MD Speaks
Welcome to October 2014

Isn't it amazing that nature has created each one of us absolutely unique - your fingerprint, the profile of your ear, and even your tongue-print are uniquely yours.

No one has ever come to the world with exactly your looks, your thoughts, your views and your experiences. There isn't (and most likely has never been and will never be) a person exactly like you who has or will ever walk the face of the earth.

And this applies to everyone of us!

It is this difference and uniqueness we celebrate in this month's colourful wallpaper.

When each one of us is physically so different, isn't it natural that we would have differences in our nature, temperament, preferences and capabilities?

Sachin Tendulkar ended up as a cricket legend but imagine how successful he would have been if he had been an engineer, a doctor or even a development consultant!

At IPE Global, we live this philosophy - with our clients, our partners as well as our team members. We seek to let each flower bloom in the style that suits it the best. Only then can they realise their potential. Only then can we channelise it to success.

Let us keep this in mind - understand people's uniqueness, appreciate their individuality and help them to become the best they can be. Not our definition of 'best', but theirs. I wish you a fun and frolic filled festive season.

Best wishes
- Ashwajit Singh

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With the clarion call from our Prime Minister to invest at least 100 hours in a year to ensure we have a clean and prosperous country, it calls for a deeper understanding of the nature of sanitation issues haunting the people in India.

With health and sanitation being very vital in MDGs too, the news of the month explores the current situation shedding light on studies, key lessons learnt from the past schemes and a way forward.

You can also read about development sector news and aid roundup clocked this month in the edition

Happy reading and be Inspired!

- Rebika Laishram , Kriti Pandey

Report Rallies

South Asia should seize opportunity to end violence against women

A new World Bank Group report (June ’13- May ’14) finds that India is among the 20 economies worldwide improving the quality of their business regulatory environment the most in the past year. India implemented... Click here

India Needs to Improve Manufacturing Sector Performance to Return to High-growth Path, says World Bank

As economic reforms gain momentum, India’s growth is likely to accelerate towards its high long-run potential. Measures such as a national Goods and Services Tax (GST), accompanied by a dismantling of inter-state check posts … Click here

ADB to help Saarc curb trans-boundary animal diseases

According to an ADB report, trade in livestock and livestock products, including huge informal trade, is one of the major reasons for the spread of the high-impact diseases in the ‘land-linked’ South Asian countries… Click here

News Of The Month
Clean India Campaign – Intent not enough, action needed

India is home to a third of 2.5 billion people worldwide who do not have access to improved sanitation. Globally out of 1.1 billon people who practice open defecation about two thirds are in India. Given the enormity of the problem of nation-wide sanitation challenges PM Narendra Modi’s Swach Bharat scheme (Clean India Campaign) which aims to eliminate open defecation by constructing toilets in every household by 2019, is a promising start.

Is building toilets alone a solution to improve health of the Indian people?

According, to recent papers published in the medical journal Lancet, India’s approach of encouraging its people to use toilets to improve their health has not been producing the desired results. The paper led by Thomas Clasen, from Emory University based in U.S. includes the results of a study assessed in 100 villages in eastern Odisha’s Puri district. The evidence shows there was no significant reduction in the rate of new child diarrhoea cases, decrease in count of infections from worms, or incidents of child mortality, or stunting in villages where toilets were built under a federal government scheme.

Studies indicate building toilets to eliminate open defecation would not be enough to improve country’s abysmal health indicators. Behavioural change needs to be an important focus area of Swachh Bharat Mission for which effective campaigns are a must to generate awareness. Cleanliness is not a one day affair but need to be built into a lifelong habit. The new government should not just target building of toilets but the ‘utilization’ of these toilets by the people.

Sanitation issues also arise from water scarcity. Added thrust is needed for technologies that especially address the issue of water scarcity in rural areas.

From interventions in the past like the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, one of the key learning has been, that even where 100 per cent target of home toilets has been achieved; many people are still forced to resort to open defecation. It becomes impractical for people to return from work places such as agricultural fields to use toilets. Thus suitable public toilets definitely need to be created but proper locations also need to be identified for its easy access.

To accomplish his dream of a cleaner, prosperous disease-free India, Modi would have to go far beyond exhorting Indians to put in 100 hours per year into the cleanliness drive. Adequate funds, right advices from his technocrats, managerial expertise, inter-disciplinary skills and the right social attitudes are a must for him to turn the serious intent from all his speeches, into a reality.

Swachh Bharat Mission needs to be a pan India movement where every individual is a stakeholder.

Development News Clocked This Month

USAID to launch new political economy analysis tool

While there is a widely accepted notion that aid agencies should not be ...Click here

Development Partners Support the Creation of Global Financing Facility to Advance Women’s and Children’s Health

The World Bank Group and Governments of Canada, Norway, and the United States... Click here

Private sector urged to invest in sustainable development at World Investment Forum

There is a strong business case for investing in sustainability. Private sector approaches ...Click here

AID Roundup

World Bank to lend a $ 100 million financial aid to India to fight against TB

The World Bank and The Global Fund (the agency that provides funds to deal with Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria) have joined hands with India’s healthcare system to fight against Tuberculosis. The two global fund agencies have jointly agreed... Click here

World Bank Supports Increased Financing for Medium & Small Businesses in Nigeria

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$500 million International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) credit to increase access to finance for medium and small scale enterprises (MSME) in agriculture, trade, light-manufacturing, and services...Click here

Government and World Bank Joint Review to ensure timely development results

The World Bank and the Government of Bangladesh today concluded a Joint Tripartite Portfolio Review of selected World Bank supported projects in Bangladesh. Since independence, the World Bank has committed more than $18.6 billion, which accounts for...Click here

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