• Realising the Right to Health in the Sustainable Development Goals

    Issue Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has been recognised by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in 2016 as ‘one of the biggest threats to global health.’ Commitments were made by countries to develop national action plans on AMR, based on the ‘Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance’. Project Third World Network (TWN) is advancing the […]

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  • Strengthening governance and democracy with the participation of young women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

    Issue In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) women continue to face challenges to participate in electoral processes, including voting and running for elections. A survey conducted by Aware Girls during a previous Commonwealth Foundation funded project ‘Strengthening women’s participation in governance in Pakistan’ revealed some of the challenges that hinder women’s participation in electoral processes, such as […]

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  • Improving the implementation of climate change & disaster risk reduction plan in South Asia

    Issue Adverse effects of climate change in South Asia threaten the livelihoods of individuals.  Sustainable and green solutions are needed to mitigate disasters in the region with the help of those at the grassroots. Project Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), in cooperation with 149 local partners Janathakshan in Sri Lanka and Poorvanchal Gramin Vikas […]

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  • Accelerating national commitments to reduce non-communicable diseases in India

    Issue The Government of India is taking action and targeting the greatest risk factors contributing to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). As part of its efforts, India has implemented the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. It has also adapted the Global Monitoring Framework on NCDs and set specific targets under the National NCD Action Plan, in […]

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  • Strengthening the effective implementation of pro tribal legislation and policies in India

    Issue The indigenous peoples of India known as Adivasi constitute 8.6 per cent of India’s population, equivalent to 104 million people. Although the Indian government has introduced a number of laws and policies that are specifically designed to promote the rights of tribal communities, more needs to be done to monitor the implementation of legislation […]

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  • Pioneering financial inclusion for refugees in India

    Issue In November 2016, the Indian government announced the immediate demonetization of large currency notes, whereby these would no longer be legal tender. The objective was for India to transform into a cashless economy where every individual has a bank account, thus achieving complete financial inclusion. This necessarily excludes those who do not have access […]

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  • Promoting greater women’s participation in governance in India

    Issue Stronger recognition of women’s issues in policy is required through increased representation in national and state governance. The experience in India shows that women elected in local government have played a key role in addressing critical issues affecting them and their broader communities, such as education, water management, health and domestic violence. The Women’s […]

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  • Promoting cultural respect and understanding in schools in Quetta, Pakistan

    Issue Pakistan is a pluralistic society with myriad of religious and ethno-linguistic identities. While freedom of religion is constitutionally protected, discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities is an ongoing challenge. Government initiatives have attempted to address this, however more focused attention on remote communities and young people is needed. Project Minority Rights Group International (MRGI), […]

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  • Preventing child marriage, retaining girls in school and developing gender awareness in West Bengal, India

    Issue Although child marriage in India is declining, more needs to be done to end it. It is recognised that strategies must have a broad appeal. Jana Sanskrit is working with communities in Purulia district of West Bengal using interactive, theatre-based approach known as forum theatre. Project Jana Sanskriti – Centre for Theatre of the […]

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  • Promoting effective implementation of the Right to Information Act in Sri Lanka

    Issue Promoting civic-state engagement is essential to support effective implementation of the Right to Information Act in Sri Lanka. Project Transparency International Sri Lanka is increasing public awareness on the use and applicability of Right to information (RTI) and facilitating discussions between civil society and the regulatory bodies around RTI issues. Working at both a […]

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