With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India is the world’s largest democracy. Over the past decade, the country’s integration into the global economy has been accompanied by economic growth. India has now emerged as a global player.
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A visitor to Gandhinagar, capital of the Indian state of Gujarat, is likely to notice the glint of the sun reflecting off solar panels on the city’s rooftops. Some sit atop schools, other on hospitals.... Show More + Many are perched on residential buildings. Altogether, the panels generate about 5 MW of electricity, providing better access to power for an estimated 10,000 people.The groundbreaking project, a pilot public-private partnership (PPP), attracted approximately $12 million in private financing. Besides adding power generation capacity, it reduces climate emissions by more than seven million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually and complements the 270 MW Gujarat Solar Park, Asia’s largest, in helping the state reach its goal of producing 500 MW annually from renewable sources. But the greatest success of Gujarat’s solar rooftop program, playfully referred to as “rent-a-roof project,” lies in its replicability. Launched in 2010 with the help of the IFC, which served as trans Show Less -
Education, as we all know, is the key to success, the social equalizer par excellence. Reducing the number of out-of-school children by half over the space of a decade was a tremendous achievement. Yet... Show More + we must redouble our efforts to enroll the remaining 58 million out-of-school children who live in disadvantaged and marginalized communities.Importantly, we also owe children in the developing world a quality education which equips them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. All children should leave school with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue further education and training, to do productive work, and to support themselves and their families.To prosper in a rapidly changing world, all children need more than a sound basic education. They also need to be creative, critical thinkers and problem-solvers, who develop a lifelong thirst for knowledge.The stark reality is that we are nowhere near fulfilling this dream. Our first task is to improve basic learning Show Less -