7 Reasons 2017 Was A Good YearAs we look forward to 2018, a look back at seven ways in which UNDP India deepened its partnership with the Government of India and other partners to ensure a better life for all:
1. Skilling Women, Vaccinating Children
In 2017, two of UNDP India’s most exciting programmes went wider to reach more and more people, helping them acquire skills to build careers, and ensuring that the next generation of Indians is protected against preventable disease.
In a short span of two years, Disha (a partnership between the India Development Foundation and UNDP, supported by IKEA Foundation, that aims to support one million underprivileged women in India to learn marketable skills and connect with income opportunities) has emerged as a powerful collaboration between stakeholders. More private corporations have come on board to train and employ more young women.
EVIN – the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network launched in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India – has widened to more geographies to include the most hard-to-reach terrains, supporting the government’s Universal Immunization Programme in 12 states. By harnessing the power of new technology, eVIN can help ensure the timely availability of necessary vaccines across the country. In 2017, eVIN’s innovative use of smartphones was recognized at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, where it won the GSMA Asia Mobile Award.
4. Constructing sustainable homes
In partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development, UNDP, through the Governance & Accelerated Livelihoods (GOALS) project, helps promote affordable housing for the rural poor. The programme offers families a wider range of choices in terms of housing designs, materials and construction technologies. These choices are tailored to local conditions, aim to enhance user benefits and reduce the environmental footprint of housing. Some of these designs came to life in Maharashtra, on the west coast, with families using government assistance from the Prime Minister's Housing For All programme to construct homes that are affordable, resilient and responsive to their needs.
7. Strengthening cooperation between UNDP and India
On a two-day visit to India, the United Nations Under-Secretary General, Vice-Chair UN Development Group and UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner, met with senior government officials (including Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley) and key business leaders to explore opportunities for future collaboration between UNDP and India. He also explored the potential for a deeper partnership between the Government of India and UNDP, with the new country programme 2018-2022 being formulated in close consultation with the government, and aligned to national priorities.