2013 has been a momentous year for CUTS, first is the celebration of 30 years of its existence. Our history is captured in a document: Walk the Talk (https://cuts-international.org/PDF/A_Brief_History_of_CUTS.pdf) and a film: 30 years of Social Change ( www.youtube.com/embed/rSXe134sHs4), and our desired future path is captured in a Vision Document: CUTS@50 (https://cuts-international.org/PDF/CUTS@50-A_VISION_DOCUMENT.pdf).
Foundations for our own Campus
Recognising CUTS contribution to economic policy discourse in India and internationally, particularly in various parts of the developing world, in 2013, the State Government of Rajasthan allocated a 5,000 Sq. Mt. area of land at a concessional rate to CUTS to build its own campus. It is being replenished by small donations by CUTS staff, donors and Friends of CUTS all over the world, and thus, creating a better ownership for the CUTS Campus. This campus will house all head office staff and those of three Programme Centres based in Jaipur. It will also house the CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition.
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A Credible Southern Voice on the High Level Panel on Defining the Future of Trade
The Panel on ‘Defining the Future of Trade’ constituted by Pascal Lamy, WTO Director General in December 2013, released its Report entitled ‘The Future of Trade: The Challenges of Convergence (www.wto.org/english/)’, which examined and analysed challenges faced by global trading system in 21st century. CUTS, represented by its Secretary General Pradeep S Mehta, was a credible pro-trade, pro-equity Southern NGO voice on this panel that contributed to its richness. CUTS submitted a Discussion Paper to this Panel which can be accessed at: www.cuts-international.org/PDF/Defining_the_Future_of_Trade.pdf
CLIMATE, FOOD, TRADE: Improving Policy Coherence in East Africa
Climate change is affecting the lives of people around the world in an unprecedented manner. Our project entitled, “Promoting Agriculture-Climate-Trade linkages in the EAC” (PACT EAC), supported by SIDA, has strived to help East African stakeholders better understand and address the need for coherent policies at the interplay between climate, food and trade issues. In 2013, an impact evaluation revealed that the project has already influenced a number of policy responses with linkages aspects now being reflected in the draft Kenya Environmental Policy, the new draft Agricultural Policy of Tanzania, and a potential review of the genetically modified organism (GMO) policy at the Vice Presidents’ Office in Tanzania. www.cuts-geneva.org/pacteac
Amongst the Top Think-Tanks in Zambia
CUTS International Lusaka was identified by Zambia Economic Advocacy Programme (ZEAP), a Department for International Development (DFID), UK run programme as one of the five top Think-Tanks in Zambia, using evidence-based policy advocacy on trade and economic issues. This has yielded support in the areas of capacity building and research on economic policy for CUTS International Lusaka. Going forward, this will strengthen our ability to conduct evidence-based policy advocacy and facilitate positive changes in Zambia.
Enhancing Knowledge, Strengthening Capacity
The flagship course of CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition in association with National Law University New Delhi (NLUD), diploma and certificate course in ‘Competition Policy & Law’ has been a popular course choice among the students. The first convocation for the said course was held on December 21, 2013 at NLUD Campus. Another pioneering initiative of CIRC was to launch online courses on ‘Competition Act, 2002’and ‘Law and Practice of PPPs in India’ for inter-disciplinary professionals and students. These courses aim to strengthen executive education in the areas of Competition Policy and Law, Regulatory issues with facilitating classroom free, self-paced and interactive learning environment. www.circ.in
Improved Child Protection in Chittorgarh District of Rajasthan, India
CUTS Centre for Human Development is implementing a project for excluded children and their rights in Chittorgarh block of Rajasthan with the support of Save the Children (India). CHD has been successful in forming and orienting child protection committees (CPCs) at the Gram Panchayat level (288 gram panchayats), Block level (11 blocks) and up to the District level under Integrated Child Protection Scheme of the Department of Women & Child Development, Government of Rajasthan. The Centre has been nominated as resource agency to facilitate and provide technical support in the formation, capacity building and monitoring of CPCs. CUTS CHD also published a monograph entitled ‘Stronger Voice to the Excluded Children: Stories we have lived and learned about child rights development’ capturing all these achievements. https://cuts-chd.org/stronger-voice-to-excluded-children-in-government-ngo-policies-and-programmes-ipap/