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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India stands at an unprecedented moment in its history. In the six and half decades since independence, the country has brought about a landmark agricultural revolution that has transformed the nation... Show More + from chronic dependence on food imports into a global agricultural powerhouse that is not only a net exporter of food but also the world’s largest producer of milk, legumes, and spices. Life expectancy has more than doubled, literacy rates have quadrupled, health conditions have improved, and a sizeable middle class has emerged. India is now home to globally recognized companies in pharmaceuticals and steel, as well as in information and space technologies.The country is in the midst of an enormous wave of urbanization. Urban centers are growing exponentially as legions of people flock to towns and cities in search of a better life. This unparalleled movement of the population calls for massive investments in the creation of jobs, housing, and infrastructure to meet the people’s soaring a Show Less -
There is a growing consensus—among researchers, team leaders, and project staff—that a research-meets-implementation approach makes livelihoods projects more effective. "The Social Observatory has... Show More + the potential to improve the capacity of livelihoods projects to empower women, reduce poverty and improve living standards," says Asli Demirguc-Kunt, the Bank's director of research. "This kind of serious and substantive collaboration between research and operations is precisely what we need more of."The Social Observatory obtained seed funding from the South Asia Gender Initiative trust fund, but the bulk of the work has been funded by another trust fund, the South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative.By creating sound systems for analysis and adaptation, the Social Observatory team helps strengthen program objectives. “We are generating more evidence and data than ever before on a range of activities from micro-credit and women’s empowerment to nutrition to food Show Less -
The World Bank Group today announced the launch of 2013 India Development Marketplace and pledged $1 million in grants to be awarded on a competitive basis to social enterprises for their development solutions.Development... Show More + Marketplace, supported by the World Bank, is a competitive grant-based program. It focuses on nonprofit and for-profit business models which provide innovative solutions to address the most pressing social and economic problems impacting the poor and underserved communities. The selected winners are given financial and advisory support.In keeping with the government of India’s focus on inclusive growth, the 2013 India Development Marketplace Program is targeted within the states of Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh.Each winning organization will receive a grant ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, as well as mentoring and capacity-building support over a period of 15 months. The World Bank will also help the winners identify local partners who will guide them i Show Less -
The answer is: we think that because we have worked in other countries that faced similar challenges we can, in our modest way, share experience and knowledge and learning with development practitioners... Show More + in India. Not as the dominant financier but as a partner, as a contributor to knowledge that might be helpful to our friends in India. Our website is therefore really important to us because it is the entry point to our knowledge base; this is why I am happy to invite you in. We very much believe that all our knowledge should be available to anyone. In fact, many people say that our new access to information policy follows India’s example in granting the right to information to the people. Our policy simply means that if there is anything in a World Bank document that is not personal information - like my date of birth, or my salary, or things like that - you have the right to request it and we will go out of our way to try and get it for you. We are proud to have this policy and Show Less -
Hyderabad, 26 September 2012 -- As part of the Government of India and the World Bank’s ongoing efforts to improve on-the-ground implementation of development initiatives, Bank-supported projects... Show More + were jointly reviewed by the government and the World Bank here over two days. Nineteen of the Bank’s India portfolio of 76 projects – totaling a commitment of $4.3 billion – were reviewed. The sectors that were covered during this review included panchayati raj, rural water and sanitation, irrigation and water resources.A number of officials from the Government of India, including the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in the Ministry of Finance, line ministries, state and project officials, and World Bank staff from Delhi and Washington participated in the exercise.The review, chaired jointly by Sanjay Garg, Director, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), and Michael Haney, World Bank Operations Advisor in India, was aimed at sharing learnings gleaned from the implementation of t Show Less -
The World Bank’s Country Strategy (CAS) for India for 2009-2012 focuses on helping the country to fast-track the development of much-needed infrastructure and to support the seven poorest states achieve... Show More + higher standards of living for their people. The strategy envisages a total proposed lending program of US$14 billion, for the next three years, of which US$9.6 billion is from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and US$4.4 billion (SDR 2.982 billion equivalent at the current exchange rate) from the International Development Association (IDA).The strategy is closely aligned with the Government of India’s own development priorities expressed in the Eleventh Five Year Plan. It was arrived at after a series of consultations with a broad range of stakeholders including the government and civil society. Under the strategy, the Bank will use lending, dialogue, analytical work, engagement with the private sector, and capacity building to help India achieve its goal Show Less -