what they want. India is a global leader and when its people stand up for bettemore

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Shashwat Congratulated for Winning UNDP’s Prestigious Global Equator Prize

10 May 2013

Pune, India - “We are in a development paradigm where government action needs to be complemented by community action to address the challenges we face,” said Prithviraj Chavan, Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He was speaking at a felicitation ceremony today in Pune to congratulate Shamore

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Equator Prize 2012 Felicitation Ceremony

10 May 2013

Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra will felicitate 2012 UNDP Equator Prize winner Shashwat, a grassroots organization working with tribal communities displaced by the Dimbhe dam in the state. The Equator Prize is a prestigious international award that recognizes innovation and leamore

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UNDP and Government of India Pledge to a New Country Programme Action Plan

01 Mar 2013

New Delhi, India - The Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed a new  five year development cooperation  framework to support the implementation of the Government’s 12th Five-Year Plan. Re-affirming UNDP’s commitment to India, Lise Grande, Unitemore

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Skill Development Training Programme on Sub-Megawatt Biomass-based Power Generation

25 Feb 2013

A UNDP supported training programme to develop skills of technicians to manage sub-megawatt, biomass-based power generation is being held from 25 Feb to 6 March in Bangalore. The programme will sensitize technicians on the principles of gasification, how to operate and maintain a gasifier and the samore

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DSDS 2013: Employment and Growth Benefits of a Green Economy

The plenary at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013 discussed the role of the green economy in spurring growth, improving social equity and preserving the environment. Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, India was a keynote speaker at the event. more

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DSDS 2013- Thematic Consultation on Energy: Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Energy Future We Want for All

The video highlights key messages from a consultation on the role of energy in the post-2015 development agenda, organized as part of the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013. The consultation, supported by the United Nations aimed to facilitate an open dialogue with stakeholders on how ismore

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Enabling Access to Energy is Crucial to the Post-2015 Development Agenda

01 Feb 2013

New Delhi - ‘The world can’t miss the opportunity to make access to energy a global goal,” said Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. Grande was speaking at the Consultation on Sustainable Energy, organized as part of the 13th Delhi Sustainable Developmenmore

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Ministry of Rural Development Outlines Greening Agenda for Rural Development Schemes

04 Jan 2013

New Delhi - The Ministry of Rural Development, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today released a report “Greening Rural Development in India”. The report presents strategies for inclusive rural development embodying the principles of environmental sustainability. Themore

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UNV Launches its Flagship Publication on Volunteerism on International Volunteers Day

07 Dec 2012

New Delhi - “The Government of India is committed to promote and recognize the important role volunteers could play in national development,” said Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (MOYAS) (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Defence, Government of India (GoI).more

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Eight State Governments Lead the Way in Strengthening Accountability towards Speedy Delivery of Public Services

23 Nov 2012

Bhubaneswar - “The Right to Public Service Act will improve transparency, fix accountability and enhance equity in public service delivery,” said Shri Naveen Patnaik, Honourable Chief Minister of Odisha. He was speaking at a multi-state consultation on the Right to Public Services Act hosted by the more

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Competency-based Human Resource Management – A Step Towards an Outcome Oriented and Citizen Centric Public Administration

21 Nov 2012

New Delhi - At a national consultation inaugurated by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Honourable Minister of State, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, experts and top bureaucrats debated the ways in which competency based performance management can be introduced in the Indian public administration systmore

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Enabling Access to Justice is Crucial to Building Inclusive Societies

17 Nov 2012

New Delhi -  “Injustice caused through disability of any kind is our focus and requires sustained efforts to ensure that we eliminate all the barriers that result in failure of justice, said Honorable Minister of Law and Justice, Dr. Ashwani Kumar. He was speaking at a two-day international conmore

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New Planning Commission-UNDP Knowledge Portal for Decentralized Planning Launched

05 Nov 2012

29 October 2012, New Delhi - The Planning Commission and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a unique knowledge portal http://www.nrcddp.org/ which brings together all the necessary guidelines and best practice processes required for undertaking participatory decentralized planmore

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The Next Generation of Biodiversity Governance Models across the World can Emerge from the Knowledge of Existing Approaches in India, Says a New UNDP Report

18 Oct 2012

Hyderabad - A new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) calls for adopting a landscape approach to biodiversity governance which will allow a range of ecosystems to thrive and not just the smaller protected parts of it. On the basis of a detailed review of prevalent biodiversity more

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Winners of First-ever Government of India-UNDP Biodiversity Awards Announced

17 Oct 2012

Recognizing outstanding community participation and stewardship in biodiversity management  Hyderabad - At a ministerial reception hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests during the Eleventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the India Biodiversity Awmore

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Rebeca Grynspan Meets Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission

13 Oct 2012

Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator met Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India on 13 October 2012 in New Delhi. more

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Ministry of Rural Development and UNDP Sign Letter of Collaboration In Support Of Rural Employment and Livelihood Programmes

12 Oct 2012

New Delhi - The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a letter of collaboration for UNDP’s support to the rural employment and livelihood programmes in India during the twelfth five year plan of the Government of India (2013-2017). The MOU wamore

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Rebeca Grynspan Meets Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, ICRIER

12 Oct 2012

Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator is on nine-day mission to India between 10-18 October 2012. During her visit, she met Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations on 12 October in New Delhi. more

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UNDP - Ministry of Rural Development Sign Letter of Intent on Governance and Livelihood Security for Tribal Development

12 Oct 2012

Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator is on nine-day mission to India between 10-18 October 2012. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development and Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative signed a Letter of Intent today to collaborate on governance and livelihmore

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Election Commission of India and United Nations Development Programme Sign MoU to Support Electoral and Democratic Practices

11 Oct 2012

New Delhi - Election Commission of India and the United Nations Development Programme UNDP today signed an MOU for cooperation in election management, particularly for supporting elections and democratic process in other countries. The MOU was signed by Shri Akshay Rout, Director General from the Comore

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Technology Set to make Direct Benefits Transfers from Government to People more Efficient and Transparent

29 Nov 2012

New Delhi - “A combination of political will and technical expertise has led to a paradigm shift in our approach to delivery of entitlements,” said Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development. “We are moving from banks to an inter-operable banking correspondent framework, door-step delivery of entimore

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New Partnership Announced to Establish an International Centre for Human Development in India

22 Aug 2012

Ministry of Human Resource Development, Indian Institute of Advanced Study and UNDP, through this initiative, will support South-South collaboration on ways to integrate human development analysis and approaches in development strategies. New Delhi -  An International Centre for Human Developmemore

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Lise Grande was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India between 2012 and 2015.

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