Case studies

Fighting climate change by investing in developing countries

Fighting climate change by investing in developing countries

Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) is an innovative public-private partnership initiated by the European Commission to transfer clean and renewable energy technologies to developing countries.

Increased water harvesting and diminished desertification in Tamil Nadu, South India

Increased water harvesting and diminished desertification in Tamil Nadu, South India

By rehabilitating tanks and reviving communal water management, desertification will be arrested; this will lead to increased food and environmental security for marginalised small farmers and landless farmer families in drought prone areas.

Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund

Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund

Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) is an innovative Public Private Partnership initiated by the European Commission to transfer clean and renewable energy technologies to developing countries.

Livelihood enhancement and ecological security in Orissa, India

Livelihood enhancement and ecological security in Orissa, India

The project aims to achieve greater control of local communities especially the forest dependent population over forest resources through sustainable forest resource management along with forest product development and market development.

Afforestation clean development mechanism project in Northen India

Afforestation clean development mechanism project in Northen India

The clean development mechanism (CDM) pilot project, a part of the larger Haryana Community Forestry Project, is the first small scale afforestation project in the world to get certified by the Clean Development Mechanism.

Reducing the impact of water-intensive and polluting crops

Reducing the impact of water-intensive and polluting crops

This EC funded thirsty crops project aims to reduce water use and improve farmers' socio-economic status through the use of Better Management Practices (BMPs). This project is encouraging farmers, researchers, Government and business to support BMPs

Improving winter livelihoods in the cold desert of the Western Indian Himalayas

Improving winter livelihoods in the cold desert of the Western Indian Himalayas

The Western Indian Himalayas face a very severe climate with temperatures falling below -25°C. But the region benefits from 300 sunny days per year. Therefore passive solar techniques are relevant for heating housing and improving winter livelihoods.

EU-India Civil Aviation Cooperation Programme

EU-India Civil Aviation Cooperation Programme

The EU-India Civil Aviation Cooperation Programme is the EU’s biggest economic cooperation project in India. It supports the development of local air transport companies and stimulates collaboration between European and Indian manufacturers.

Providing elementary education in India

Providing elementary education in India

The Indian government wants to achieve a universal elementary education of satisfactory quality by 2010. Increasing the number of children attending school, narrowing the gender gap and enhancing the quality of education are central to this project.

A place for disability issues in the public health system of Gujarat, India

A place for disability issues in the public health system of Gujarat, India

The project helps health practitioners identify persons with disabilities and guide them towards public medical rehabilitation facilities. Health practitioners gain knowledge and the healthcare infrastructure is improved for people with disabilities.

Rural Entrepreneurship for young people of East India

Rural Entrepreneurship for young people of East India

This is a skills development project based on specific local needs in fields of sustainable agriculture, non-timber forest produce, water conservation technologies, renewable energy and health.

Access to youth-friendly health services through youth-led advocacy in India

Access to youth-friendly health services through youth-led advocacy in India

In 2010, “Community action for sexual and reproductive health and rights policies in Asia” was launched in India and Bangladesh. The project aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights amongst adolescents and young people.

Better livelihood for cotton farmers, weavers and garment makers in South India.

Better livelihood for cotton farmers, weavers and garment makers in South India.

The project aimed at reducing poverty and providing better livelihood opportunities to the Cotton Farmers, Weavers and Garments makers. It enabled farmers and weavers to move up in the supply chain by accessing markets, adding value to their product.

Promoting Community action led by older people in rural Rajasthan, India

Promoting Community action led by older people in rural Rajasthan, India

The project aims to empower marginalised groups with a specific focus on older people, by establishing Village Older People Associations. The activities aim to increase access to water, income, food and access to health services and entitlements.

Working towards better sexual and reproductive health and rights of People Living with HIV in India

Working towards better sexual and reproductive health and rights of People Living with HIV in India

The project aims to strengthen civil society organisations, networks of people living with HIV and key target populations to effectively advocate for the development and implementation of SRHR policies and programmes in India

Empowering youth with New Technology Skills in the backward districts of India

Empowering youth with New Technology Skills in the backward districts of India

The Project develops and disseminates a unique New Emerging Technology based Skill development system for unemployed youth from deprived regions of India, transforming them into Future Technicians, with good employment and enhanced income levels.

Building a knowledge cluster for clean coal and carbon capture and storage technologies in India

Building a knowledge cluster for clean coal and carbon capture and storage technologies in India

The project intends to develop a community of experts, entrepreneurs and industries interested in clean coal, carbon capture and storage technologies, to effectively address the challenges of reducing CO2 emissions in the Indian thermal power plants.

Strengthening participation in local governance to improve access to basic services by marginalised tribal communities

Strengthening participation in local governance to improve access to basic services by marginalised tribal communities

In India, local village councils are important agents for local self-government, as they have a lot of influence on village life. Encouraging participation in these institutions can help make them more accountable to the villagers.

 Improving sustainable livelihoods and health status through integrated management of water resources in north Bihar

Improving sustainable livelihoods and health status through integrated management of water resources in north Bihar

The North Indian state of Bihar is affected by severe floods every year. This impacts the livelihoods of millions of people. Though the land is fertile, farming is interrupted by the floods, and many farmers remain landless.

Improving access to information on public schemes for people living with disability in backward districts in India

Improving access to information on public schemes for people living with disability in backward districts in India

Many of the people living with disability in India, especially the poor among them, remain excluded from public life due to numerous challenges, for example mobility issues in getting to school or the work place.

Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities

Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities

Indian cities are facing issues related to water availability, quality and management. Usually, the planning and implementation of water use is undertaken in silos with little or no interaction between and across sectors.

Sustainable Textiles for Sustainable Development

Sustainable Textiles for Sustainable Development

The textile industry is vital to India’s economy; it is responsible for about 14% of industrial production and 4% of GDP and is the second largest employer. In Rajasthan, the textile industry generates 3,773 tons of hazardous waste per year, of which only about 3% is recyclable. Amongst the most highly polluting of textiles processes are dyeing and printing.

Promoting and protecting rights of deafblind people in India

Promoting and protecting rights of deafblind people in India

Deafness and blindness also often result in muteness, limiting the mode of communication to sense of touch. This combined disability is not yet recognised as a distinct disability in India. National education plans do not make specific reference to deafblindness.

Community alternatives to the war on drugs: Community advocacy for harm reduction

Community alternatives to the war on drugs: Community advocacy for harm reduction

An estimated 3–5 million people who inject drugs live in Asia. People who inject drugs are globally 28 times more likely to contract HIV than the general population. Unsafe injecting drug use is a major driver of the HIV epidemic in many Asian countries.