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There are few things as wondrous as a waterfall. It is a spectacle of nature created with merely water, gravity and a sense of divine design. It is the ultimate display of nature's energy, dynamism and purposefulness!

Waterfalls are found only in hilly or mountainous terrain. When the going is easy, water flows easily; but when there are sharp turns and bends, or even no way at all, water is not afraid to jump into the unknown - and find its way ahead.

Just like the waterfall, at IPE Global, we continuously explore newer challenges - and discover untread paths.

Just as the purpose of the river's journey is to meet the sea, we too strive to achieve through our efforts, the ultimate goal of 'making international development a ground reality'.

The beauty of the waterfall is enhanced by the joy it gives to those who witness it, enjoy it and are happy to be part of it. We too seek to make the journey of IPE Global an enjoyable one for all of us, our clients and the beneficiaries.

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- Ashwajit Singh
Editorial
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The month of June commemorates the World Environment Day. We as development practitioners strongly advocate the cause of Sustainable Development.

The News of the Month shares insights about some of the issues relating to environmental protection from the perspective of the developed vis-à-vis the developing world.

This Inspire edition also includes a recent report by the World Bank which highlights the economic benefits of Climate-Smart Development.

You can also read about IPE Global’s newly won projects and some of the recent Project Activities.

Happy reading and be inspired!

- Rebika Laishram , Roshni Chaudhury

Report Rallies

World Bank Report highlights the benefits of Climate-Smart Development

Government policies that improve energy efficiency and public transport could increase global economic output by more than $1.8 trillion per year, according to a new analysis released by the World Bank. The “Adding up the Benefits” report focuses on five countries – Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and the United States; and the European Union... Click here

 

World Bank Lowers Growth Forecast for Developing Countries this year

Developing countries are headed for a third consecutive year of slow growth below 5 per cent, as first quarter weakness in 2014 has delayed an expected pick-up in economic activity, says the World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report, issued this... Click here

 
News Of The Month

A significant day commemorated in the month of June is the World Environment Day (June 5). This year, The World Environment Day was dedicated to the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and was observed with a call for solidarity with the islands, in the wake of the compelling threats they are faced with due to climate change. The existential issues faced by small islands today, is one of the several examples of the negative pitfalls of unbridled economic development, which comes associated with its own set of environmental challenges. It must be appreciated that development, merely for its own sake, without sustainability at its bedrock, has the imminent potential for escalating into a huge crisis for the world community at large.

The fault lines regarding the issue of environmental protection become very pronounced as per the perspective of the developed world vis-à-vis that of the developing world. While making policies, the developed countries assign greater priority to the environmental dimensions. They also undertake initiatives to assess and mitigate negative environmental impact. A significant fact which often goes unacknowledged by the developed world is that they possess the wherewithal necessary for implementing measures on environmental protection, due to their advanced level of industrialization. On the other hand, the developing countries addressing environmental issues are starting from an unequal footing. In developing countries the main challenge is to provide a minimum standard of living to the people. It is difficult for such an economic model to meet the expected environmental protection measures because it is cost intensive. One of the basic arguments cited is that unless rural poverty is eliminated, many of the people in developing nations will have no alternative but to overexploit natural resources for their day-to-day survival.

In order to bridge this gap between the developed and the developing world, the principle of ‘Common but Differentiated Responsibilities’ was formalized at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro. The CBDR has two fundamental ideas. The first is the common responsibility, which reflects the duty of all nation states to share the burden of environmental protection, based on the premise of a common heritage and common concern for humankind. The second is the differentiated responsibility, which acknowledges the fact that the developed and the developing world have different historical contributions to global environmental problems. It also takes into account that there exists unequal material, social and economic situations across nation states, due to which all countries do not have the same financial, technological and structural capacity to tackle these problems. In this sense the principle establishes a conceptual framework for an equitable allocation of the costs for global environmental protection.

Finding solutions is a challenge because any country that unilaterally acts first in imposing any of the environment protection measures may face a competitive economic disadvantage, if other nations do not honour the commitments for such measures from their end.

The developed world often regard the CBDR principle as based on ad- hoc arrangements at the international level, whereas the developing countries want to shift the burden of ‘historical responsibility’ on to the developed countries, and give differentiation the status of customary international law. Despite the challenges for arriving at a consensus, the developed and the developing world must come together to make Common but Differentiated Responsibility a standard macro-level norm for developing an environmentally sustainable global economic development model.

At the micro-level or the level of the Nation State, several initiatives can be taken to protect the environment. The ‘Polluter pays Principle’ should be adopted for goods with negative environmental externalities, to ensure that consumers pay the total social cost including the environmental costs. For example, greater taxes should be imposed on polluting items. Policy-making should support greater incentives for promoting the commercialization of environment-friendly green technologies and renewable energy sources. A greater thrust should be given to expansion of public transportation systems in urban areas, and so on.

Economic development inevitably results in a certain amount of environmental degradation, some of it being unavoidable. However, it would be myopic to view this challenge merely from the prism of the ‘economic development-environmental degradation’ trade-off. Rather, there needs to be a paradigm shift towards a new thought process in which economic growth and environmental protection co-exist as complementary and symbiotic forces.

IPE Global Round-Up

Newly won Project: Consultancy for Preparation of Tourism Master Plan for the Chilika Lake and it’s catchment in Odisha under ICZMP Odisha

This Project is funded by World Bank and implemented by the State Project Management Unit (SPMU). The objective is to promote responsible tourism including ecotourism and community-based tourism; but focusing equally on conservation and wise use of natural resources... Click here

 

Newly won Project: Scaling Up Interventions in Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child, and Adolescent Health

This program is one of the component areas of the Health Systems Strengthening, Quality Improvement and RMNCH+A Scale-Up Project. The program has been funded by the USAID and is being implemented in partnership with the Government of India and the respective state governments of Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab and Uttarakhand. The primary objective of the program is to provide effective Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child, and Adolescent Health solutions, scaled to achieve significant reductions in preventable morbidity and mortality among women and children... Click here

IPE Global’s Knowledge Partnership Programme (KPP), funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), launches website

The Knowledge Partnership Programme (KPP), funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), envisages production and dissemination of high quality policy analysis for sharing Indian and global evidence, best practices and expertise on policies impacting development outcomes in India- which have the potential for replication in Low Income Countries (LICs) and reducing global poverty. The Programme aims to support advocacy towards strengthening policy design and implementation. The KPP focuses on the areas of Food Security, Resource Scarcity and Climate Change, Health and Disease Control, Women and Girls, Trade and Investment and Development Effectiveness.

The KPP website includes various Studies, Reports and Other Knowledge Products. The website also includes country profiles of the eight priority LICs identified by the Programme- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda... Click here

 

The KPP website can also be visited from the Our Businesses page of the corporate website under the section Centre for Knowledge Development at: Click here

IPE Global in collaboration with NMEW releases document on "Good Practices of Convergence on Economic Empowerment of Women

The National Resource Centre for Women (NRCW) released the document – “Good Practices of Convergence on Economic Empowerment of Women” on the 4th of June 2014, during the Eastern Regional Training on “Achieving Gender Mainstreaming through Convergence” organized by National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW), Government of India with support from Asian Development Bank and UN Women. IPE Global Pvt. Ltd. through its Knowledge Partnership Programme (KPP) has supported NMEW in publishing the Good Practices compendium.

The publication captures some of the noteworthy initiatives across the country on gender equality and women’s empowerment through gender mainstreaming and highlights various case studies such as Self-Employed Women’s Association – SEWA Bharat, Economic Empowerment of Women– Kudumbashree Experience, Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM), Path for Women’s development: Indira Kranthi Patham Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty – SERP, Empowering Women – A Case Study of Meadow (MYRADA), Concept of Women–led Integrated Natural Resource Management Programme: PRADAN, Priyadarshini,... Click here

Development News Clocked This Month

World Bank to offer transition support of $3.5 billion to India for infrastructure, education initiatives

"The World Bank will continue its concessional lending meant for poorer countries to India and has also significantly upped the country's single-borrower limit, looking to provide a helping hand to the new government in taking forward its agenda on infrastructure, skilling, river cleaning and tourism.

India's single-borrower limit has gone up to $20.5 billion after this increase. Since the country is still home to a large number of poor, a transition support has been provided... Click here

Small states, Union territories fare well in latest education development index

Small states and Union territories like Puducherry,Lakshadweep, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh continued to fare well in the latest education development index on learning outcomes and quality of teachers, a government study said. While Puducherry occupied the pole position, Lakshadweep was at the second place and Sikkim occupied the third position in the study based on four constituents such as access, infrastructure, teachers and outcomes. The flash statistics 2013-14 for elementary education in India, was released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development... Click here

Knowledge Exchange in Lending Programs Can Play a Vital Role in Improving Development Outcomes

Knowledge, learning and sharing seemed to be the buzzwords at a recent event specifically designed for officials from the four states of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam that has just begun implementing the recently launched World Bank project for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) in Low Income States.

More such “how-to” knowledge exchange forums are expected for these states during the entire 6-year period of the project.Click here

 
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