Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Assumes Office

30 July 2015, New Delhi Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, presented his credentials to the Honourable Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen. (Dr.) V.K. Singh (Retd.) today and assumed charge as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India.

Welcoming Mr. Afanasiev to India, the Honourable Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (Dr.) V.K. Singh (Retd.) noted the close partnership between India and the United Nations. The Honourable Minister and Mr. Afanasiev discussed several areas of collaboration.

Thanking the Honourable Minister, Mr. Afanasiev said, "I am thrilled and honoured to be serving in India at this particular moment in history. I firmly believe that the next decade or two are "India's decades" and while the challenges are formidable, so is the momentum. I trust the UN will continue being a strong and trusted partner to the Government of India and the diverse Indian nation, as it has in the past."

Speaking at the meeting, the Minister said, "India looks forward to a progressive, fruitful and positive partnership with the United Nations."

Prior to his current position, Mr. Afanasiev served for 10 years as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. Before that he served in Headquarters in New York as Senior Advisor at the Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS located at the covering 24 countries in the region including Central Asia.

As a standing member of the crisis response team, Mr. Afanasiev was fielded as UNDP Coordinator for Response to Asian Tsunami in 2004-5, Somalia in 2012 and Typhoon Yolanda Response Coordinator in the Philippines in 2012. In 2014 he coordinated the UN response to the Balkan floods. He has spent over 14 years in various disaster and conflict duty stations.

Mr. Afanasiev has also served in a variety of other field positions at the United Nations. He started his development career in Cuba, where he served from 1988 to 1990. He came to the UN from private business.

Mr. Afanasiev holds an MA in International Economics and Finance from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is married with 3 children.

For media requests, please contact:
Nandita Surendran; UNDP:; 9810084776


The Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST)

Dear All,
Greetings from ISST!

The Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), in association with Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), presents the seventeenth Gender and Economic Policy Discussion Forum (GEP).

The Forum is a series of conferences to be held between the months of January 2015 and November 2015.

The intention of these forums is to bring together the best people from government, research, policy, etc, highlight key issues and add to on-going debates. Discussion notes are prepared for wider circulation after the forums are over.

The next, and seventeenth forum is on 'Placing Women's Unpaid Work in Development Policy' scheduled for the 10th of August 2015, from 10 am to 1 pm, followed by lunch, at Casuarina, India Habitat Centre.

Your participation in the forum will enrich the discussion. We kindly request you to circulate the details of the Forum with your colleagues and encourage them to participate as well.

We greatly look forward to your presence. Kindly confirm your participation

Institute of Social Studies Trust
U.G. Floor, Core 6A
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
New Delhi-110003
Tel : +91-11-4768 2222
Fax : +91-11-4768 2220
Email :
Website :



Looking for some volunteer/ interns for the upcoming Regional feminist Forum.

The Forum dates are August 30th to September 1st in Sri Lanka.

Volunteer/ Interns who would like to work with PWESCR for a month or so to help out with the Forum work.

The work involves coordination, communication, research mainly. There is a lot of logistic details that need to be taken care of.

In return PWESCR would be happy to provide a scholarship for you to attend the Forum in Sri Lanka.

For practical purposes, it would be best if you are based in Delhi.

To express your interest.
Please send an email to Abhiram Roy at Time is short and the need for volunteers almost immediately.



Arts programmes for nonprofits

The SPACE trust, registered in 2013, has emerged as a social initiative out of the Mumbai based arts company, QTP Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

QTP Entertainment has engaged in a multitude of projects with Asha Daan, Ehsaan Humanity Foundation, Teach For India, Kamathipura's Kranti Project, Dilkhush, Fest of Tibet, Akanksha Schools, Taliya, and theatre workshops conducted for municipal school classrooms. Their programs are designed to tap creative expression through theatre activities and games that facilitate memory building, innovation, confidence building, team work, stage skills, and in occasional cases supplementing training for culminating performances by the participants.

They are looking to collaborate with existing nonprofit institutions by providing them with access to arts based workshops and projects that are customized to achieve objectives aligned to the requirements of their social cause.

Gitanjali C. Kalro
Project Manager
Ph: 9819478940


Matu Jansangthan

After ten years

Land rights are still a misery in the Tehri Dam displacement regions. Since 1978 to present, The Tehri Dam affected people are struggling for the basic amenities like electricity, water, health services, educational facilities, bank, even the post offices and fencing to protect the agricultural crops from animals. Only 40% of Old Tehri city has settled in New Tehri city, the people of city having retaining walls and stairs has been suffering from ankle's pain and respiratory diseases. The promises of free electricity made by the immediate energy minister at the time of inauguration of the Dam on 29th July, 2005, have also remained as only promises for the people.

It has been 10 years since the inauguration of Tehri Dam and the lake of the Dam is already filled with sand on a dangerous level. Along with this, 40 villages around the lake are subsiding due to the lake of Tehri Dam. Whereas THDCIL, the Dam Company is considering them affected by natural disasters, and not by the Tehri Dam reservoir.

Due to incomplete rehabilitation, cases of N. D. Juyal, Shekhar Singh Vs. Union of India and others, and Kishor Upadhyay Vs. Union of India, Hon'ble Supreme Court has already prohibits from filling the reservoir fully. This also tells that finishing the Dam was only a stubbornness, due to which important conditions of Pari-Pasu was not followed in which rehabilitation work and engineering works of Dam should be happening together.

It was claimed to generate 1000MW of electricity Tehri dam but that also have never achieved. Here the question is also rising as where the money of 12% free electricity which was meant for state government has gone? According to the policy of Central Energy Ministry, this money should be spending on Dam displaced people and to solve the environmental issues.

After the dam construction, in 2010, the water was almost set to cross over the dam height. At that time also this was proved that the survey line of reservoir was wrong. Oustees recognise in new serve they were not rehabilitated till now. Corruption in rehabilitation is very level. In the recent past government give river land to the oustess. This has stopped only after when this news came out.

This again prove that in development people from river valley does not have place and devastation of environment and corruption is in full swing. Displacement begun in 1978 and electricity generation starts since 10 years but till now problems of oustees not solved.

What ex-prime minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi said after her Tehri visit in 1978 that this dam will give profit only to contractors and capitalist has proved.

After 10 years of commissioning the Tehri dam will the central government who is chanting '' Namami Ganga'' and state government will think over this situation?

Vimalbhai, Puransingh Rana

Matu Jansangthan


Plan India

Round Table Discussion on Missing Child Alert (MCA) Project Held in Delhi

New Delhi, 14th July, 2015: According to the National Crime Records Bureau, one lakh children go missing every year in India. Some of these children end up in forced labour or being sexually exploited and abused. Since 2012, Plan has been working in India, Bangladesh and Nepal with children and other organisations to counter the growing concerns of exploitation and abuse of trafficked children. The Missing Child Alert (MCA) project aims to link existing institutions, mechanisms and resources to tackle the phenomenon of cross-border trafficking from a regional perspective.

The project looks to strengthen regional cooperation with multiple stakeholders including state and civil society organisations for an effective and sustainable response against organised human trafficking.

Keeping in accordance with the previous three years, the first MCA II planning meet was organised successfully by Plan India on 14th July, 2015. The round table discussion on Prevention of Cross-border Child Trafficking looked into the issues being faced in India in this regard. The meeting was attended by a group of ten distinguished experts on anti-child and human trafficking, legal, law enforcement, media, child protection, migration, prevention of HIV and sex trafficking, technology and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) from the US Embassy.


UN Women

Call for Proposals to conduct an Action Research on Recognising, Reducing and Redistributing Women's Unpaid Work in India

UN Women has advertised a Call for Proposals to conduct an Action Research on Recognising, Reducing and Redistributing Women's Unpaid Work in India- to be completed within a period of 18 months.

The last date for submission of proposals is 14 August 2015.

Non-profit organisations/institutions in India are eligible to apply.

Necessary details, including specifications of the technical and financial proposals to be submitted are available on the following link: Please share the link widely among your networks and encourage partner organisations to apply.

Write to in case of queries or clarifications.


The Justice Project Seminar

AAKAR in association with Peoples SAARC and South Asia University cordially invites you to " The Justice Project" Seminar.

  • Date: 5 August - 6 August
  • Venue: Lecture Room 2, India International Center (Annexe) 40, Max Müller Marg, New Delhi, India 110003
Keynote Speaker: Veena Das

Registration is required to attend the Seminar. To register please follow the link.

  • email:
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    PII-ICRC Awards 2015

    Annual Awards 2015 for Best Article and Photograph

    Deadline - 15 September 2015

    Greetings from the New Delhi office of International Committee of the Red Cross!

    We are glad to share the announcement of the next edition of The Press Institute of India (PII) - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Annual Awards for Best Article and Photograph on a Humanitarian

    The theme this year is - Reporting on the Fate of Victims of Natural/Man-Made Disasters

    The deadline for entries for both articles and photographs is 15th September 2015

    We look forward to see your participation and request you to share the announcement with your colleagues and friends in media.

    PII-ICRC Awards poster 2015.pdf

    For more info:
    Ashirbad Snehdip Raha
    Communications Officer
    Communications, Research and Public Affairs Department
    International Committee of the Red Cross
    Regional Delegation for India, Bhutan and Maldives
    C-6/6, Safdarjung Development Area New Delhi 110 016
    Telephone: +91 11 4221 1000 Cellphone: + 91 98 1115 8336


    UN Women Training Centre

    Course Announcement

    Why We Care about Care: An online moderated course on Care Economy

    • Dates: 14 September - 15 November
    • Duration: 8 weeks
    • Language: English and Spanish
    • Cost: USD 800 (scholarships are available)

    Moderators: Dr. Amaia Pérez Orozco and Dr. Alba Artiaga Leiras

    This course aims to provide a global perspective on care, care work, and care economy. It will enhance awareness, knowledge and understanding on the critical place care work occupies in development, while simultaneously providing skills and tools for analyzing and identifying types of interventions and policies for a fair and equal social organization of care to advance human development, gender equality and women's empowerment.

    Registration deadline: Wednesday, 29 July 2015


    Women Deliver's fourth global conference

    Media Scholarships

    Women Deliver's fourth global conference will take place on 16-19 May 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is expected to draw more than 5,000 policymakers, researchers and advocates dedicated to improving the health and well-being of girls and women. Media participation at the Women Deliver conference provides journalists with opportunities to interact with high-level attendees and cover research findings presented by key authorities in the field. Scholarship recipients will have access to all on-site media activities, including a press workroom, media forum and daily press conferences, and all conference press materials.

    A media scholarship will include:

    • Conference registration
    • Roundtrip economy class airline travel between your home airport and Copenhagen, Denmark, which will be arranged by Women Deliver's travel provider
    • Reimbursement of the fees to acquire a new visa as required to enter Denmark (In order to obtain reimbursement, you will be required to present a receipt at the conference. Women Deliver will not pay any fees associated with obtaining new passports or renewing expired passports.)
    • $50 for ground transportation to and from the airport within your home country and round trip ground transportation between the Copenhagen airport and your hotel (arrangements will be made by Women Deliver and will require the use of mass transportation)
    • Overnight accommodations at a hotel selected by Women Deliver in Copenhagen for the duration of the conference
    • $50 per diem, per night stayed at the hotel to attend the conference (per diems will not include any extended stays)

    Please note that a passport and visa may be needed to enter Denmark. Women Deliver will cover the costs of obtaining the visa and provide supporting documentation, if needed.


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