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India's inclusive growth remains elusive
Apr 20, 2010 Despite investing billions on social schemes, there is still a whopping gap in income growth and health delivery in many states of India. Experts indicate these widely promoted welfare measures are ridden by graft and ill-conceived, and may have become an easy populist tool for the government.
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India: Agricultural investments urged to avert food crisis
Apr 30, 2010 A Dutch agricultural expert has cautioned India of a possible food crisis if the agricultural sector remains ignored for long. With India’s farm sector plagued by problems of irrigation and shortage of arable land, he advises the government to make new investments in agricultural infrastructure and in land reforms.
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Cost of healthcare to go up in Bhutan
Jan 28, 2010 Bhutan is likely to witness sharp increase in healthcare costs, says a McKinsey finding. The country’s health minister has urged for more efficiency, stressing on cutting costs by about 15% so as to make it possible for government to continue providing free healthcare services.
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Social Business: Anybody, Anyone can do it
Jun 28, 2010 One of the seven principles in social business is "to do it with joy." Mohammed Yunus, a Nobel laureate on the occasion of International Social Business Day argues that social business is different from social entrepreneurship - a new category of business expanding social benefits to people.
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Women entrepreneurs: Big dreams, medium ventures and small capital
Mar 31, 2011 Women own enterprises that employ many people, but face more barriers than men in finding capital to expand their businesses, says Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, fellow and Deputy Director of Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council of Foreign Relations. What's needed, she says, is investment in resources to help women make small ventures bigger.
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Investing in green energy
Jun 24, 2009 UNEP’s Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2009 documents significant surge in sustainable energy investments worldwide. Despite the worst ever financial crisis, the report notes increased use of renewables and advocates an eco-friendly approach to meet challenges like energy security and resource efficiency.
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Achieving holistic growth in Asia
Jul 06, 2009 Asian Development Outlook 2009 presents a comprehensive analysis of 45 developing economies in Asia and the Pacific. In the context of global financial crisis, this document by Asian Development Bank underlines the risks of growth that is excessively dependent on external demand.
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MDGs mired in economic crisis
Jul 20, 2009 United Nation’s latest Millennium Development Goals Report 2009 highlights the emerging challenges emanating from the economic crisis that can reverse the progress towards the eight goals. The report emphasises on the adoption of right policies and actions, backed by adequate funding and political will to achieve an equitable and sustainable future.
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Synergising climate and development challenges
Sep 03, 2009 United Nations latest report World Economic and Social Survey 2009 highlights the impact of climate change on developing countries and the need for stronger efforts to cut down emissions. The document recommends a combination of large-scale investments and active government policy interventions for holistic development.
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New ICT index to reduce emissions
Sep 08, 2009 International Development Corporation's newly launched ICT Sustainability Index will guide nations in effectively meeting internal and international emission targets. The index score will help countries compare their current energy profile with their spending patterns to prioritise ICT investments in major sectors.
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Towards a climate smart world
Nov 13, 2009 Developing countries can chart a low-carbon path and still promote development to reduce poverty. World Bank’s World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change points out that with technical and financial assistance from high-income countries, a climate smart world can be built.
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Freeing education of financial constraints in South Asia
May 10, 2010 Education budgeting in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, discusses how economic and financial constraints in South Asia have forced governments to adopt cautious policies on public expenditure, especially in education. This work presents diverse experiences of how budgetary procedures are organised and implemented.
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Urgent call for South Asia to meet MDGs
Jun 30, 2010 The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010, points out that though some of the world's poorest countries have made significant progress, South Asia, especially India needs to make serious efforts in terms of policy and investments to fill up the gaps and achieve the MDG targets.
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India: More NGOs, than schools and health centres
Jul 07, 2010 Housing the largest number of active non-government, not-for-profit organisations, an estimated 3.3 million of them, India has an NGO for every 400 people. While the government is the biggest donor for these organisations, private sector companies are yet to venture seriously into philanthropy.
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Patients in cash-trouble
Jul 13, 2010 Four major state-run insurance companies have decided to stop cash-less hospitalisation at select hospitals in India. According to the companies, fake claims by some hospitals have forced them to scrap the facility while there are voices of concern from industry quarters.
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UNICEF urges Bangladesh to end child poverty
Oct 22, 2010 UNICEF confirmed that over three crore children live below the poverty line in Bangladesh, while launching a survey report on the progress of children in the country recently. Stating child poverty as a major obstacle to development, it urged the government to raise budgetary allocations for the welfare of children.
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Asian nations at the forefront in green investments
May 06, 2010 China and Republic of Korea lead the way in green investments as part of their economic stimulus packages with 3% GDP allotted to environmental sectors, according to a new book co-published by UNEP. Other countries need to invest more in global economic recovery efforts to prevent further damages, says the author.
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UN to prioritise women, child MDGs at Summit
Sep 14, 2010 Even after ten years since the inception of Millennium Development Goals, women and child related MDGs have not received adequate attention and their progress has been inconsistent. The United Nations has, therefore, made these goals its prime focus during the upcoming MDG review summit in New York.
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Invest in adolescents to further progress towards MDGs: UNICEF
Feb 25, 2011 Investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents could help rescue them from a lifetime of poverty, ignorance, sexual inequality, and violence, said UNICEF in its State of the World's Children report 2011. By providing education and training to teenagers, countries can reap a large and productive workforce that can significantly contribute to the economy, the report said.
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Ethiopian government leasing farmland to international contractors at knockdown rates
Mar 21, 2011 Ethiopia, one of world’s largest recipients of humanitarian aid, has offered three million hectares of virgin land to large-scale foreign corporations at incredibly low cost. With contactors from 36 countries including India, China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia setting up businesses, the country’s Gambella province is now at the centre of the global rush for cheap land.
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China at the forefront in clean energy investment: Pew
Mar 30, 2011 China has underlined its position as the world's leading power in clean energy investment by attracting a record $54.4bn (£34bn), a study done by the US Pew Environment Group in G20 leading economies has shown. In addition, China was also the world's leading producer of wind turbines and solar energy units.
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Oxfam reveals growing trend of land grabs
Sep 22, 2011 International NGO Oxfam is calling for investors, governments and international organisations to stop to land grabbing in developing nations. Foreign investors buy land in poor countries and disempower or displace local communities dependant on that land.
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India opens stock market for foreign investors
Jan 02, 2012 Indian government has decided to open up its stock market to individual foreign investors from January 15 in an attempt to boost country’s faltering economy.
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US aid to boost technology in Islamic countries
Nov 05, 2009 The US-sponsored global technology and innovation fund will invest million of dollars in projects that will promote technological development and innovations in the Muslim-majority countries. Critics, however, say that the real intention is to get more access to the huge market in these countries.
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Global food security in the realm of possibility
Nov 16, 2009 Two new reports have concluded that it is possible to ensure food security, if right kinds of policies are pursued. These reports by FAO and International Food Policy Research Institute document many success stories across the globe.
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UN food summit begins on optimistic note
Nov 17, 2009 UN chief lays out steps to save billions from hunger at the inaugural ceremony of the World Summit on Food Security in Rome. Leaders are drawing up comprehensive measures to combat hunger that is now gravely exacerbated by climate change and population growth.
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Countries' climate change adaptation
Sep 28, 2011 The Global Adaptation Index is a multi-faceted tool that gives a unique look at a country's vulnerability to global warming and readiness to adapt. The project is a Global Adaptation Institute initiative.
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Bringing risk reduction on the development agenda
Jun 18, 2009 At the ongoing biennial session on disaster risk reduction, UN representatives have recommended governments to increase investments in sound and sustainable disaster risk reduction measures. Millions of people have lost their lives and property in the past few years due to weather, climate or water-related calamities.
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Kenya set to host Africa's biggest wind farm
Aug 24, 2009 Around 365 giant wind turbines will be installed in the deserts of Kenya creating the biggest wind farm in Africa. Reeling under energy crisis, the continent is exploring the potential of wind and solar energy to meet growing demands from rural areas and businesses.
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G20 tightens rules on banking capital to foster growth
Sep 25, 2009 At the second day of the Pittsburgh summit, the G20 has vowed to ensure a stable world economy by reforming bank regulations and tackling climate change. The leaders also agreed to provide more voting powers to developing countries like India and China at the IMF for securing their domestic economies.
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