• From Rags to Riches: Hiware Bazaar in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

    This is the story of Hiware Bazaar, a village in Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. From a village with 90 percent poverty and per capita income of only INR 842 in 1989, the village today boasts of a per capita income of INR 28,000. In addition, steps taken to recharge groundwater through rainwater and artificial re-harvesting not only brought up the groundwater from 50 feet to 5-10 feet, but also made it a water surplus area. The village was also recognized with a National Water Award from the Ministry of Water Resources for its commendable work in groundwater recharging.

  • Swaraj in Piplantri: Building Capacity in Local Self-Governance

    The video shows how UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj is bringing about transformational change in Piplantri gram panchayat in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. As a result of the partnership and active participation of villagers in panchayat meetings, the village has been able to get regular water and electricity supply; the number of anganwaadi centres have increased from three to nine; two solar pumps have been installed to ensure regular water supply; check dams have been constructed to recharge water in the wells; and every house has a tap that supplies regular drinking water.

  • 2013 UN Public Services Awardees Felicitated in Delhi

    Three public service initiatives from Kerala, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh were felicitated for receiving the United Nations Public Service Awards 2013. These public institutions were recognized for innovative solutions that have helped improve service delivery, ensured greater transparency and empowered women through rural markets.

  • 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 use technology and e-governance for sustainable development and to ensure that nations are able to collaborate better for a shared future.

  • UNDP Administrator Helen Clark India visit 2010

    As part of her five-day visit to India in 2010, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visited Bhilwara district in Rajasthan to witness several innovations undertaken under the government’s flagship rural employment guarantee Act – the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act that are designed to promote greater transparency and accountability in practices. In Bhilwara, Ms Clark also interacted with women panchayat leaders to discuss greater women’s participation in decision making at local level.

  • India - A Ray of Hope in Times of Economic Crisis

    A pioneering piece of legislation that recognises work as a fundamental right and guarantees 100 days of employment a year to people in rural areas is emerging as a ray of hope for India’s poor, who have been left even more vulnerable by the aftershocks of the global economic crisis.

  • On Our Own but Not Alone

    This is a film about four women who fight their way against hardships, injustice and trauma to establish their rightful place in society. They emerge from their struggles as social change agents, symbols of independence and icons to be emulated.