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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South-South Knowledge ExchangeIn September 2013, Indonesian government officials travelled to various parts of South Asia, as part of a study-tour to see how community-driven development programs in South... Show More + Asia are enhancing livelihoods and improving access to finance. In India, the delegation visited the Pudhu Vaazhu Program in Tamil Nadu, the Jeevika Program in Bihar, the Indira Kranthi Patham Program in Andhra Pradesh. In Nepal, they visited the Poverty Alleviation Fund.All four programs aim to encourage women to actively participate in improving the economic livelihood of their families by joining community organizations.The study group got first-hand experience of how these projects have strengthened the capacity of poorest households by building institutions and providing a complete menu of facilitation and assistance.“It was useful to see how these programs start with community institutional strengthening at a very micro level, specifically, the wom Show Less -
Community Driven Development and Livelihoods Workshop VIENTIANE, Lao PDR, February 3, 2012 – The Government of Lao PDR, jointly with the World Bank Group, organized a regional workshop focusing on community... Show More + driven development and improvement of rural livelihoods. During this two-day event, participants from eleven Asian countries discussed regional experiences in improving economic opportunities in the rural areas, expanding road access and improving living conditions and empowerment among the rural poor.Community Driven Development (CDD) is an approach which gives direct control over planning, decision making and investment resources for local development projects to community groups. In livelihoods programs, social capital created by the CDD approach will be transformed into economic capital, through a robust institutionalization of the poor on the premise that such institutions can push for better services, better financial terms and more jobs. By 2010, the World B Show Less -
OVERVIEWMarch 22, 2010 - “We no longer worry about the rains. We now have the confidence to grow alternative crops even if the monsoon fails,” said Balaraju, a farmer in one of the most drought-prone and... Show More + economically vulnerable regions of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.Last year, when large parts of the state were facing the severest drought in 30 years, Balaraju’s lands were unaffected. This is because the villagers now share groundwater, a practice introduced by the World Bank’s pilot project - The Andhra Pradesh Drought Adaptation Initiative (APDAI). Before the project, only the richer farmers had access to groundwater because only they could afford to dig deep wells. The rest, including Balaraju, had to depend on the unreliable monsoon rains to irrigate their crops.GROUNDWATER SHARINGBut, convincing the richer farmers to share the water from their wells was not easy. However they agreed to do so because many of them too had fields that were far from their wells. If a pipeline was Show Less -