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In this vast and multifaceted country of 1.1 billion, the development challenges are immense. UN Volunteers are at the heart of UNDP’s efforts to tackle poverty here, and all of them are Indian nationals.
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This water tank in Saru (Hinjilicut block) was completed in 2009 at the request of the villagers themselves. It is used as a fish farm for small business development, not to mention its usefulness as a water storage facility for washing and other activities. Many of the people here belong to India’s ‘Scheduled Tribes’. The women of Saru joined together in this voluntary self-help group to help each other generate income and press for development projects such as the water tank. (P. Sen/UNV)
Empowering grassroots governance
29 June 2010
Ganjam, Orissa State, India: Empowering the poor to take ownership over development needs UNV volunteers like Minaram Patnaik to help communities and the authorities work together. Read
Countries:  India
Photo story: District planning
28 June 2010
Ganjam, Orissa State, India: It is Minaram's role to coordinate with the authorities and communities to ensure clear understanding about how to make development work according to the people’s wishes. Visit site
Countries:  India
Khirabhati Chhachan (right, talking to Sibaram Das, left) is one of the leaders of the town's self-help groups, and acts as their informal spokeswoman. Unusually for a tribal person, who typically stay close to their traditional lands, with Sibaram's assistance she ventured to a neighbouring state for microenterprise training. Khirabhati now passes on the knowledge she gained to other community members, and hopes to set up her own beauty parlour business soon. Another 100 women are involved in mushroom cultivation. (P. Sen/UNV)
Upgrading a vision for a better life
27 June 2010
Jharsuguda, Orissa State, India: Life has changed for the tribal people of Orissa, but UNV volunteers are helping ensure that their rights are upheld. Read
Photo story: Resettlement and rehabilitation
26 June 2010
Jharsuguda, Orissa State, India: UNV volunteer Sibaram Das is himself from Orissa, and has a vital connection and insight into the needs and aspirations of the various stakeholders he works among. Visit site
To commemorate 2010, the International Year of Youth, UNV India and the Solution Exchange for Gender Community India organized a regional meet in at the Hotel Piccadilly in Lucknow. (UNV)
Promoting partnerships on gender and youth
10 May 2010
Lucknow and Sriperumbudur, India: To commemorate 2010, the International Year of Youth, UNV India and the Solution Exchange for Gender Community India organized a meet at the Hotel Piccadilly in Lucknow. Another youth workshop took place near Chennai. Read
More about: Gender  Youth
Countries:  India
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