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Social protection critical to end economic crisis
Feb 21, 2010 The Asia Pacific MDG Progress Report calls for strengthening social protection and re-thinking of the prevailing growth model in light of the global economic crises. Governments are urged to reorient their development policy framework to place the poor and the vulnerable first for accelerated achievement of MDGs.
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Highway to hygiene
Mar 17, 2010 Kumar Alok‘s recently released book on rural sanitation addresses the importance of sanitation and hygiene and goes on to analyse the successes and challenges of the expanding sanitation movement in India. It aims to bring about a change in sanitation practices by generating awareness.
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Kashmir Assembly introduces bill against domestic violence
Mar 29, 2010 Aimed at protecting women against any kind of violence within the family, a bill has been introduced in Kashmir’s legislative Assembly by the Social Welfare Minister. It prohibits abuse or threats by husband, harassment by way of dowry and provides women rights to secure housing.
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India's farm sector fails to get sufficient attention
Mar 30, 2010 Indian farmers are plagued with various challenges related to degraded soil, depleted ground water and stagnant crop yields. Even the prosperous ones are complaining of smaller or stagnated yields due to the liberal use of synthetic fertilisers and the shift in government policies to land and water mining.
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Plans underway to replace controversial Armed Force act
Apr 03, 2010 On the recommendations of the Jeevan Reddy Committee and the Second Administrative Reform Commission, plans to replace the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in force in some northeastern states and in Jammu and Kashmir with a more humane law has been announced.
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India: No policy for radioactive waste disposal
Apr 13, 2010 While the police continue with their investigations regarding the presence of radioactive material in a Delhi scrap market post a fire accident, there is no monitoring of such waste at a municipal level. Radioactive waste is not even mentioned in any of the ministry rules relating to e-waste disposal.
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Guidelines to Kashmir orphanages for child care
Apr 21, 2010 Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir recently released a document that spells out specific quality standards under 15 categories for orphanages in Kashmir Valley. Developed by the Department of Social Welfare with support from Save the Children, the document aims to cover every sphere of activity in orphanages.
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Pakistan to introduce new labour policy on May 1
Apr 22, 2010 The Ministry of Labour and Manpower is set to launch the draft of National Labour Policy and Industrial Relations Act(IRA) on May 1. With an aim to make Pakistan a truly welfare state, the policy would focus on consolidation of laws, advocacy, promotion of basic rights of labour and export of manpower.
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Unified system calls for compulsory education till class eight
Jun 01, 2010 The new educational policy of Bangladesh unifies all students of the county under one system, far beyond religion, gender, socio-economic and physical boundaries. The policy also makes education compulsory and free upto class VIII. Apart from other subjects, subjects on Bangladeshi studies, Climate Change and Social Environment are mandatory.
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Cash incentives reduce infant mortality
Jun 04, 2010 The Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) scheme launched in 2005 by Government of India has showed positive result. The institutional delivery rates of ‘low perfoming states’ has gone up and has reduced the infant mortality rate in the states. The success of the policy would have implications in global health policies.
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Let the communities operate their radio stations, says Dr Sreedher
Jul 12, 2012 Dr R Sreedher, media expert and community media practitioner, who recently retired from the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) speaks to Rahul Kumar of OneWorld South Asia, on how the community radio should be entrusted in the hands of the people to make it a really empowering tool for social change.
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Bangladesh reviews UNESCO report on Education for All
Apr 29, 2009 A national session was recently organised in Bangladesh to share UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Report 2009 with government agencies, NGOs, and other development practitioners. Participants felt that educational policies must be formulated and implemented under an inclusive framework.
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Equitable and environmentally sustainable development for poor
May 20, 2010 Sujatha Byravan, writes that it is crucial for the Government to take a path of clean energy and still deliver growth. Hence, National Solar Mission which is a commendable step towards being climate responsible must ensure that it does not marginalise the poor who have little to benefit from on grid power.
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Addressing imbalance in gender bugeting is crucial for India
Feb 23, 2011 Gender budgeting translates gender commitment into budgetary commitment through allocation of funds for programmes that addresses women’s economic, social and political needs. The union budget of India has to take effective measures to address inadequacy in outlays targeting women by reviewing all major programmes and schemes in order to make their objectives, operational guidelines, financial norms and unit costs more gender responsive.
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Indian Govt, UNDP to establish ICHD
Aug 23, 2012 An International Centre for Human Development, ICHD will be set up in India to support efforts by the government to integrate human development approaches and ensure improved development outcomes for poor and marginalised people.
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India takes a re-look at its laws on sexual violence
Jul 21, 2012 The Indian government has stirred a hornet’s nest with its announcement to review Rape laws in the country and tweaking it to make it ‘gender neutral’. The news brought it with it many questions on the state of women’s rights in India and a lot hinges on what decision is made in the end.
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World Bank chief expresses concern over food price volatility
Jul 31, 2012 The World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim has expressed concern over food price volatility globally and the impact it might have on the poor as a result of the drought like situation in India.
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The price of modern slavery
May 12, 2009 Forced labour worldwide amounts to over $20 billion, in terms of lost earnings, says ILO’s new report: The Cost of Coercion. The report presents a new perspective on this insidious practice and suggests implementing integrated policies and programmes to empower those at risk.
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Achieving sustainable mobility
May 29, 2009 Mobility for development, a report from WBCSD examines the state of mobility in fast-growing cities. It argues that with integrated planning and innovative solutions, environmental costs of transportation can be reduced.
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Securing human rights amidst crisis
Jun 01, 2009 Amnesty International’s report: The State of the World’s Human Rights reveals that global recession is fuelling suppression of human rights. As governments worldwide crack down on people protesting against economic hardships, the document highlights the need for a new global deal to avert further instability.
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Monitoring food security
Jun 03, 2009 UNESCAP report – Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Asia and the Pacific – examines different kind of challenges to food security of the region, springing from the ongoing economic recession. The study suggests a regional framework of action and advocates strengthening of social protection programmes to tackle the crisis.
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Mainstreaming climate change in development
Jun 12, 2009 OECD’s Policy Guidance on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation advances the notion of applying a climate lens to policymaking to reduce vulnerability. The document focuses on strengthening countries’ and donors’ capacities to integrate adaptation responses at various levels of development planning.
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Ecosystem and human well-being
Jun 15, 2009 UNDP-UNEP’s new handbook Mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into development planning serves as a guide for practitioners engaged in the task of mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into national development planning. The document lays out a programmatic approach to a flexible model that can be adapted to national circumstances.
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MDG advocacy in elections
Jun 17, 2009 To inspire citizens for realising development goals, UN Millennium Campaign’s toolkit Campaigning for the MDGs: Making Votes and Voices Count in Elections outlines practical strategies for advocacy during the electoral process. It is designed to guide political parties and activists in carrying out an effective campaign.
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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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A gender approach to climate change
Jul 16, 2009 UNDP's new document Gender and Climate Change makes the linkages between gender equality, poverty and climate vulnerability. The manual emphasises on the inclusion of women’s voices, needs and expertise in climate change policy and programming for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
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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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Mapping development across South Asia
Aug 13, 2009 SAARC Development Goals, a report by South Asian Network for Agricultural and Social Development assesses the progress of South Asian countries, taking MDG targets as the benchmark. Providing a comparative analysis, the document serves as a useful reference point to frame adequate policy responses.
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Governance and poverty in Nepal
Sep 01, 2009 ODIs new publication Governance and Citizenship from Below: Views of Poor and Excluded Groups and their Vision for a New Nepal provides a first-hand account of the realities of poor and excluded groups in post-conflict Nepal. It advocates effective policy and awareness programme at the grassroots level for eradicating poverty.
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Managing nature and alleviating poverty
Sep 22, 2009 OECD’s publication Natural Resources and Pro-Poor Growth: The Politics and Economics shows how effective policy making and investments aimed at natural resource management can support economic development and poverty reduction. It offers decision makers a wealth of examples to adopt and replicate.
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