The Climate Change and Development Division, Embassy of Switzerland in partnership with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) aims to engage with the Government of India in a positive dialogue by supporting up renewable energy based off grid pilot projects for further up scaling through the through its Village Electrification through Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy (VE-SuRE) project.
Under this project the district planning process will be strengthen to improve effectiveness of development programme in India and to ensure equitable participation and benefit sharing by disadvantaged social group, in the district planning process.
A skill mapping exercise would help take stock of the current situation and also help in drawing an action plan for long term intervention. The main objectives of the Skill Mapping Study in Firozabad are to Contribute to improving productivity and competitiveness of the cluster by overcoming skills gaps and skills mismatch Improve the mobility, career prospects and employability of workers through skills acquisition, upgrading and/or certification.Contribute to the prevention and elimination of child labour.Contribute to the operationalization of GOIs Skills Development Initiative on a nationa scale.Promote energy efficient and environmental friendly practices in production.
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development is crucial to advance sustainable green and inclusive growth in developing countries. An important source of employment opportunities and wealth creation, MSMEs contribute to economic and social stability. Local in nature, these decentralised models promote resource efficiency and patterns of sustainable production and consumption. They can effectively drive market development at scale and provide locally relevant solutions along with last mile delivery to serve the basic needs of people.
At the center of the subject of micro and small enterprise development in developing countries lies the critical issue of their limited ability to grow owing to poor availability of finance and technology as well as inadequate supporting policy frameworks. Where these support systems and frameworks exist, it is observed that owing to information asymmetries, implementation gaps and conservative financial institutions fail to support relevant cutting edge MSME solutions on time.
With in the framework of the achievement of decent work for all.
There is compelling and irrefutable scientific evidence on the setting in of climate change globally manifested through rise in temperature levels, increase in the incidence of extreme climatic events in the form of recurring droughts and floods, melting glaciers, sea-level rise, declining biodiversity etc. The immediate need to address the adverse impacts of climate change is no longer in dispute. Interventions which blend mitigation activities with adaptation are therefore highly crucial. Developing countries like India and within them, agro-climatic regions such as semi-arid areas are considered particularly vulnerable due to their dependence on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water, forestry and other natural resources. What makes matters worse is that these regions have limited capacities to anticipate and effectively respond to sudden variations in their environment. Limited options of alternative livelihoods and widespread poverty continue to threaten livelihood security of millions of small and marginal farmers in the arid and semi - arid regions of India (State of the Environment Report 2009). Comprehensive climate resilient adaptation and mitigation measures will be required, which specifically address the vulnerability of these communities living in semi – arid areas to current and future climate changes and their associated impacts.