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Clean Technology Trends and Needs

If we look at the global trend over the last few decades, then most of the clean technology innovations have been ‘desktop innovations’ focussing on development and application of software and processes.

The Power of Entrepreneurship

The Indian economy has shown remarkable rates of growth, and yet, unemployment is rising and a major share of the country's population remains underemployed...

Skilling lndia

Our country has recently experienced rapid economic growth, largely led by the service sector. Yet, employment has grown slowly, particularly in the private sector, making the 1990s and 2000s a period of ‘jobless growth'

Resource Efficiency for Sustainable Wellbeing of All

For centuries, our development and economic prosperity has depended on production of more and more goods and services. This has led to an ever-growing consumption of natural resources

Tackling Challenges of Youth Unemployment in India

On one hand, higher growth has raised the youth’s aspirations for more meaningful jobs, thereby leading to a mismatch between jobs offered and jobs that educated youth are looking for. On the other hand, in today’s era of the fourth industrial revolution, young people need to be equipped with necessary skills to work with new technologies. Spells of unemployment, particularly long spells, can lead to scarring effects and a higher likelihood of being unemployed later in life and a wage penalty.

India's Waste Woes: Is Waste-to-Energy the Answer?

Increasing industrialisation, urbanisation and changes in the pattern of life, which accompany the process of economic growth, give rise to increasing quantities of waste leading to increased threats to the environment. India’s 377 million urban folks are generating 62 million tonnes of waste every year.

Micro-entrepreneurship For Empowerment

Micro enterprises are the primary engines of economic development, income growth and poverty reduction in much of the developing world. According to a World Bank report1, the formal SMEs contribute up to 60% of the total employment and up to 40% of the national income (GDP) in emerging economies. Despite their significant role, the growth of micro enterprises is limited on account of the following factors:

Agroforestry based Farming Model for Livelihood Security of Tribal Fa

Natural resources are vital for food and environmental security and for providing stable livelihoods. It is now widely accepted that attention has to be paid on conservation and management of natural resources. Fruit-based agroforestry model is an alternative land use system that integrates the cultivation of cash crops (vegetables, spices, pulses) along with fruit trees.

Employment and Apprenticeship: 2019 Perspective

There are 1.2 billion people in the world below the poverty line and they survive on less than $1 a day, out of which roughly a third of them live in India. Their economic development would definitely increase their quality of life. Thus, in recent times, there has been a lot of importance given to livelihoods and skill development, especially for unemployed youth.

Bridging Information Gap: Livelihood Campaign in Bundelkhand

Bridging the information gap has emerged as an integral part of the development process. It talks about engagement where all the participants are key members in the development process and not mere spectators. Increasingly the need for two-way communication process to understand community needs and package relevant knowledge for community empowerment has become very important.

Technologies in the Circular Economy

COP24 will be focussing on setting the rules that govern the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. The IPCC latest Special Report on Global Warming states that, "Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C.

Building Sustainable Communities - The Good Earth Story

We started our journey 30 years ago – a group of architects, engineers, crafts persons, inspired by architect Laurie Baker, who greatly influenced our way of thinking. His spontaneous and playful style was hands - on and involved all the stakeholders in a democratic way. His architecture imbibed sustainability long before it was fashionable to do so and has been a defining factor in our journey. This has been received very well by our clients and is evident in the vibrant and participative nature of our communities.

Is Sustainable Tourism a New Idea?

The World Tourism and Travel Council estimates that the tourism sector will grow at a rate of 7% annually over the next decade, an estimate that may well be somewhat conservative. The sector can also generate significant demand for transportation, resource-heavy infrastructure and energy-intensive activities leading to undesirable ecological damage and climate-related impacts and disparity and inequity in the local population – making the rich richer and the poor poorer in most cases...

Social Innovation and Job-Creation in India

The Indian economy today generates lesser employment than the number of job entrants in the market. It is estimated that over 30,000 young women and men enter the labour market each day in India, of whom less than half find employment in the current economic scenario1. If we continue to have such high rates of unemployment, it can lead to social problems of drug addiction and rising crime rates especially amongst the youth. Opportunity has become one of the most perplexing questions of our times. Job creation calls for innovation in social institutions.

CSR Clause in the Companies Act: Four Years After

Clause 135 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013, or the CSR Clause came into effect from April 1, 2014. The practices have been studied by researchers and think tanks. Four years hence, this piece explores the impact and practice of the CSR Clause based on various analysis reports available in the public domain, from conversations with NGOs and from the experience of Tatas, a corporate group that has been practising CSR well before it was legislated (where the author led the sustainability function till August 2017).

Green Enterprises - Creating Resource Efficiency and Jobs

India is today among the world’s most rapidly growing economies. It is also home to a population of working-age youth that constitutes one of the largest potential labour forces anywhere. This combination of factors has led many to believe that the ‘demographic dividend’ it produces will automatically drive our nation to the top of the global economic ladder within a few decades.

For this dividend not to become a ‘demographic disadvantage’, let alone a ‘demographic disaster’, several of our economic, sectoral and social policies will need radical change. Some of these changes have been steadily evolving since the grand liberalisation of 1991. These are self-evident and generally recognised by government and business leaders. Others are emerging, subsumed under the more recent concerns with raising the ‘ease of doing business’. While many of these are important and necessary, however, it is less well-understood that they are not at all sufficient.

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