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Welcome to February 2016

Dear IPEans

Teamwork makes the Dream Work.

This is not only a quote attributed to Bang Gae but also the name of a book by the Leadership Guru John Maxwell. In the book John Maxwell elaborates that if you look at hundreds of winning teams, you will find that their players have four things in common:
1. They play to win: The difference between playing to win and playing not to lose is often the difference between success and mediocrity.

2. They have a winning attitude: Team members believe in themselves, their teammates, and their dream. And they don’t allow negative thinking to derail them.

3. They keep improving: The highest reward for their efforts isn’t what they get from it, but who they become because of it. Team members know intuitively that if they’re through improving, they’re through.

4. They make their teammates more successful: Winners are empowerers. As Charlie Brower says, “Few people are successful unless a lot of other people want them to be."

Best wishes
- Ashwajit Singh
Editorial

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With the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we start a new chapter this year of “global partnership” for ensuring Sustainable Development. Achieving gender equality is seen as a critical enabler to achieving these 17 new goals.

It is a well-established fact that women’s empowerment has a multiplier effect creating significant impacts to families, communities, economies and nations. Thus, for a fast growing economy like India promoting gender equality is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do.

Taking inspiration from the above and the upcoming International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2016, we have focussed on this year’s International Women’s Day theme as the focus for this edition of Inspire.

The News of the Month elaborates on the transition from MDGs to SDGs through the lens of women empowerment, and asserts on the need of Stepping Up For Gender Equality.

You can also read about development sector news and aid roundup clocked this month in the edition.

Happy reading and be inspired!

- Rebika Laishram , Aashna Bhatia

News Of The Month
PLANET 50-50 BY 2030 || STEP IT UP FOR GENDER EQUALITY

This year on the occasion of 41st International Women’s Day we will celebrate and pledge to the theme- “Planet 50-50 By 2030: Step It Up For Gender Equality”. It is a well proven fact that the issue of gender disparity and women empowerment continue to assume greater significance in view of coordinated action being taken up by the global developmental experts. From MDGs Goal 3 to SDGs Goal 5, a single standalone goal has always found a place in these global development agenda. This year’s International Women’s Day theme in a true sense envisages a world where all women and girls will have equal rights and opportunities by 2030, rightly aligning itself with the Global Agenda –2030 of sustainable development.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were adopted in September 2000, promised a new era of development for the world, with a target of achieving it by 2015. Among 8 goals, goal 3 was dedicated to achieve gender equality and empower women, which targeted to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015. MDGs focused only on a limited set of empowerment areas. MDGs (set of eight goals) were celebrated as the world’s greatest commitment, but it showed irregular progress with stark differences across countries and regions. Although, MDGs have played a critical role in galvanising attention and resources for achieving gender equality and women empowerment, much remains to be done to achieve holistic gender parity across the world.

In India, gender disparity continues to be an enormous problem that is deeply engrained in the society at all levels. The existing patriarchal norms have lowered women to secondary status within the household and workplace. This has radical effects on women's health, financial status, education, and political involvement. While many progressive laws and schemes have been adopted to ensure political, social and economic empowerment to women and girls, the need for regressive steps and additional gauges was felt to solve this problem which is so deeply rooted in India’s cultural ethos and value orientation. It is then, the need for evolving indicators pivoting the transition from MDGs to a new, more inclusive and robust agenda was felt.

With the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we start a new chapter this year of “global partnership” for ensuring Sustainable Development. Achieving gender equality is seen as a critical enabler to achieving these 17 new goals. While the SDGs are a global agenda, they will be driven and implemented at a national level and this will necessitate the determined efforts and unleashing full potential of men and women, boys and girls to ensure success of these goals. Among 17 goals, goal 5 is dedicated to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls. The key factor on which the goal 3 of MDGs and goal 5 of SDGs differ is inclusiveness. Goal 5 of SDGs commits to empower girls and women, thus, it is inclusive of all age groups. This is clearly indicative of the early interventions to ensure a more sustainable social, political and economic empowerment.

Women contribute to almost 50% population of India and ignoring 50% of the population and talent pool has significant impacts on the bottom line. It is a well-established fact that women’s empowerment has a multiplier effect creating significant impacts to families, communities, economies and nations. Thus, for a fast growing economy like India promoting gender equality is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do.

This year’s theme- "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality" urges the governments to make national commitments- in form of laws, policies, national action plans and adequate investment, which will be focused on addressing the challenges of gender equality and closing the gender gap within next 15 years. The initiative comes at a critical moment in time as a new development agenda is taking shape. Now is the time for all the stakeholders to Step It Up and play their role in advancing gender equality in a manner that is more coordinated, sustainable and better governed.

IPE Global as a development consultancy has participated, initiated and witnessed many programmes to promote and support this cause. On this International Women’s Day we will celebrate the courage, determination and success of all the women who have played a role in advancing gender equality, reflect on progress made and call for change by #PLEDGINGFORPARITY.

Development News Round Up

World Bank to support Rajasthan on energy reforms

The World Bank has decided to lend support to the Rajasthan government on energy reforms and a detailed project has been prepared.... Click here

AfDB President Outlines Strategy to Transform Africa

African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina, outlined the Bank's new development priorities and underscored the.... Click here

MMRDA ropes in World Bank to map region

The city’s development authority has tied up with the World Bank to map the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), mirroring every road.....Click here

Aid Round Up

World Bank commits $150 million to Zika response- aid

The World Bank is making available $150 million to combat the Zika virus outbreak and is prepared to offer more support if needed..... Click here

India, ADB sign $80m loan agreement

India has signed a $80 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank to ramp up infrastructure in Agartala and..... Click here

Global Innovation Fund's first investments shed light on mission

The Global Innovation Fund announced its first eight grant and equity investments last week, and as starts its next chapter, it is.....Click here

 
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