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April 16, 2015

New Delhi: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) today held an international dialogue on the emerging role of women entrepreneurs in promoting clean energy at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The two-day dialogue called the ‘wPOWER Global Partnership Forum’ was opened jointly by Varsha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and John Beed, Mission Director, USAID/India.

The forum brought together grassroots women entrepreneurs in clean energy known as Sakhis (friends) from Maharashtra and Bihar, trained under the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Clean Energy (wPOWER) program. The USAID-financed SSP-implemented project is training over 1,000 rural women in entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, and servicing of clean energy products and reaching over 200,000 households in the country.

At the forum, rural women entrepreneurs took to the stage to share their experiences on how the program has unlocked economic growth opportunities in the clean energy business.  

January 20, 2015

IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative (IL&FS Clusters) launched the India-Kenya Dairy Innovation Bridge Program (IKDIBP) on Friday, the 16th of January. The program is jointly funded by USAID India and IL&FS Clusters. Heifer International, Kenya is the technical partner and will work with IL&FS Clusters in implementing the program in Kenya.

January 13, 2015

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the Swachh Bharat Clean India Mission, launched by the Government of India on October 2, 2014.

January 5, 2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) to jointly work on the deployment and financing of off-grid renewable energy projects. As part of this initiative, USAID will help design and implement a state level off-grid fund, and support CREDA in the development and implementation of pilot programs including smaller micro-grids (localized and decentralized electricity grids) for irrigation and other energy use.

November 29, 2014

The United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced support to a public-private partnership in India for “Girl Rising,” a global campaign to promote girls’ education. USAID previously announced $3 million to support the program worldwide.

November 25, 2014

Millennium Alliance partners including the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) jointly with the Technology Development Board (Department of Science and Technology, Government of India), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), ICCO Cooperation, ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth and the Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Health (WISH), today participated in an awards ceremony to celebrate the winners of the Alliance’s second annual development innovation challenge.

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