Stories of Change


Managing Elections; Strengthening Democracy - Learning from the India Experience

Over 36 million people voted in state elections in Delhi and Rajasthan. Their progress was watched by a delegation of representatives from seven countries including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Senegal and the Gambia. This sharing of knowledge and experience was made possible through a partnership be more


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 – to more


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 fo more


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


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


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 Right more


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 own more


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 c more


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


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 developme more

Report on National Consultation on Strengthening Delivery and Accountability Frameworks for Public Service

This report summarizes discussions at a first-of-its-kind consultation amongst stakeholders focused on strengthening delivery and accountability frameworks for public services in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Representatives from State Governments, NGOs, Academia and the Private Sector debated recent legislative initiatives for Service Guarantees and their implementation.

A Study of Law School Based Legal Services Clinics

Recognising the growing importance of young legal professionals in facilitating access to justice by marginalised communities, the study examines innovative approaches and provides recommendations on managing law school-based legal services clinics.

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