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Livelihoods in the News


Pakistan: Providing Opportunities for Poor People 
June 4, 2009

The Third Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF-III) project will provide $250 million to support the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to tackle poverty and provide livelihood opportunities to poor people, especially in rural areas. | read more |

Sujala Project Award Gold Medal for Innovative Usage of Technology in e-Governance at the National Conference on e-Governance
February 13, 2009

Read coverage of the conference in eGov Magazine (by Lekha Kumar)

Community-driven approach to poverty reduction
December 4, 2008  |  The Financial Express  |  by Mahfuzur Rahman

Ranju Mia, a spirited young man of a sleepy village in Gaibandha district, still cannot forget the day when he had to stop going to school due to poverty. Things could have been different in his life, had he been able to continue his studies. Even then he has not given up.  read more . . .

SDF, WB project 10,000 villagers in 5 dists getting piped water supply
November 29, 2008  |  The New Nation

Drinking fresh water right from the tap is still a dream for millions of villagers in Bangladesh. But, it is a different story in 12 villages of five districts where some 10,000 people have had access to piped water supply, thanks to the World Bank and the Social Development Foundation for making it possible through a unique project. read more . . . (scroll down after following the link)

Gemidiriya's ITSHED wins Manthan Award South Asia - 2008 for "the best e-content for development" in the e-enterprise and livelihood domain
October 16, 2008

The ITShed commercial web portal of Gemidiriya has been recognised as the best e-solution in South Asia that links the rural communities with markets. 
read more . . . 

Gemidiriya - Ray of Hope to Village Entrepreneurs
October 2, 2008  |  Mohammed Naalir

Jathika Saviya, Gama Neguma and Maga Neguma - the national development drives come under the Mahinda Chinthana national development concept. The prime cause for the victory of the project was the active involvement of the rural community and the dedication of the Officials deployed for the project. read more . . .

AP plan: Turn 1 crore women into millionaires
September 11, 2008  |  Rediff News

The United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Thursday launched an interesting scheme of the Andhra Pradesh government to make 1 crore (10 million) women in the state a millionaire in next five years.

Under this Indira Kranthi Pratham Scheme the women's self-help groups will be provided loans of Rs 1 lakh crore (Rs 1 trillion) at the interest rate of 3 per cent per annum through linkages with various banks.  read more . . .

Editorial: The Key to Rebuilding Afghanistan
Op-ed By President Robert B. Zoellick, The Washington Post, August 22, 2008

During a recent visit to Afghanistan, I was reminded of the counterinsurgency principles of "clear, hold, build." In the language of the World Bank Group, that translates to "security, governance and development." As events in Iraq have shown, who assumes responsibility for these principles is as important as the principles themselves: Local ownership is key to achieving legitimacy and effectiveness.    read more . . .

On a (merit) roll
E. Kumar Sharma   |  Business Today (India)
August 19, 2008 

Thallapalli Rekha, 17, has never been to a city before. The first time she came to Hyderabad just two months ago from Chirlavancha village, 250 km away, Rekha was pleased to discover a life where she could expect 24-hour power supply. Yet, away from the hustle and bustle of urban moorings, this village girl has a terrific academic record that puts her quite at par with the best in her age group.  read more . . . 

Gemidiriya Among World Top 20
Gamini WARUSHAMANA | Daily News Saturday, 19 July 2008

Gemidiriya has been ranked among the world’s top 20 outstanding and replicable examples of poverty reduction programs in the world according to a recently launched book of the UNDP. The review looked at 100 case studies from more than 20 countries spanning Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Karnataka Watershed Management Project (Sujala) Wins Times of India Earth Care Special Recommendation Award

Climate crusaders for a Green Cause29 Apr 2008, 1238 hrs IST,TNN,prtpage-1.cms

Earth Care Awards25 April 2008, TNN

Gemidiriya’s rural finance scheme a role model -WB Advisor
by Gamini Warushamana

The success of the Gemidiriya rural development project is amazing and the world can learn many lessons from Gemidiriya, said Renate Kloeppinger-Todd, World Bank Advisor, Rural Finance, in Colombo recently.   |   read full article  |

The Village Women's News Programme 
By Amarnath Tewary
BBC News, Muzaffarpur 
December 21, 2007

A community news programme run by village women has been making waves in the northern Indian state of Bihar.   |   full article  |

First the mutiny, then the silver
by Simon Cox
The Economist
December 19, 2007

Coverage of the IDA-15 replinishment that does refer to the achievements of Karnataka Watershed Development Project and Afghanistan achievements on rural roads.  |   read full article  |

The Schools the Taliban Won't Torch
by Gregory Warner
Washington Monthly
December 2007

In a country where almost all the recent news has been bad news, the National Solidarity Program, or NSP, offers a rare glimmer of hope.  |   read full article  |

Launch of the Community Knowledge Service in Sri Lanka, 14 December 2007

In follow-up to the Community Knowledge Service's (CKS) Asia launch in October in Bangalore, preparations were immediately initiated to develop a national CKS process in Sri Lanka. As a first step, a one-day orientation workshop was hosted by Sri Lanka-based CKS partners on 14 December in Colombo. The workshop focused on national needs with respect to community-led documentation, assessment, and promotion of community knowledge in agriculture, health, natural resource management and livelihood related activities. The event engaged a broad range of Sri Lankan community leaders, representatives of national ministries, and agencies, including United Nations Development Programme and the Biodiversity Secretariat of Sri Lanka's Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources, as well as capturing the attention of Sri Lanka's national press. Following the workshop, a ceremonial lighting of the lamp formally launched CKS Sri Lanka. Next steps include the first Strategic Planning Meeting of the CKS Sri Lanka National Steering Committee, to be hosted by the Rush and Reed Conservation and Diversification initiative in Horana on 5-6 January.

See the  video clip from a Sri Lankan news service that covered the event.

WB expert praises ‘adda leaves’ project
The Hindu
September 5, 2007

Kakinada: World Bank expert Grant Mille during his visit to the common facility centre at Tallapalem in Seethapalli section of Sudikonda range  . . . read more

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