Stories of Change


Guaranteeing Jobs, Building Sustainable Livelihoods

The visit of Miss Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to Bhilwara district in the western Indian state of Rajasthan shed light on several critical elements of the pioneering legislation, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Guaranteei more


Volunteering to Help Resettle Families: A Young Man Supports Displaced

Twenty-six-year-old Chakradhar Patra from Mayurbhani in Orissa supports people who have been displaced from their villages due to development projects such as dams, new upcoming industries and railways. Chakradhar Patra from Mayurbhani Twenty-six-year-old Chakradhar Patra from Orissa’s Mayurbhanj is more


Conserving Water the Traditional Way

The United Nations Development Programme-supported water conservation project in the arid Marwar region of the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan has shown that traditional knowledge and community involvement goes a long way in saving every precious drop of water. Helping Communities Help Themse more


Social Mobilization for Poverty Alleviation

As a result of UNDP India’s Social Mobilization for Poverty Alleviation project in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, women in the villages of Udaipur in Rajasthan have been able to open bank accounts and take important decisions related to livelihoods. OWNING more

Promoting Financial Inclusion - Can the Constraints of Political Economy Be Overcome?

In collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the paper outlines the constraints and challenges of financial services; impact of government and regulator policies to promote financial inclusion; and product-specific challenges in enabling greater access to financial services.

Empowered People; Resilient Nation

The report highlights the emerging landscape in India and key development challenges that face the country. In doing so it aims to identify key areas that can contribute to transformational change that empower people and build an inclusive, climate-resilient, sustainable development paradigm for 2013-17 and beyond.

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