As the year 2021 has ended, it is time to anticipate the significant events, lessons learnt, and experiences of the previous year. A common thread that runs through our experiences not only at the personal and national but also at the global level is the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the inception of COVID-19 in late 2019 and 2020, the pandemic in 2021 was not a new surprise, and the suffering and loss that it brought were unprecedented.

We, at CUTS International, achieved our pledges against all the probabilities, influenced the policy through evidence-based advocacy, and most importantly, learnt lessons to scale up our work in the future. However, our ways of working have been changed to virtual meetings rather than face-to-face; we advocated and put forth our viewpoints to make this world a better place to live in.

CUTS International is a global public policy think- and action-tank pursuing social justice, economic equality and environmental balance within and across borders by working on trade, regulation and governance.

Addressing Vaccine Inequity in Developing Countries and LDCs

As the world tackles the Omicron variant, the glaring inequities in global vaccine access remain stark. Ramping up global vaccine manufacturing and distribution capacity remains of paramount importance. A year since India proposed a waiver of obligations under the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), there has been negligible progress in expediting and expanding production of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries and LDCs. In this light, we wrote an article titled "Arriving at an equitable response to the pandemic" published by the Economic Times on December 11, 2021. Read more...

Keeping Pace with Trade Developments

Our "Keeping Pace with Trade Developments" initiative has enabled LDC and Smaller Developing Country WTO delegates to better take advantage of international trade for their development. This year, through on-demand analysis and informal regional forums, we helped WTO negotiators from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East better understand the issues and their stakes in current WTO negotiations/debates.

Community Kitchens: An Idea into Reality

Our initiative has provided sustainable self-employment to 15 persons with disabilities who served 245,000 meals in Chittorgarh under Community Kitchen Programme, ‘Indira Rasoi’. The Government of Rajasthan honoured our best community kitchen service and gave a Certificate of Appreciation and memento to the organisation. 

Waterways to Boost India-Bangladesh Ties

Through a series of multi-stakeholder dialogues and webinars, CUTS built consensus and secured stakeholder buy-in for inclusive cross-border trade and tourism in the transboundary waterways between India and Bangladesh. 

Reflections on Sustainable Consumption and Production

CUTS study on 'Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG12): A Consumer Perspective' helped streamline existing policies and established the need for dedicated efforts to support SCP from a consumer perspective to achieve the targets by 2030. Arif Muhammad Khan, Governor of Kerala, released it at Raj Bhavan, Kerala.

EV-olution in India: A Series of Podcasts 

CUTS International, along with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) had some interesting and insightful discussions with key stakeholders from the EV Ecosystem and released it in the form of a series of podcasts. Read more...

Tackling Plastic Waste Pollution

Through dialogue and engagement with the government and all stakeholders, CUTS Accra proposed a review of the sanitation laws in the country. Key among the proposal is a ban on the use of single-use plastics, which is under consideration by the Government of Ghana.

Importance of Cyber Security for E-Businesses

The increasing adoption of digital technologies has helped businesses, especially Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), improve their processes, access newer markets, and expose them to increased cyber threats. In this context, the organisation has successfully created cyber security risk awareness among MSMEs.

Nutrition Tips to Improve Diets

Under the Green Action Week programme, the organisation successfully hosted a kitchen demo at Rhodes Park School, Zambia. A recipe booklet was developed to showcase the importance of nutritious meals to improve diets. 



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