sustainable development in india
India suffers from staggering income disparity. One percent of the population controls 58% of the wealth, and while 28% of Indians are still living in poverty. While the GDP has rapidly risen, so has the gap between the Haves and the Have Nots. To address this issue, the Indian government passed Article 135 in the Companies Act, which requires corporations to allocate 2% of their profits to India’s development goals via Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. This legislation was intended to provide much-needed resources to Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to compensate for dwindling government programs. Six years after going into effect, the mandate has not lived up to India’s aspirations.
India, home to one-sixth of all humanity, holds the key to the success of the 2030 Agenda. India in its second VNR has made a paradigm shift to a “whole-of-society” approach with Government of India engaging sub-national and local governments, civil society organizations, local communities, people in vulnerable situations and the private sector.
India’s commitment to the SDGs is reflected in its convergence with the national development agenda as reflected in the motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas (Collective Efforts for Inclusive Growth). Based on the evidence from the SDG India Index, which measures progress at the subnational level, the country has developed a robust SDG localization model centered on adoption, implementation and monitoring at the State and district levels.
June 9, 2019
Solving for trust takes more
than words on paper.