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Dear Reader

A whole host of grave problems seem to loom over us all.

Global warming, financial meltdown, grinding poverty, wars & terrorism, human rights abuses.... the list is endless. These certainly present a gloomy picture of Development the world over.

But Development is certainly not a 'dreary science' or a 'pessimists' paradise'. In fact, if there is hope for the future, it is hope kindled to a large measure by the myriad efforts of folks working for Development.

At d-sector we believe that the Development sector encompasses some of the most beautiful and valuable human values and therefore, while remaining realistic, Development work should reflect positive enthusiasm. The d-sector seeks to address the requirements of the Development sector as a whole as an effort to add to this positive approach. This, we feel, can be done by focussing on:

1. Providing crisp, authentic updates on all the relevant issues and developments in the sector
2. Offering an intelligently collated archive and database
3. Empowering the Development Practitioners through a range of services

Further, as a Development Practitioner, you would also be interested in equipping yourself with information, training, contacts and exposure to best practices.

The d-sector with its various features and classified sections such as openings and resumes, will be a superb companion for you as you progress on your chosen path without losing your passion or care for the cause. Subscribers to our services will be eligible for special offers relating to learning opportunities and services.

The d-sector offers Free, Subscription and Special levels of services to meet different requirements. If we do not have what you need, tell us. We will respond positively.

With your support, we will strive to keep this portal unbiased and neutral in line with our philosophy of serving the sector as a whole.

So get Connected. You will gain. So will the Development sector !

Do write in with your views, suggestions, observations, criticisms and send to us at editor@d-sector.org and become a part of the d-sector !



Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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