Why does ‘not for profit’ pathetically fail in business development?

There is a paradigm shift in accepting ‘business development’ as one of the core activities in not for profit organisations in recent days. This ‘shift’ is mainly triggered due to the reasons that funders and donors are demanding more accountability, traditional forms of funding are becoming smaller and less reliable, donors are focusing for an … More Why does ‘not for profit’ pathetically fail in business development?

Responsible Investment: Making profits and Creating Companies Value

Do we invest responsibly as an individual? I think, the answer is certainly yes as we are not interested to be bankrupt and nor we are willing to cause any damages to our personal and family lives.  This outlook of life-‘low regret’ or ‘do no harm’ is also increasingly happening in other sectors of our … More Responsible Investment: Making profits and Creating Companies Value

FINANCING REDD+ AND GREEN CLIMATE FUND*

Keeping Lima in mind, UNFCCC parties and the GCF can take a number of actions between now and Lima to build confidence in the efficacy and authority of the guidance created at COP 19 and the initial investment framework of GCF. From capitalizing the GCF, to submitting reference levels, to completing the GCF’s “logic model and performance framework,” showing the Warsaw Framework in action will be the most expedient way to encourage convergence to its methodology. … More FINANCING REDD+ AND GREEN CLIMATE FUND*

India’s Renewable Energy: Vision and Reality

India’s substantial and sustained economic growth over the years is placing enormous demand on its energy resources. Inspite of the substantial increase in installed electricity capacity in India, demand has outstripped supply. Thus, there is an emerging energy supply demand imbalance. This is a major reason for which promoting clean (renewable) energy in India has … More India’s Renewable Energy: Vision and Reality

CAPTURING THE ‘FDI’ OPPORTUNITY: INDIA’S CHALLENGES AND CONCERNS

There has been a considerable change in policies and attitudes towards foreign direct investment (FDI) in India. Distrust and suspicion of FDI in the past appears to have yielded place to a newfound faith in its ability to foster growth and development. This change in attitudes is due to a number of factors: a steep … More CAPTURING THE ‘FDI’ OPPORTUNITY: INDIA’S CHALLENGES AND CONCERNS

ENERGY SMART FOOD – LINKING FOOD AND CLEAN ENERGY

If energy prices continue to rise, the global food sector will face increased risks and lower profits. The efforts from low-GDP countries to emulate high-GDP countries in achieving increases in productivity and efficiencies in both small and large-scale food systems may be constrained by high energy costs. Lowering the energy inputs in essential areas, such … More ENERGY SMART FOOD – LINKING FOOD AND CLEAN ENERGY

KEY ROADBLOCKS IN PROVIDING ACCESS TO MODERN ENERGY

When I was talking to one of my senior colleagues last week on issues related to access to modern energy, we could identify a series of factors, which negatively influence initiatives on providing access to modern energy. A few of such key roadblocks are- (i) Politically linked decisions (which we generally avoid in our discussion), … More KEY ROADBLOCKS IN PROVIDING ACCESS TO MODERN ENERGY

Climate Smart Agriculture: Enhancing Adaptive Capacity of the Rural Communities

    Agriculture remains crucial for pro-poor economic growth in most developing countries. More than in any other sector, improvements in agricultural performance have the potential to increase rural incomes and purchasing power for large numbers of people to lift them out of poverty. It is the largest contributor to average global GDP; the biggest source of foreign … More Climate Smart Agriculture: Enhancing Adaptive Capacity of the Rural Communities

THE NEXUS: SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY THROUGH WATER SECURITY

My objective of this blog is to highlight this inter-linkage between food and water security in the special context of India and in general, formulating a few strategic options to enable the players of this sector for adopting appropriate adaptation and mitigation measures in the aegis of climate change. To begin with, I would like … More THE NEXUS: SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY THROUGH WATER SECURITY

HOW COULD BUSINESSES PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY?

1.1: Introduction- Despite extensive economic growth and increases in the quality of life over the last century, concern remains that the era of industrialization has had substantial negative effects on the natural environment and that these effects diminish the vitality and sustainability of our economic systems[i]. In addition to the localized problems pollution, recent scientific … More HOW COULD BUSINESSES PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY?