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  • Behind Bangladesh’s education turnaround

    Behind Bangladesh’s education turnaround

    Rasheda K Chowdhury, Executive Director (CEO), campaign for popular education or CAMPE, and an educationist, stressed the need for ’a complete revisit of the existing system of focussing more on public exams rather than continuous class room based normative assessments, as mooted in the education policy 2010 for a qualitative change….as numbers always do not matter’.

    January 1, 2020
  • India’s Indices

    India’s Indices

    The terms ~development and freedom ~are common. However, careful consideration would reveal the intricacy of the two words. Development for whom? What is freedom? There certainly exist various types of freedom, like freedom of speech, freedom to write and express views and ideas, freedom of thought.

    December 16, 2019
  • ‘Land the biggest treasure for India’

    ‘Land the biggest treasure for India’

    As the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India, Yuri Afanasiev is passionate about development issues in the country. Since taking charge in July 2015, he has been closely associated with the several strides India has been taking, whether in environment, health, agriculture or rural development. Prior to his current position, Afanasiev served …

    March 10, 2018
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  • Climate adaptation is stuck in limbo

    Climate adaptation is stuck in limbo

    At the ‘Regional NAP (National Adaptation Plan) expo’ in Uganda last month, the UNFCCC and UNDP sought to facilitate climate change adaptation in least developed countries. Although the NAP process was set up as far back as 2010, currently the supplementary efforts (in addition to the intergovernmental Conference of Parties meetings) being made by the UN and its development agencies …

    July 22, 2017
  • ‘Pak neglect causing delay in water issues with India’

    ‘Pak neglect causing delay in water issues with India’

    Pakistan has neglected to address trans-border water issues and delayed presenting the cases of dispute with India to the Indus Water Commission related to the Indus Water Treaty, Dawn quoted a United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) report as saying. "Pakistan's negligence in conducting a sound analysis of trans-boundary water issues and delays in presenting the …

    February 2, 2017
  • Why Indian democracy fails to make the grade

    Why Indian democracy fails to make the grade

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) presented the first ever Global Parliamentary Report (GPR) in 2012 and the next report – scheduled for 2016 – is expected any time soon. While GPR 2012 examined the changing nature of parliamentary representation, the soon-to-be-released GPR will reportedly look at how effective parliament …

    January 15, 2017