India creates smart identity cards
“On 1 April 2010, the 2011 National Census began, covering India’s 1.2 billion-strong population in one single database. The census plans to include data on household access to treated drinking water.
Sources:Intellecap April 2010, page 8
Government plans satellite mapping to prevent new slums
“The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in India plans to introduce satellite mapping to discover new slum settlements and prevent their illegal spread. The geographical information system (GIS) will help it analyze slum communities, providing them basic amenities, and relocate them to other suitable areas. This is a step forward towards the target of a slum-free free India in the next five years. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will collaborate on the project.
Sources:Intellecap March 2010, pages 5-6
Indian government to formally fund self-help groups
A local government in India has decided to provide financial assistance to fringe employment opportunities in the hopes of increasing overall employment.
“The government of Assam has launched an employment scheme to provide financial assistance and better employment opportunities to weavers, farmers, and unemployed youths in the Indian state. Under the ‘Chief Minister’s Special Employment Programme 2010-11,’ loans worth US $24.3m were distributed to 93 joint liability groups. The state government is considering providing financial assistance in the form of self-help groups (SHGs).”
Sources:Intellecap December 2010, page 17
Planned "Satellite" Cities a Part of Development Strategy in South Asia
"In Guwahati, Assam, one of the world’s 100 fastest growing cities, officials are... turning to the strategy of stemming growth using satellite towns. Guwahati is the largest city in India’s northeast region, and has three satellite cities in the works... The strategy is part of a plan to curb the city’s transportation woes... By building satellite cities, officials hope to plan for its growing population. These cities will be connected via two bus rapid transit corridors."
West African Governments Prioritize Agriculture,Try to Engage Youth; Urbanized Middle Class Creates Domestic/Import Market
"Governments in the region have signed the continent wide Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) compact. They have committed to spend at least 10% of their budgets on agriculture. CAADP aims to push agriculture growth to at least 6% annual growth in food production by 2015 through increased research and technology dissemination, improved food supply chains, extending areas under agriculture and improved infrastructure and trade-related capacities."
"Government efforts are also being complemented by those of
School Food Programs in Middle East Successful, Have Additional Benefit of Boosting Enrollment, Gender Equity
"The success of school feeding programmes in Jordan, Morocco and Saudi Arabia has inspired poor countries such as Yemen, Syria and Iraq to introduce similar initiatives for improving the health, nutrition and education of school-age children. The provision of food fortified with micronutrients provides nutritional support and alleviates short- term hunger for school children in the most food insecure areas of these countries."
Vietnamese Gov to Create New Rural Communes Across Country
"Under the initial national pilot program the Government of Vietnam chose 11 communes to develop and create as ‘new rural areas’... The aim of the project is two-fold. It aims to create better, more developed rural areas and at the same time, it aims to organize economic sectors and the livelihoods of those that live in these rural areas."
"The relative success of the pilot has led to the Government announcing in August of 2010 the plans for developing all rural communes across the Vietnam in 2010-2020....The project has been extended to cover the entire country over the next decade,"
Sources:SFG Feb 2011:
Cultural Stigma Trumps Government Policy on HIV/AIDS Infected Kids' Right to School in Vietnam
"Under Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS laws, no child can be denied access to a school if either they or any of their family is living with HIV or AIDS. Vietnam’s laws on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control are comprehensive but are not widely known. Public prejudice against HIV/AIDS infected people also stems from the fact that historically, it has been associated with drug users and prostitutes. Combined with the public attitude and lack of awareness, this has led to children with HIV being discriminated against in schools.
Sources:SFG Feb 2011:
Vietnam's Plan for the Poor: Export Them
The Vietnamese government has a new plan to address the poverty in parts of Northern Mountainous and Central regions—send the people to another country.
"In April 2009, the Vietnamese government launched the Labor Export program (2009-2015) with an initial funding of VND 4.7 trillion (USD 264 million). The program has been implemented in 11 provinces. Majority of the labor force is being exported to countries in the Middle East and SE Asia."
Sources:SFG June 2011, page 14:
Mapping, Digitizing Records Fight Corruption, Aid in Proper Distribution of Land to the Poor in Bangladesh
Land disputes area major issue in Bangladesh. The government has a program to redistribute land to the landless, but, due to mismanagement and massive corruption, many do not receive their land and end up in court—it's estimated that more than "3.2 million land-related cases are pending before the judiciary."
This figure doesn't account for large number of poor people who "do not even escalate matters to the level of litigation."
Sources:SFG June 2011, page 8: