Uttarakhand is often referred to as Devbhumi or the Land of the Gods and is known for its scenic beauty and breathtaking landscapes. A Google search for Uttarakhand today, however, throws open images and videos of flash floods, falling mountains and people and property being washed away. Uttarakhand faced flash floods back in 2013 which became a national concern as it was the most petrifying disaster after the Tsunami of 2004. That disaster, it seems, was just a starting point. Ever since then, we hear news of devastations like landslides, buildings collapsing, floods etc. caused due to rains during the monsoon season. This year, yet again, the monsoon is bringing news of devastation across Uttrakhand. In Dehradun, the State capital, the onset of the monsoon witnessed the loss of 7
SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) along with ITC and Larsen & Toubro Public Charitable Trust recently launched Code Unnati, a multi-year, collaborative digital literacy and software skills development initiative. The initiative will work to strengthen Government of India's Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan (PMGDSA) and will enable employability through digital literacy. Code Unnati partners with 6 diverse non-profit organisations to impart digital literacy to children, adolescents, the differently-abled & other citizens and drive employment-led software skills development for the underprivileged. This initiative envisions to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals of - No Poverty, Quality Education, Decent Work & Economic Growth, and Partnership For the Goals. Th
Spice Mobility and Spice Digital's initiative, Ek Soch Sandbox in collaboration with Deshpande Foundation will be organizing Development Dialogue 2016 on 19th July 2016 at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Campus, Varanasi. Development Dialogue 2016 will bring together social entrepreneurs under one roof who work in partnership to impact lives of people at grassroots level. The theme for Development Dialogue 2016 is Execute locally and innovate globally to deliberate on the intertwined nature of innovation and execution. With the Development Dialogue 2016, Ek Soch Sandbox aims to initiate a dialogue on affordable and scalable solutions required to empower the lives of people at the grass root level with the necessary leadership and skill development. Addressing the local challenges,
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in collaboration with Development Alternatives has announced the launch of the Youth Citizen Service - YCS Leadership Challenge 2015. Youth Citizen Service is an action learning programme for young Indians. The programme is aimed at creating an opportunity for India’s youth to actively work towards addressing development issues while building a deeper understanding of the dynamics of poverty and development. The YCS programme will select 12 young people in the age group of 22-29 who will then get an opportunity to volunteer in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradeshe as part of this full time, six weeks long programme. The programme will support travel, accommodation, food, medical insurance and training costs of the vo
Not so long ago, in a village named Ralegan Siddhi, poverty and indebtedness made people helpless often leading them to desperation and ultimately to alcoholism. Quarrels and street fights were daily chores and the village itself was in a pathetic state of mere existence. This was the distressed Ralegan Siddhi which made one man stand out and 'be the change.' Anna Hazare took upon himself to rid Ralegan Siddhi of its miseries and transform it into a prosperous village which feeds into the development of India. Through watershed management and improvement in the overall environment, he could bring about a change in the social structure of the village and became a leader that everyone came to respect. Thirty six years from then, this same Gandhian moved the nation from Rajghat and Ramlil
A two days stakeholder consultation to develop the framework for strengthening biodiversity conservation programs and initiating action for assessing the economic value of India’s natural capital is ongoing right now. It aims to recognize, demonstrate, capture and optimize the value of biodiversity and ecosystem service and targets policy actions at national and state levels, improvements in business assessments and disclosure, and improved citizen awareness of the issues involved. The consultations is expected to cover subjects like financing biodiversity in India, introduction of The Economic of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) framework and its relevance for business and NGOs, bring forth climate change concerns with respect to biodiversity conservation and appl
For those of you who were inspired by Shahrukh Khan's frustration in Swades and are concerned about India's overall development, the time has come! The State Bank of India (SBI) has initiated a Youth for India fellowship programme funded and managed by the SBI in partnership with other NGOs. The fellowship provides a framework for India's best young minds to join hands with rural communities, empathise with their struggles and connect with their aspirations. The Programme seeks to help India secure an equitable and sustainable growth path by: Providing educated Indian youth with an opportunity to touch lives and create positive change at the grass root level in rural India Providing NGOs working on development projects in rural India with educated manpower whose skill sets can be...
The Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah addressing at the DIREC, in Greater NOIDA India is making good progress on most economic development indicators and is on its way to becoming a more developed economy in the coming years. This can also be inferred by President Obama's recent visit to the country where he said India is not emerging but has already emerged! Fortunately, the development is now taking place keeping the environment in mind as India makes steady strides in going green in all sectors. The mainstreaming of environmentalism, something the Delhi Greens Blog has been advocating since its inceptions, is now integral to the nation's governance, policies and acts. During a recent AICC session, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi highlighted the...
No doubt there are environmental costs to the rolling out of the physical infrastructure like water supply pipes or roads or electric city production and distribution and even telecom development. We are all concerned of the cost to the environment. The public policies like Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) gets a flack from us development professionals for similar reasons. But have we seriously considered what life is like without any of these infrastructure roll outs? I clearly remember that October night, the night before Bhaiya Duj in Diwali. I was standing in my neighbours house some twenty five years ago using their large black telephone instrument. It was almost past 10.30 pm. I had already made one wrong number, one engaged call and another got disconnecte...
The profound privilege of continuing with the blog is because of each of you who visits the site and reads it regularly. I truly appreciate you all for that and especially those who take the time out to comment on it. Similarly, climate change related negotiations exist because majority of us believe that continued greenhouse gases emission is not good. ‘This should not happen’ and so we must take action to contribute in any way we can, even if it means to read a blog or responding to one--all in the attempt to generating awareness on the topic. This fortnight--7 December to 18 December 2009--is dedicated to negotiations on climate change and is an outcome of this collective belief. The Conference of Parties (COP), with 192 member countries, formed in 1992, is attending this confere