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Appointments & Movements

Ertharin Cousin to be new WFP ED
By d-sector Team  | 18 Jan 2012

Homi Khusrokhan is new BNHS President
By d-sector Team  | Mumbai | 09 Jan 2012

Ex-MD from Tata Group and Glaxo to blend conservation and development

Singer Craig David is UN's voice against TB
By d-sector Team  | 30 Mar 2010

Haitian writer among UNESCO Artists for Peace
By d-sector Team  | 30 Mar 2010

Antonio Banderas is UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
By d-sector Team  | 23 Mar 2010

Messi is UNICEF's Global Goodwill Ambassador
By d-sector Team  | 15 Mar 2010

Salil Shetty is the first Indian to head Amnesty
By d-sector Team  | 04 Feb 2010

Foreign Affairs editor to be HRW's new chairman
By d-sector Team  | 28 Jan 2010

Tunisian actress Hend Sabri is WFP's ambassadress against hunger
By d-sector Team  | 12 Jan 2010

Bertina Ceccarelli new VP for WCS Global Resources
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jan 2010

Actor Cage appointed UN goodwill ambassador
By d-sector Team  | 07 Dec 2009

Yumkella reappointed as UNIDO DG
By d-sector Team  | 07 Dec 2009

Stevie Wonder appointed UN Messenger of Peace
By d-sector Team  | 02 Dec 2009

Banerjee joins as Atomic Energy Commission Chief
By d-sector Team  | 01 Dec 2009

Indian American to head USAID
By d-sector Team  | Washington | 12 Nov 2009

Veronica Campbell-Brown to be UNESCO Champion for Sport
By d-sector Team  | 23 Oct 2009

Sam Pitroda appointed Railways ICT Panel Head
By d-sector Team  | 06 Oct 2009

Irina Bokova to be first woman to head UNESCO
By d-sector Team  | 25 Sep 2009

Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
By d-sector Team  | 27 Aug 2009

Paul Farmer to assist Clinton in Haiti
By d-sector Team  | 12 Aug 2009

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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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