MD Speaks
Our wallpaper for November is understandably about lights, diyas and festivities. But not only the physical light which dispels night - it is about the light we carry within us, the work we do, the passion we have, to dispel the darkness of underdevelopment around us.

You may have heard of a management term 'Customer Delight' - the lighting up of the face of the customer when he / she sees something that is beyond expectation - a value-add that gives them a feeling of 'Wow!'

I am sure the etymology of the word 'de-light' somewhere originates from the spirit of 'lighting' up the lives of people.

In this month of Diwali, I would like us to imbibe this spirit of 'de-lighting' the people in our lives; of spreading cheer, happiness and joy around us. As Allama Iqbal says in his 'The Child's Prayer':

Door Dunya Ka Meray Dum Say Andheraa Ho Jaye, Har Jagah Meray Chamakney Say Ujaala Ho Jaye.

[May the world's darkness disappear through the life I live,
(Such that) every place lights up with the sparkling light I give.

IPE Global has been working for 15 years now trying to make this world a better place - I am sure through all of you, we will continue to 'de-light' the world by our work and our lives.
- Ashwajit Singh

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The festive month gone by celebrated the triumph of India over Phailin cyclone. The news of the month talks about this and about the disaster scenario of the country in particular. And whether or not we are ready for heralding the change in our disaster management scenarios. We also take a sneak peek into what is the current buzz word among the development leaders. Happy reading and be inspired!

- Rebika Laishram

News Of The Month
Phailin: Climate Change and Disaster Management Preparedness
The Phailin cyclone of last month was in a way a trial of fire for India’s preparedness for climate change. Phailin was identified as a threat more than 90 hours in advance. Effective measures were taken to evacuate dwellings from the coasts and all was done well before the malignant storm could hit the coastal lands. The state’s efforts of investing time, manpower and money into Disaster Management finally seemed to have paid off with Phailin. A catastrophe of the same intensity had hit the Indian coasts about 14 years back that took away lives of thousands of people. This time, casualties did not breach the moderately high two digits. It is a phenomenal feat in the Indian context that a warning was heeded without dithering.

Owing to our geo-climatic conditions, we are becoming increasingly vulnerable to more frequent disasters. Over the years, Indian government has brought a paradigm shift in its approach to disaster management. Policies in disaster management also stem from the belief that investments in mitigation are much more cost effective than expenditure on relief and rehabilitation. Disaster Management has also been introduced as part of the curriculum in schools. Various state and national level agencies and committees have been created to contribute to the disaster management processes. These efforts were marred in the case of Uttarakhand floods. These very same efforts helped Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to rise above Phailin.

Disaster management and preparedness when compared to the Uttarakhand disaster was a colossal loss to the country at large. The Uttarakhand floods or what came to be known as the Himalayan Tsunami was one such catastrophe where warnings were unheeded and looked over. The result of which is known to everyone. Almost 6,000 missing people were presumed dead, and the devastation had disrupted the lives of two million people - one-fifth of Uttarakhand's population.

The massive loss to the economy during a disaster such as this is unimaginable. Press Information Bureau reported that Indian Economy has borne a loss of Rs 120 billion due to the devastating floods. The tourism sector of the state had dipped so low that there is almost an 85% fall in tourist traffic. With the ever increasing threat that climate change has been posing, we have become even more susceptible to larger catastrophes. But, is India ready for similar increasing threats?

Many questions were raised in the Uttarakhand case, and those many praises were lauded on Odisha and Andhra Pradesh for the Disaster Preparedness shown by them in the case of Phailin. And that is because of the reinforced disaster prevention strategies in the two states. This is not a state war or a political propaganda in order to magnify the efforts of one particular state government. This is a national victory over Phailin that becomes an exemplary milestone to show how collaborative efforts of authorities, civil society organizations and communities can together contribute to saving some precious lives. If our disaster management is well instituted and strengthened, there is a perpetual room for hope that many such Phailin(s) can be averted.
IPE Global Corner

Mr Ashwajit Singh’s authored article published in The Financial Chronicle

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SPUR bagged the 'Order of Merit' award for Urban Development and Housing Department, Government of Bihar

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Report Rallies

Social Inclusion of Internal Migrants in India

“Migrants are not a drain on urban economies but provide cheap labour, thus contributing to the country’s gross domestic product in a significant, though unrecognised, manner”, a report released by the UNESCO said. Read more about the UNESCO Report on Social Inclusion of Internal Migrants in India.

Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first of a series of four reports comprising its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), documenting the “physical science basis” of climate change.

Read the Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

Development News Clocked This Month

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What Development Leaders Say ?

Child protection must be in post-2015 agenda — Child Fund

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Why we need to improve data to fight poverty

Mapping financial flows in developing countries is always a challenge, and even more so ..... more

Soft skills every development professional should possess

Recruiters and human resource leaders stressed the importance of soft ..... more