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Welcome to March 2014 - the colourful month of Holi.

This month our Wallpaper reflects the power of creativity.... the skill of writing... indeed, the privilege of self expression.

Dhirubhai Ambani famously said 'Ideas are nobody's Monopoly'. And yet many great ideas remain buried inside our minds and thoughts because of our inability to express them.

These not only require the skill of writing / speaking but also the courage to share our thoughts, the conviction to stand by them and the openness to see all its aspects.
IPE Global is not only helping people express through better education system and facilities but also exemplifies the spirit in our organisation.

We continue to believe that Life is the best teacher. But it helps to learn from others as well. In this sense, everyone is our teacher and we are perennial learners. Even when we teach.

May the colours of March embellish the spirit of learning, creativity and expression in all of us.

Best wishes
- Ashwajit Singh
Editorial

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The month of March commenced with the celebration of colourful festival of Holi. This month also commemorates another significant day which is the International Women’s Day (IWD). We as development practitioners strongly advocate the vital role of women as agents of development. The news of the month focuses on the 2014 Women’s Day theme on “Equality for women is progress for all”. It also talks about IPE Global’s commitment in contributing towards women’s empowerment.

Happy reading and be inspired!

- Rebika Laishram

Report Rallies

Rampant food waste a barrier to cutting poverty: World Bank

The world loses or wastes a staggering 25 percent to 33 percent of the food it produces for consumption, losses that can mean the difference between an adequate diet and malnutrition in many countries, the World Bank said in a report released on Thursday...... Click here

 

Are we out of 'firefighting mode' on global food prices?

Five years on from the global financial crisis, the world economy is showing signs of bouncing back — pulled along by a recovery in high-income economies. According to Andrew Burns, co-author of the World Bank’s twice-yearly Global Economic Prospects report, a 13 percent fall in food prices may signal that we’re now out of “firefighting mode,” but he insisted that the global community must redouble efforts to tackle longer-term challenges posed by high commodity prices...... Click here

 
News Of The Month
Women as agents of Change

This year’s International Women’s Day commemorated the theme “Equality for women is progress for all." The message was clear that it is time for women to break the glass ceiling and lead in the workforce, be part of the policy making process and contribute to economic growth. General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement, “This International Women's Day, we are highlighting the importance of achieving equality for women and girls not simply because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it,". He added that "The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.”

The issue of equality for women primarily holds greater significance in the Indian context where discrimination against women is highly prevalent. This subject raises the cultural aspects about the role of a female child in society, what her human rights are as a human being and a number of sensitive issues. Gender discrimination in India is rampant and it is perpetuated in various forms like female infanticide, denial of right to education and also access to good health facilities. This issue is important because there is nearly universal consensus on the need for gender equality.

The 2011 Indian census shows that there are 914 females per 1000 males. There are plenty of evidences that shows in India that food, nutrition and health care are routinely denied to the female child. A global study conducted by Thomas Reuter, even stated that India is the fourth most dangerous country for a girl child in the world. It has been often argued that women’s education is the key to reducing discrimination but the statistics only gets worse when it comes to girl child education In India. Nearly 80% of the girls drop out from standards I to V. Out of the 100 girls that enroll in class 1 only 42 reach class V. Among (Schedule Castes) and (Schedule Tribes) many of those who live below poverty line of the 100 girls only 19 reach class V.

Countries with more gender equality have often better economic growth. In the light of the fact that women are now seen as agents of change, it is vital that women are brought into the forefront in the workplaces. It is also essential that more women parliamentarians are appointed. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. Several policy makers also believe that by that by providing equality for women we would make headway to solving many of the world's problems such as poverty .UN associates stated, "By ending women's poverty, we will sustainably and significantly reduce extreme poverty worldwide.”

IPE Global as a development consultancy firm has been strongly advocating on empowerment of women. We have provided supported to UN programmes on Ending Violence against Women, promoting education of girl child through our Odisha Girls Incentive Programme (OGIP) and also through producing and disseminating high quality research and analysis products on Women and Girls through our Knowledge Partnership Programme. The 2014 women’s day celebration focusing on “Women’s Equality” only strengthens our recommitment in contributing towards empowering women.

Development News Clocked This Month

Construction waste removal soon to be a phone call away

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation is all set to start a dedicated call centre for residents to report construction and demolition waste that are strewn around. Once reported, the municipal.... Click here

There seems to be at least 40% leakage in our targeted PDS system

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) was created at the Planning Commission in August 2013 to monitor the outcome and effectiveness of various social sector..... Click here

UN labour agency calls for major investment in rural Africa as key to prosperity

Rural development is key to Africa’s prosperity, yet it has been undervalued by Governments, international lenders and policy advisers, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a paper....Click here

Govt. to table bill regularizing slums till year 2000

The state government will introduce a bill during the budget session to protect slum structures up to 2000. It will also introduce a transfer clause enabling those who have purchased the protected structures after 2000 to be eligible for rehabilitation.... Click here

India’s toilet troubles

By achieving full sanitation coverage, Sikkim has delivered an outcome the rest of the country must achieve. However, a multiple-level approach will be required for this. Sikkim’s achievement in becoming the country’s first state with 100 per cent sanitation coverage is significant..... Click here

A new development model for DfID

The U.K. Department for International Development is trying to improve how it works with the private sector. At an event organized last month by Devex Impact at DfID’s headquarters in London, British Secretary of State for International Development Justine.....Click here

Drinking water woes continue to haunt residents of Kozhikode

A meeting held between the corporation and the officials of the KWA and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted drinking water project held in December agreed to supply drinking water to elevated areas, the water scarcity remains problematic..... Click here

World Bank mulls opening office in Bihar, country director Onno Ruhl praises Nitish Kumar

World Bank is mulling opening an office in Bihar, its country director Onno Ruhl said today and praised the developmental initiatives of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. "We will open an office of the World Bank in Bihar as I am infatuated with the state and..... Click here

USAID commits $100 million annually for 5 years

Experiences and innovations in India were proving incremental and are suited to be replicated in the sub-Saharan Africa and other developing nations, according to USAID, the US governmental agency engaged in grassroot developmental activities globally......Click here

AID Roundup

Who made the grade? Our education donor scorecard

In its annual global education report released Wednesday, UNESCO revealed that foreign aid donors remain off track in fulfilling their financial commitments to global education, including the second Millennium Development..... Click here

Bihar to benefit from $500m World Bank loan

The government of India and the World Bank on Friday signed a $500 million credit agreement to improve piped water supply and sanitation services through decentralized delivery systems in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Assam..... Click here

World Bank's $ 1 million grant-based fund for north-east

World Bank today launched a competitive grant-based funding with access to over $ 1 million for profit and non-profit organisations working in the area of delivering services to the poor in north-eastern states.....Click here

 
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