MD Speaks
Wishing all of you a very Happy and Prosperous 2014 !

The first Wallpaper for 2014 talks of working together, of team spirit and of organisational success. As the quote says, a lot can get done if we don't worry about who gets the credit. During 2014, I wish all of us prefer more 'whats' over 'whos' - for example. ask 'what is right' instead of 'who is right'.

The moment we expand our perspective to consider the bigger picture of what is right / useful / effective rather than who is right / useful / effective, the answers become clearer and the path comes nearer.

May we all have a fantastic 2014.

- Ashwajit Singh
Editorial

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A new year has commenced brining new hopes and aspirations. The nation wakes up to the calling of improvement in governance. Whether, these hopes would translate into reality or not is yet to be seen? The news of the month captures the moods and aspirations of people demanding for good governance. It talks about the necessity of advancement of good governance in international development. It reflects on why development practitioners need to synergize their energies in building a more open and accountable government?

Happy reading and be inspired!

- Rebika Laishram

Report Rallies

Rise in HIV cases says UNICEF

A new report released by UNICEF shows great progress has been made to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, with more than 850,000 new childhood infections averted between 2005 and 2012 in low- and middle-income countries..... Click here

 

Employability: A Distant Dream?

According to National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report, as per their studies conducted in 2009-10, there are close to seven crore Indians who are unemployed or..... Click here

 
News Of The Month
The Demand for Good Governance in International Development

The political high on the Kejriwal affect have almost gripped the entire nation. What’s interesting about this euphoria is that a debutant political party has come into power ensuring people that it would bring improvement in Governance. Although, it is too early to seal the fate of the Aam Aadmi Party and to measure it’s populist policies. What’s interesting about the Kejriwal phenomenon is that, it has forced most prime time channels, to bring back the debate on good governance.

We as development professionals often discuss debate and deliberate on issues of governance. When we talk about governance the elephant in the room the ‘Government’ itself is often missing in the deliberations.

Most NGO, CSO’s and other social groups intervene attributed to the non-responsive nature of the government or lack of accountability. Most programmes in the development sector are single issue focused; once the project is completed the question of sustainability often looms at large. This does not in any way minimize the huge role that NGO’s CSO’s and social entrepreneurs have played in social development. But the government works on broad based social issues and indeed it has been the biggest player, even in the poorest countries of the world including Sub Saharan Africa. Governments are elected representatives and hence, they are best suited to serve the public good and the public interest. They are accountable through law, media and through other stakeholders.

In the process of development, it is essential that we recognize that government is not always the problem but often part of the larger solution. If development projects are to have a long term impact, we will need to capacitate the government. Development is often a consequence of good politics and good government. Development practitioners will have to ensure that government is more open, accountable and responsive to their citizen’s needs. 

We can passionately tweet and be critical about governmental policies on social media, but it does not often translate into meaningful political reforms. In the wake of citizens uprising demanding good governance it is essential that we synergize our efforts, to improve Governance. Unless and until there is advancement of good governance, international development would just be a dream too far-fetched.

Development News Clocked This Month

Malaria Who?

Global efforts to curb malaria have saved the lives of 3.3 million people since 2000, cutting global death rates from the mosquito-borne disease by 45 percent and by half in children under 5, the World Health.... Click here

Child-friendly TB drugs to be available soon

Dr. Mel Spigelman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in tuberculosis..... Click here

It’s time to bat for better child-healthcare in India

In 2012, almost 6.6 million children around the world did not live to see their fifth birthday. India accounts for 1.4 million of these deaths. This means that we as a country, and as Indians, have failed t ....Click here

UP and Bihar important to meet World Bank’s Poverty Goals

Ending poverty in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar is crucial to meet World Bank's goal of eliminating extreme poverty from the world by 2030, said Onno Ruhl, country director of World Bank said.... Click here

Historic moment for UNESCAP

Thirty-six Asia-Pacific nations unanimously adopted a landmark declaration at a United Nations forum of ministers in Thailand, outlining the road map towards a regional economic community..... Click here

Meeting urban India’s growing environment challenges

The urban share in India’s population has steadily increased from 17 % in 1951 to 31 % in 2011. In 1951, there were only five cities with more than a million people.....Click here

AID Roundup

IDA reviews funding scheme for ‘weak’ states

The International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for poor countries, is set to change the way it determines funding for fragile and conflict-affected states like..... Click here

Odisha to spend Rs. 15000 crore on Road

The Odisha state government plans to invest Rs. 15000 crore for development of major road networks, including state highways, district and other roads in the state and has sought.... Click here

IDA to have $52 bil. from donor countries

Donor countries have pledged $52 billion for 2014-2016 borrowing to the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for poor countries, the Washington, D.C.-based.....Click here

 
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