Stories of Change


‘Health Without Harm’: Reducing Risk from Healthcare Waste in India

The Global Healthcare Waste Management project, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests and supported by WHO and Health Care Without Harm is helping promote best practices in healthcare waste management and mercury waste management at King George’s Medical Uni 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


Easing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s Biodiversity

UNDP has partnered with the Government of Tamil Nadu to demonstrate the possibilities of conserving the environment and encouraging sustainable development processes in the Gulf of Mannar. On the south eastern coast of India, the sun begins to come up over the sea as a fisherman in a checked dhoti s more


A Green Label for Indian Tea

A UNDP project with the Tea Board of India is helping small tea processing enterprises adopt a range of measures to improve energy efficiency in processing. With over USD 2.5 million investments, the tea producers of the Nilgiri hills in south India are leading the way in demonstrating the possibili more


Linking the Vulnerable: HIV/AIDS in Rural India

A unique government scheme that engages district level functionaries to link those vulnerable to HIV in rural areas with local health services, encourages behavioural change, and advocates for policy change is strengthening social protection of people living with HIV(PLHIV) in a country where an est more


My Home, My Way: UNDP Helps Disaster Victims Build Back Better

A Government of Bihar and UNDP pilot helped rebuild climate resilient houses devastated by the Kosi floods of 2008 through empowering local communities to own the reconstruction process. A pilot initiative supported by the Government of Bihar and UNDP and implemented by the Owner Driven Reconstructi 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


Sustainable Livelihoods for Tribal Communities

Twenty-five year old Gobardhan Munda’s income has doubled, he now has a bank account and a Kisan Credit Card. He grew up juggling several jobs to support his seven member family. Barely able to eke out a living from his small plot of land, he would work as daily wage earner, loading construction mat more

Disaster Management in India

India is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, losing about two percent of the GDP on an average to disasters. This publication by the Ministry of Home Affairs, and supported by UNDP highlights policies and programmes undertaken by the Government of India to mitigate disaster risk, and areas of action to make the country disaster resilient in the future.

From the Frontline of Community Action: A Compendium of Six Successful Community Based HIV Interventions That Have Worked for MSM- TG-Hijras in India

The report critically assesses six community-based organizations working with men-who-have-sex-with-men and transgenders from different parts of the country. It details key interventions implemented by them, partnerships with other community members, lessons learnt and replicable models for further interventions

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