Alys Francis is a freelance journalist covering development and other news in South Asia for international media outlets. Based in India, she travels widely around the region and has covered major events, including national elections in India and Nepal. She is interested in how technology is aiding development and rapidly altering societies.
Nongovernmental organizations in India are bracing for the worst, concerned that proposed regulatory changes could restrict their access to foreign funding further — a move that could force some to close, Devex learns from NGOs in the country.
India set out an ambitious plan to end open defecation by 2019. But unless major changes are done in the way the budget is allocated and the mission is implemented, NGOs fear the mission will inevitably fail.
In a country where there are multiple languages, castes and tribes, no single behavior change program will work in all contexts and communities. So how can NGOs working to help end open defecation in the country make such programs work in India?
With the cost of recovery in earthquake-ravaged Nepal estimated at $6.6 billion, preparations are underway for a donor conference this week to coordinate reconstruction and drum up support for the underfunded aid effort.
The April 25 earthquake didn't just render thousands of people inaccessible, it also put at risk an industry that has become a major contributor to Nepal's economy. A partnership between WFP and the country's largest trekking associations aims to address both challenges. Here's how.
While knowledge of local government and languages is important, the key to the success of any rebuilding effort in Nepal is being able to understand and work with local communities, Nepalese NGOs engaged in the U.N. shelter cluster shared to Devex.
Logistical challenges and slow disbursement of aid funds are hampering relief work in Nepal — forcing agencies on the ground to think outside the box and deliver much-needed assistance before the monsoons hit. U.N. officials in Nepal give us the inside track.
When WHO declared leprosy had been eliminated as a public health problem in India in 2005, it marked the beginning of funding problems for NGOs working to combat the infectious disease in a country registering half of the world's new cases each year.
If the government doesn't unblock Greenpeace India's frozen accounts soon, the environmental advocacy group would have to shut down at the end of the month. But it is just one of many environmental and rights groups that have come under attack in India — which local NGOs claim is part of a wider crackdown on critics of the Modi administration.