The current development trajectory of India has many adverse social and environmental implications. With a GDP growth rate of 7.6% in 2015-16, India is touted to be the world’s fastest growing economy. However, the paradox of India’s story is that this economic prosperity has come at the cost of social inequalities and unsustainable environment use. In order to move towards sustainable development that provides better quality of life for all within the ecological limits of the planet, we believe there is a need to revamp the principles governing our economic systems. We think this new agenda should be driven by a green, fair, and transparent economy approach. The basic premise of a green, fair and transparent economy is that there can be ways to eradicate poverty and foster sustainable development without harming the environment.
Laurie Baker once said, “Our modern, advanced scientific minds should know how to assess the merits and demerits of historical and factual evidence of the way people who have lived in a particular setting and climate, and have coped with the problems which are still inevitably ours today. To brush aside all this demonstration and evidence as old-fashioned and therefore useless is extremely foolish. Having made our assessment, we would show ourselves capable of adopting the lessons...
Local community institutions driving natural resource and livelihood security in Agriculture
With a GDP growth rate of 7.6% in 2015-16, India is said to be the world’s fastest growing major economy. However, the paradox of India’s growth story is that this economic prosperity has come at the cost of social inequalities and an unsustainable use of the environment. India ranks a low 135 among 187 countries on the Human Development Index, with 58% of the population lacking means to meet essential needs. According to the Global Footprint Network, India’s ecological footprint exceeded its capacity by 160 % in 2012. In addition, India’s development faces a very real risk of being impacted by climate change. India stands 18th in the world on the Climate Risk Index with a score of 38.50 (Kreft & Eckstein, 2013), indicating a high level of exposure and vulnerability to extreme events.
Policy Shifts for implementing SDGs in India.
International Conference on "Inequality in A Rising Asia: Environment, History and Society
Development Alternatives is pleased to announce the 13th trialogue 2047 on Youth for SDGs - How youth action can generate momentum for SDG implementation? in partnership with VSO-India, on 5th December 2015 from 2:30 to 5:30 PM at India Habitat Centre (Juniper Hall, India Habitat Centre, Gate no. 1, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003). This trailogue2047 is being specially organised on occasion of International Volunteer Day held every year on December 5th!
The agriculture systems in India have twofold responsibility. It must ensure adequate nutritious food for all citizens, now and in the future; at the same time, agriculture sector must cater to the economic needs of 60 per cent of the population, who directly depend on this sector for their livelihoods (Arjun, 2013).
Bridging the digital divide Technology Innovations for community Radio.