MD Speaks
This month's Wallpaper reflects the coming spring - of lush greenery and beautiful flowers. But in their midst, what catches our eye (and our heart) is the sight and song of beautiful birds.

It is wisely said, 'A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.'

How many times have we spoken because we had something to speak, something good to share?

Socrates, the Greek Philosopher asked one of his friends who wanted to share some gossip with him - 'Wait, does it pass the Triple Filter test - is it True? Is it Good? Is it Useful?

When the person said he could not be sure of it being either, he said - 'if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"

Sure worth a thought!

The Wallpaper Quote this month is about trusting ourselves - a bird perches carefree not because it trusts the tree, but because it trusts its wings! Similarly, at IPE we have grown because we have faith in our abilities, our determination and our values. Our faith in ourselves will keep us going and growing!!

Happy a wonderful February with this Wallpaper!

- Ashwajit Singh
Editorial

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Health is a major determinant of the quality of life. We as development practitioners are committed to improving the nation’s health indicators. Polio has been the most dreaded childhood disease of the 20th century. The news of the month gives you an insight of the nation's journey in eradicating polio which had been a major public health problem worldwide. India is due to be polio-free certification by the World Health Organisation in March 2014.

Happy reading and be inspired!

- Rebika Laishram

Report Rallies

Scaling up water sustainability

Making water available to the world’s billions requires a large amount of capital in building water infrastructure, providing access to basic water and sanitation services. Click here

 

Urban inequality on the rise in many states

Urban parts of a third of the states saw the highest inequality in 2011-12 since 1973-74, show data from the Planning Commission. Click here

 
News Of The Month

India celebrated its victory over polio on completing of three years without any case of the debilitating infection in January 2014 .The nation becomes entitled to polio-free certification by the World Health Organisation in March 2014. It is an unprecedented event because till 2007, India accounted for over 55 percent of all Polio cases across the world.

This achievement was the result of what many believe to be of multi-pronged approach to eradicating the disease, a method which was a balanced mix of an aggressive advertising-public relations strategy and an extremely high level of government ownership for the eradication of this disease.

India has faced herculean challenges such as large population, poverty, poor sanitation practices, difficult geographic terrain and resistance to vaccines or drops due to social and religious prejudices to develop a system of response-ready system for Polio.

Supported by organisations such as World Health Organisation (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the fight against Polio saw almost 23 lakh vaccinators across India to combat almost 2 lakh cases that popped up on yearly basis and safeguard almost 17 crore children at risk from this disease in India.

Even though the diversity in India was one of the deterrents, it is now a major reason for the development of various strategies which are now being used as best-practices for other polio-afflicted countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

IPE Global has also been in the forefront of the polio eradication campaign. The organization has been managing two key projects on polio which include HR & Financial Management Support for Social Mobilization Network for Polio Immunization (UNICEF; Uttar Pradesh-2005-2014 and Bihar 2013-2014) and National Polio Surveillance Programme (NPSP) (WHO; all India – 2013-2014).

The organization has been part of mobilizing communities for polio immunization through a network of over 1000 Officials and 5,000 Social Mobilizers, thereby, contributing towards making India polio free. Having been part of this great movement, it gives a sense of pride to the organization; to celebrate the nations triumph on polio.

Even though India has surprised the cynics and sceptics alike, the question remains whether India will be able to maintain its status polio-free in the near future. Even though initially polio was considered a daunting trial, today India will have the confidence to face the toughest challenges put its way.

Development News Clocked This Month

A new dawn: India to be certified polio-free this year

Later this month, India will clock three polio-free years, a milestone that will be officially certified in 2014 by the World Health Organisation (WHO). 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

Girl education scheme receives 6 lakh applications in West Bengal

West Bengal Government’s flagship "Kanyashree" scheme has received whopping six-lakh applications. The state targets to cover 24-lakh beneficiaries by October, 2014, Click here

World Bank sees global growth picking up, but not in India

India’s economy will grow by 6.2% in 2014-15, the World Bank said on Wednesday, lowering its earlier estimate of 6.5% expansion for the year. Click here

Time for investors to move out of high-carbon assets, says UN climate change official

The top United Nations climate change official today urged investors to accelerate the greening of their portfolios as a crucial step towards a low-carbon economy that Click here

Morbid show of mortality reality

The state has started taking steps to reduce the high infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MMR). Odisha has the dubious distinction of being one of the states having the highest IMR and MMR. Click here

Disbursal of funds under rural roads plan to be reviewed

Disbursal of funds under the Centre's rural roads programme, Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), is being reviewed after more than half its annual budget has remained unutilised after nine months of the current fiscal. Click here

UNDP’s evaluation report to be released in presence of finance experts

A national workshop on Madhya Pradesh's financial inclusion model will be held in New Delhi on Friday where UNDP's evaluation report on Madhya Pradesh's financial inclusion model will be released in the presence of finance experts. Click here

AID Roundup

World Bank aid for Rajasthan road project

India will make use of $160 million credit from the World Bank for the Rajasthan Road Sector Modernisation project (RRSMP). An agreement to this effect was signed in the Capital on Thursday between the Finance Ministry and the World Bank. Click here

Rural development ministry seeks social audit of all government run welfare schemes

The rural development ministry has proposed social audit of all its government-run welfare schemes and asked the Centre to set up a Rs 2,000-crore dedicated fund for the task. Click here

Asian Development Bank to give $100 million loan for skill training in Meghalaya

Multilateral funding agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $100 million loan for vocational and educational training to youths in Meghalaya. Click here

 
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