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ET Awards 2008-09: Policy Change Agent of the Year- Jean Dreze

evance beyond the printed word and Jean Dreze has proved that this is indeed the case. He has deservedly won the Economic Times’ Policy Change Agent of the Year 2009 for his outstanding work in Poverty alleviation and rural employment. A development economist, Dreze has taken his academic persuasions to the real world — he not only played a major role in designing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) but on one occa

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After protests, Govt changes norms: Dalit land first choice for NREG work, small farmers next

chairman Buta Singh had objected to Joshi’s move. Until now, NREGS workers were not allowed to work on private land except on plots owned by one of the following: SC/ST families, Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, beneficiaries of land reforms, and BPL beneficiaries under the Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY). “The proposed amendment will dilute the intention of the NREGA programme itself and reduce the flow of benefits to SC/ST com

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Release of World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2009–Developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing Poverty, but this depends on financial and technical assistance from high-income countries, says a new World Bank report released today. High-income countries also need to act quickly to reduce their carbon footprints and boost development of alternative energy sources to help tackle the problem of climate change.

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The road to inclusive growth

g the first objective. But the second goal has remained elusive. After six decades of planned economic development, the disparities have widened and some three-quarters of the population are mired in Poverty. The world financial crisis offers an opportunity to make a course correction and advance towards inclusive growth. It is generally agreed that the Keynesian prescription of stepping up public spending for the management of aggregate demand

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Number of deaths of children under five continues to drop, reports UNICEF

The absolute number of child deaths in 2008 declined to an estimated 8.8 million from 12.5 million in 1990, the base line year for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight anti-Poverty targets with a 2015 deadline that includes reducing under-five mortality by two-thirds by that time. UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman noted that compared to 1990, some 10,000 fewer children are dying every day. “While pro

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Richer states, poor performance, in reducing malnutrition

f women suffering from (any form of) anemia in some of the richer states like Haryana (56.1%), Gujarat (55.3%) and Maharastra (48.4%) comes closer to the national level figure i.e. 55.3%. Rural Poverty ratios in states like Gujarat (13.9%) and Haryana (9.2%) have not only been lower as compared to the national level (21.8%) Poverty figure, they have also been lower as compared to the prevalence rates

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A method to overcome drought in India

Food security in India is getting more and more dependent on annual monsoons. In a year of low rainfall, a large section of the people, especially those below the Poverty line, have to depend on subsidised government food rations. If this situation continues, the country will be stressed for resources to provide food for the people. Coping with water shortage from failed monsoons is somewhat similar to coping with an economic crisis by a famil

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Sad demise of YSR a blow to rural development

ll counts is remarkable. India’s rural development practitioners and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) were of late cut up with him for proposing direct cash transfers as a viable way to Poverty mitigation; but even they would remember him as someone who introduced social audits with extraordinary zeal. YSR virtually handed over to an adversarial civil society the right to assess his government’s functioning at the grassroots. The p

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DEBATE: Is NREGS II a product of a complacent UPA II?

of the NREGS, which they say is against the spirit of the law and to the detriment of Dalits and the poor. Notable among the civil society activists opposing the amendments are Aruna Roy of the MKSS, Poverty economist Jean Dreze, Dunu Roy of the Sanjha Manch, Arundhati Dhuru of the NAPM, Annie Raja of the National Federation of Indian Women.   So far the NREGS work was allowed on the private land of the dalit and tribal farmers but the gov

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  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  In order to address the problems of Poverty, inequality and climate change, world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York on 25 September, 2015 to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As per the United Nations Development Programme  India website (please click here to access), the 2030 Agenda that comprises 17  new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG

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