MD Speaks
Welcome to August 2014

Dear IPEans
Flying is the art of throwing yourself at the ground - and missing.

That's what the first flying humans, with giant wings strapped to their arms, standing at the edge of cliffs, perhaps thought. And then fell to their deaths.

But if it was not for them, the Wright Brothers would not have had the thoughts, ideas or courage necessary to power up their version of the flying machine.

It is precisely because of the first failures that subsequent successes happened!
Success needs optimism - and faith - but also courage and perseverance. Often you must have the courage to fall, face down on the ground. But know that in this failure are the seeds of future successes.

In August every year, we celebrate India's Independence day. And this year, our artist has designed our wallpaper with India's tri-colours and the spirit of flying.

May your energy and passion fuel IPE Global to newer heights. And may the Indian colours continue to fly high across the world. I wish you all a very happy Independence Day!
Best wishes
- Ashwajit Singh
Editorial

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With the recent impetus from Indian PM on addressing sanitation challenges and issues troubling thousands in our country we as development practitioners have added responsibility to offer sustainable solutions in sync with our goal of making international development a reality.

You can also read about IPE Global’s newly won projects and news coverage.

Happy reading and be Inspired!

- Rebika Laishram , Kriti Pandey

Report Rallies

UN Member States receive report on finance for sustainable development

The report, Forwarded to the Assembly by the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, established that, with appropriate reallocation, a robust $22 trillion in annual global savings could meet the financing needs for sustainable development in the future... Click here

Climate Change May Slash 9% From South Asia’s Economy By 2100–Report

The ADB report predicts that by 2050, the collective economy of six countries—Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka—will lose an average 1.8% of its annual gross domestic product, rising to 8.8% by 2100. The forecast assumes a 4.6°C rise in global temperatures, but given the uncertainties of climate change, there is a slight chance that annual losses will rise to as high as 24% by 2100... Click here

Pedalling towards a Greener India: A report on promoting Cycling in the country

Cycling is amongst the most sustainable modes of mobility. Having zero dependence on fossil fuels and zero emissions, cycles have zero environmental impact and present an affordable transport option for millions of Indians who cannot afford any form of motorized transport... Click here

News Of The Month
Bridging Sanitation Gap in India

Open channels flooded with waste water along Indian streets, women carrying earthen pots walking long distances to collect water in scorching sun, villagers defecating out in open fields or behind bushes – are common sights one might come across in Indian towns and villages depicting lack of basic infrastructure like toilets in households or clean drinking water taps. The enormity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that sanitation challenges have affected thousands from Himalayas in the north to Kanyakumari in south and from Thar in west to the vast green expanse of Kaziranga in east. But the country is yet to receive a sanitary awakening to free its existence from these appalling conditions.

Recent impetus from Indian PM, who emphasized in his Independence Day speech earlier this month, to address the sanitation challenges, might be catalytic in giving momentum to interventions framed to address this problem.

Given the slow pace of progress in India on meeting MDG’s sanitation goal, which pledges to ‘halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation’, India still has a long way to go.

According to the latest reports India has achieved impressive results on clean drinking water supply but still 51 per cent of its population defecates out in the open which in turn accounts for 60 per cent of the world's total open defecations. It has been estimated one in every ten deaths in India is linked to poor sanitation and hygiene. Lately there has been spurt in cases of violence against women while defecating out in the open due to lack of toilets in the household.

With Modi’s clean India juggernaut, India Inc. has now aligned their need to find outlets for CSR spends with a politically national objective and are therefore in a rush to pledge sustainable sum of money to address sanitation challenges.

In quick succession Tata Consultancy Services, Bharti Foundation, Hindustan Unilever, Aditya Birla Group, ITC and Adani Group, among others have announced big CSR spendings to help built a modern India with well-equipped sanitation and safe drinking water facilities.

The answer to address these challenges starts from addressing leakages in official spending, monitoring of progress and creating linkages among different agencies in several on-going sanitation schemes and projects. Sanitation and hygiene challenges can be best addressed only after a complete achievement of desired behavioural change goals which somehow have still not reached the lower strata of the Indian society. Maximum challenge to address sanitation problems emerges from the unorganized slum areas with lack of hygiene knowledge disrupting even the continuous efforts of the municipalities.

The sanitation crisis has become intense over the recent years in both the rural and urban areas calling for sustainable solutions

IPE Global Round-Up

Newly won Project: Design Supervision Consultancy Services at Jammu under the Jammu & Kashmir Urban Sector Development Investment Program (JKUSDIP) - Project 2

This project is funded by ADB and executed by ERA (Economic Reconstruction Agency), Government of Jammu and Kashmir. The Design Supervision Consultants (DSC) will assist the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) established in Jammu under the PMU for the Investment Program (JKUSDIP) to strengthen the program management and implementation capability...Click here

Chilika in for master Tourism plan boost, IPE Global to draft the master plan

A master plan to boost tourism in and around the Chilika lake, which has made it to UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage sites, is on the anvil.

The plan for the water body and its adjoining areas would be prepared under the Centre-sponsored Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project...Click here

Triple Line Consulting, an of IPE Global subsidiary publishes practice briefs under its Knowledge Transfer Partnership Project

Triple Line and University of Bath’s KTP programme focuses on the management and evaluation of challenge funds. The practice briefs series relates to best practice in challenge fund design, management, monitoring and evaluation. It hopes to aid donors and development practitioners in making informed decisions when thinking about or working through the challenge fund model...Click here

AID Roundup

World Bank Signs US$25 Million Grant for African Union Commission to Boost Support for Economic Transformation in Africa

The World Bank Group and the African Union Commission (AUC) today signed an International Development Association (IDA*) grant of US$25 million to support capacity development of the AUC and other African Union organs... Click here

Infrastructure remains top area of support for JICA

In the first half of 2014, the Japan International Cooperation Agency signed off on 578.74 billion yen ($5.65 billion) worth of projects, mostly in the infrastructure sector... Click here

World Bank Revitalizes Education Development in Sierra Leone with US$17.9Million and US$5.5Million

The World Bank has in the form of a grant, make available the sum of more than twenty million United States Dollars to uplifting educational development in Sierra Leone...Click here

 
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