Emergencies and disasters

Responding to emergencies

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Climate change is triggering sudden alterations in rain patterns: for example, monsoon rainfalls have decreased in recent years, causing severe droughts. Whilst at the same time, extreme and unpredicted monsoon rains are resulting in extensive floods and overflowing rivers damaging homes and livelihoods. With more than seven out of ten Indians relying on the agriculture […]

Education

Improving access to education

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In India, children are more likely to go to work than to school. UNESCO’s numbers are overwhelming: over 1.7 million children of primary school age across the country are not attending classes. In most cases, they are pushed into adult work without being given the chance to attend school. Indeed, poverty can become an insurmountable obstacle […]

Water and sanitation

Improving health for all

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Turning on a tap and having safe running water is only a reality for half of the Indian population. The situation is even worse in rural areas, where about 19,000 villages across the country still do not have regular water supply. Not having access to safe water and sanitation facilities increases the risks of water-borne […]

Livelihoods

Supporting grassroots development

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Striking differences can be found when looking at India’s economic reality. In recent years, the country has gone through major economic growth to become one of the world’s largest economies. Yet at the same time, rural poverty is increasing as most economic growth is concentrated in urban areas. The rural poor depend on agriculture – […]