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UNICEF in India

Contrasts and challenges

Commitments and responsibilities



History of UNICEF in India


Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development


  • India has played a major role in the Child Survival Partnership involving six partner countries, five development partners, five UN agencies, academic institutions and NGOs.
  • India has also played a leadership role in the recently launched Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Joint Programmes

  • UNICEF has been an active partner in two joint programmes. The first, CHARCA (HIV/AIDS), covers six districts in six states. This is a dynamic partnership between the GOI, UNFPA, UNDP, UNODC, UNESCO, ILO, UNIFEM, UNODC, WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, and NGOs.
  • The second, an education programme in nine states called Janshala, formally concluded in 2004. GOI has adopted key strategies in its own national education plans (the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan).

UNICEF Partnerships

  • UNICEF works in close collaboration with the GOI and the state governments. UNICEF has relationships with nearly 60 partners across all sectors, generating over $6 million in funding.
  • UNICEF is in the process of developing a major strategic partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID) India, focusing on improving the delivery and quality of services in disadvantaged states. Another major focus is on scaling up programmes, and on bringing best practices into national policy and development programmes. The partnerships build on UNICEF’s comparative advantage in terms of presence on the ground through its 13 state offices, its focus on children, its convening power, close partnership and trust with government and other partners, and its extensive implementation experience. DFID’s development mandate and its shared commitment to attaining the MDGs lend strength to the emerging partnership.
  • A recent development has been the signing of an MOU on support to HIV/AIDS between UNICEF and the Indian Olympic Association on 13 October 2005 in New Delhi.



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