What does social inclusion and sustainable development look like? While the question doesn’t really have a clear answer, Himachal Pradesh is considered something of a benchmark. This small Himalayan state has achieved and maintained a degree of equality across income, caste, tribe and gender that is admirable by any standard. The state and its citizens have created public goods of global significance, such as by vowing to become “carbon neutral” by 2020 and by their remarkable sense of environmental consciousness. There are few countries in the world where governments have banned the use of plastic bags and smoking in outdoor public spaces, and where citizens and the state jointly enforce the ban, such as in Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. What can policy makers working on social inclusion and sustainability learn from the experiences of Himachal Pradesh?
This event will present the findings of a recent World Bank report, Scaling the Heights: Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development in Himachal Pradesh, which peels through many of the underlying drivers of Himachal Pradesh’s success in achieving social inclusion and sustainability.