I’m delighted to welcome you to “The International Conference on “Advancement In Rural Development, Social Dynamics & Welfare” at Hyderabad, (Telangana State, India) during 04-05th December 2019”, that will focus on niche initiatives concerning “Enhancing Rural Innovation Today for a Better Tomorrow”.
"We have the tools to answer the questions posed by climate change, environmental pressure, poverty and inequality. They lie in the great agreements of 2015 – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. But tools are no use if you don’t use them. So, today, and every day, my appeal is clear and simple. We need action, ambition and political will. More action, more ambition & more political will." – H.E. António Guterres (United Nations Secretary- General)
A perspective of India’s Rural Development challenges would perhaps best begin from a bird’s eye view. Relative to the often dire expectations expressed at its birth, India has been successful, and increasingly so. India has maintained electoral democracy, not only holding free and fair elections for the nation’s government, but now over 3 million people hold elective office in its local governments. The spectre of famines has been banished, absolute poverty cut by more than half, illiteracy dramatically reduced, health conditions vastly improved. India has become, in purchasing power parity terms, the fourth largest economy in the world. India’s economic growth since 1980 has been among the most rapid—and India managed its one incipient crisis in the early 1990s and avoided the catastrophic losses elsewhere. While many feared that exposing India’s economy to global competition would reveal India’s economic weakness, it has rather revealed strengths (often unexpected strengths in new areas no planner would have dreamed of). India is increasingly taking its place on the global stage and in international forums as a 21st century superpower. The generations of politicians and policy makers who have been part of leading India to where it is today can be justifiably proud of the transformation. But achievements create new challenges, and this initiative focuses on two of those: improving service delivery, particularly to the poor, through greater accountability and expanding the benefits of rapid growth—across sectors and regions.
Further, in the current era of quest towards sustainable development, there remains a clear divide between urban & rural areas, more notably in terms of access & quality with reference to transformative progress, and the multi-bilateral donors, governments, think-tank, NGOs & academia are exploring the potential to be more in tune with global conversations/partnerships than ever before, to clearly identify the full spectrum of innovation & implementation opportunities for farming, rural areas and outline the policy mechanisms that can deliver them. Therefore, this niche conference seeks to host & deliberate with the goal of empowering rural areas to meet the wide range of challenges and opportunities that face them in the 21st century: economic, infrastructural, social & also more importantly environmental & climate-related; The thematic strands focus towards a strong results-oriented, agenda, in keeping with the philosophy of the “New Rural Paradigm” that the Indian Government & the State Government of Telangana is impinging towards as part of its Vision & Strategic Approach to Development.
In summary, with a purview that the future Rural Development programmes should remain bottom-up in nature, realizing the principle of engaging directly with rural communities, as well embarking on a trajectory from an economic, social, environmental and community point of view towards achieving the “Sustainable Development Goals 2030”, this conference seeks to position itself as a “South-Asian” perspective, to address problems of global vs regional rural initiatives and deliberate on building collaborative solutions to these problems, by harnessing on partnerships & dialogue; In capacity of the-Conference-Chair, I sincerely believe that we the perfect in place to take stock of developmental prospects, analyze & develop a common vision for the future towards building sustainable agriculture & rural communities within Indian region, in the context of SDG-2030 in collaboration with Elected Representatives, Multi-Bilateral Donors, National/State Governments, NGOs/CSOs, Think-Tanks & Academia..
With this prelude & note I sincerely extend this opportunity to all Government organizations, Corporate Entities, Think-Tanks, Multi-Bilateral Donors, NGOs/CSOs & Academia, to collaborate in the various strands of professional engagement & also, welcome all committee members, various stakeholders, technical-experts & delegates representing the various geographies, to make this Industry / sector specific conference a great success & a remarkable event for beginning of new defined initiatives.
Prof. Anuradha PalanichamyConference Chairperson
Ms. Anuradha S. Palanichamy is a Public Sector Governance Specialist possessing immense international experience for over 17 years, primarily focusing on “Delivery of Improved Services in Administration and Governance” globally. She has extensively dealt with “Results Based Management (RBM)” at the Office of Management-United Nations Secretariat, World Bank & regional bi-lateral agencies on large global developmental programmes, where she has led reform oriented approaches to measure & analyze public sector governance, helping countries formulate action programs for improving effectiveness in service delivery and performance management. She is also the founding Chairperson & Managing Trustee of “Metamorphosis Group”, – A Philanthrophy driven development foundation focussing on delivering innovative services towards effective SDG implementation. She has also served as a faculty & “Dean of Executive Education, Capacity Building & International Collaborations at the Jindal School of Government & Public Policy”. As a Programme Manager supported under the aegis of DFID, UK, her prime responsibility was management of an expert team of Managers to support sectoral reforms through strategic review, policy analysis, implementation of action plans, and advice on Strategy & Performance improvement spread over a large domain of cross-cutting sectors.
★ Community based rural development
★ Economic and social aspect of rural development
★ Livestock and Fisheries
★ Forests and Forestry
★ Productive uses of energy for rural development
★ Rural education and healthcare
★ Rural finance
★ Rural transport and water supply
★ Role of Agriculture in Rural Development
★ Technology and innovation in sanitation and rural hygiene
★ Biodiversity and climatic changes
★ Irrigation and Drainage
★ Gender equality and women empowerment
★ Key Drivers of Rural Change
★ Science and Technology for rural development
★ Contribution of Rural Areas in Indian Economy
★ Rural start-up initiatives
★ Contribution of Rural Areas in Indian Economy
★ Practices that can be applied to improving quality of life in rural areas
★ Academic institutions
★ Research organisations
★ Government officials and agencies
★ Public policy advocates
★ Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
★ Corporate representatives
★ Elected public representatives
★ Local community leaders
★ Community development professionals
★ Development practitioners
★ Government officials
★ Project managers
★ Program coordinators
★ Development Consultants