/Tag: Poverty

Keys to ensuring more crop per drop

2020-03-20T09:32:21+00:00May 20th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – May 2019|

Solar irrigation solutions are the key to combatting energy poverty in India, notes a clean energy specialist. Walk across a farm in northern India, and the chances are, you’ll hear the stutter and purr of one of 10 million diesel-powered pumps used across the country for irrigation. These pumps are very expensive to run, easily consuming one litre of diesel fuel per hour. As they have many moving parts, the engines frequently break down and require servicing, an added burden [...]

Women in India’s poorest communities can earn 7x the informal wage

2019-05-06T09:54:21+00:00May 2nd, 2019|2019, Global Edition – April 2019|

Empowering women as agents of change can change the future for millions of Indian families living in poverty. Before Rukhashana Parveen joined Pollinate Group just over one year ago, she had never held a formal job. As a mother of two children who attend primary school, Rukhashana became interested in working with Pollinate Group to become more independent, while supporting her family. Rukhashana sells products, such as solar lights and water filters, to improve the lives of her peers living [...]

The business case for combatting inequality

2020-03-16T09:49:01+00:00November 16th, 2018|2017/2018, Global Edition – November 2018|

While India fares poorly on a latest worldwide ‘Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index’, some progressive measures bode well for future improvement. India was recently ranked among the bottom 10 countries in a new worldwide index released on the commitment of different nations to reduce inequalities for its population. UK-based charity Oxfam International’s ‘Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index’ ranks India 147th among 157 countries analysed, describing the country’s commitment to reducing inequality as a “a very worrying situation” given that it is home to [...]

Learning from a decade of implementing water conservation projects

2018-11-16T10:43:09+00:00November 16th, 2018|2017/2018, Global Edition – November 2018|

A senior executive delves into the work Anandana, the Coca-Cola India Foundation, is doing to help mitigate water scarcity in water-deficit areas all over India. We don’t have to circumnavigate the world to know what percentage of water exists as freshwater. A quick Google search will give us a single-digit percentage, which is so tiny that its scantiness is alarming. And to make it even more exciting, majority of it is contained in glaciers and polar ice caps, a large [...]

An important milestone in India’s war against poverty

2020-08-20T07:12:12+00:00July 13th, 2018|2017/2018, Home Page, India Inc News|

Brookings Institute’s conclusion that India is no longer home to the world’s largest number of extreme poor is an endorsement of the Indian government’s poverty elimination efforts, writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa. In the midst of the 2014 Indian General Election campaign, the then candidate Narendra Modi was asked whether he thought a full-fledged war against Pakistan was inevitable. His reply astonished many. Modi quipped: “India and Pakistan do have a war to fight – a war against poverty.” [...]

Social financing will revolutionise philanthropy in South Asia

2020-03-16T09:47:08+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, SPOTLIGHT, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

New approaches to charitable giving, such as innovative finance and impact bonds, are crucial to achieve impact at scale in countries like India. South Asia is home to 20 per cent of the world’s population. It is also home to 33 per cent of the world’s poor who live on less than $2 a day (World Bank 2016).  Some of the major challenges facing South Asia remain persistent: poverty, illiteracy, youth unemployment, gender inequality, trafficking, child labour and mental illness. To tackle this widespread poverty [...]