India has been at the centre of attention of Asia’s economic development, reaching the position of the world’s seventh-largest economy. India has also experienced significant social development, as demonstrated by improvements in the country’s Human Development Index score since the early 1990s. Yet, if we take a closer look, we can grasp the flaws that turn these flashy figures into gloomy facts. Still in 2017, 27% of the population in India is living below the poverty line, and almost 30% of India’s youth are unemployed or out of school. What is more, women seem to be missing out on the country’s growing economic development.
At ACTED, we are convinced that growth should be inclusive and sustainable. We focus our work on four strategic areas: emergencies and disasters; water, sanitation, and hygiene; livelihoods; and education. With our experience and commitment, we help girls and boys access school, we build safe toilets for schools, we stimulate pro-poor economic growth, and we assist before and after disasters.
Let’s work together to give those who need it most the chance to build a brighter future.
Jagriti Roy, Managing Director
The world is changing rapidly and despite significant progress that gives cause for optimism, challenges and obstacles still stand in the way of sustainable and peaceful development. Indeed, the growing gap between rich and poor, unregulated urbanization, climate change, resource scarcity, conflict, and many more, prevent vulnerable populations from escaping poverty. This is why ACTED chose not to turn its back on those who are often forgotten.
Marie-Pierre Caley, Director