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03/26/2017 at 14:30. Facebook
Some countries hold two-third of the world’s forests.
Is India one of them? [ Link ] #environment

Five forest figures for the International Day of Forests
World Bank India
03/25/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
US$100 million loan agreement signed to benefit the residents of Uttarakhand, particularly those living in the hilly and remote areas with poor availability of health services. This new project will make a sustainable change in the availability of quality healthcare services, particularly for the poor and underserved population. Read more: [ Link ]

Government and World Bank Sign US $100 million Agreement for Better Healthcare in Uttarakhand
World Bank India
03/24/2017 at 12:31. Facebook
“Compared to a decade ago, the rate of poverty reduction in many countries has fallen. This is because trade has fallen and trade has fallen because growth has fallen. Trade and services can be a major compensation for this deceleration in world growth and trade. And it will have a direct impact on poverty reduction.” said Junaid Ahmad, World Bank India Country Director at the 2 day Trade...
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03/24/2017 at 06:30. Facebook
Despite the fact that the Indian government provides TB diagnosis and treatment free of cost in public health facilities, 1.3 of the 2.8 million TB cases in India are treated in the private sector. On #WorldTuberculosisDay, this blog makes an economic case for eliminating tuberculosis from India: [ Link ]

In India, eliminating tuberculosis isn't just a health issue — it's an economic one
World Bank India
03/22/2017 at 14:30. Facebook
Two-thirds of India is prone to droughts and one-eight is susceptible to floods. Surging flood waters afflict some 32 million people each year, robbing the economy of anything between Rs 6000 crore and Rs 12,000 crores. Drought affects a further 150 million people.
The only way out is to fundamentally change the way India manages water resources. Read how we are helping India take a holistic...
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Taking a Holistic Approach to Water Management
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03/22/2017 at 11:45. Facebook
US$ 210 million loan agreement to strengthen Gram Panchayats in #WestBengal to better utilize the untied/discretionary funds that are now available to them. Read more: [ Link ]

Project Signing: Government and the World Bank Sign New Agreement for Strengthening Gram Panchayats Across West Bengal
World Bank India
03/22/2017 at 05:30. Facebook
By 2025, an estimated 60 percent of India’s groundwater blocks will be in a critical condition.
India is the largest user of groundwater in the world, with an estimated use of 230 cubic kilometers of groundwater every year – more than a quarter of the global total.
On #WaterDay2017 share and read more about groundwater in India: [ Link ]
Did you know that in 2011 more than 13 million people defecated in the open in Uttar Pradesh?
However, things seem to be changing. In just one year, the number of Gram Panchayats that declared themselves open defecation free has risen from just 10 to 2,197, covering a total 4,336 villages.
Find out more about sanitation in Uttar Pradesh: [ Link ] #WaterDay2017

Building institutional capacity for rural sanitation: India’s Uttar Pradesh State
Here is a blog on how we can integrate a “climate and green growth lens” to provide better access to rural communities while realizing major environmental gains.
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Climate change is forcing us to reinvent rural transport for the better
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With the #WorldWaterDay round the corner, we will be sharing some water related facts, reports and features. Read and share to spread awareness!

Did you know that the sprawling Ganga basin covers more than 860,000 sq km across 11 states in India?[ Link ]

The Ganga Basin: A Critical Resource for India
Government support of experimentation in #Rajasthan has increased #toilet coverage dramatically in the last 5 years. The results? Access to toilets has gone from 20% to 68% since 2011. Learn how it's possible to achieve: [ Link ] #SwachhBharat

Rajasthan tells an unexpected story of stopping open defecation under Swachh Bharat Mission
With rainfall in India being highly seasonal and 50% of precipitation falling in just 15 days, #India continues to be water-stressed and is faced with the challenge of managing its water needs amidst recurring floods and drought.
US$ 175 million National Hydrology Project will strengthen the capacity of institutions to assess the water situation in their regions and reduce their vulnerability...
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World Bank Approves Countrywide Program for Better Water Planning and Management
2016 Records of fatalities maintained by Government Railway Police (GRP) reveal that the total number of deaths due to passengers falling off local trains in Mumbai has come down by nearly 20%.
This The Times of India article shares more details: [ Link ]

Deaths due to fall from trains dip by 20%: GRP - Times of India
Bringing the state closer to citizens has been an important promise of India’s democracy. Drawing on this principle, the new US$210 Million project aims to build the capacity of Panchayati Raj Institutions to respond to service needs of citizens across West Bengal. Read more: [ Link ]

World Bank Approves US$210 Million for Strengthening Gram Panchayats Across West Bengal, India
World Bank CEO, Kristalina Georgieva recently visited #India to learn more about the country’s challenges and opportunities. She concluded that a successful India is good for the world and that the country will have a huge impact in achieving global goals such as addressing climate change and overcoming communicable diseases. How can India realize its development goals of becoming a more...
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A successful India is good for the world
‘For India’s current stage of development, growth of secondary towns may do more to reduce rural poverty than big city growth.’

Do you agree? Read, discuss and share. We look forward to your thoughts in the comments section of this post.
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For India’s Rural Poor, Growing Towns Matter More than Growing Cities
A striking feature of India’s labor market is the extremely low female labor force participation. More than 50 million Indian young women are neither studying nor working and they constitute less than 9% of enrollment in most ITIs.
#STRIVE will help India harness the full potential of its large youthful population. Read more: [ Link ]

World Bank Approves Support to Vocational Training Across India
The first World Bank project in #India that is solely focused on the social, educational and economic empowerment of adolescent girls and young women in Jharkhand was signed, recently.
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Project signing: New Project to Benefit over Six Lakh Adolescent Girls and Young women in 17 districts of Jharkhand