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Issue. 17
The New Development Bank: Identifying Strategic and Operational Priorities
27 August 2015
This Brief summarises the most important ideas shared in an intra-BRICS Experts Workshop held in June 2015 to identify priorities for the New Development Bank. Established at the 2014 BRICS Summit, the NDB will mainstream financing for sustainable development.
Issue. 16
The Paris Package: Setting the Finance Agenda for Climate Action
Samir Saran and Rathin Roy
17 August 2015
Finance for climate action is like the elephant in the classic story: blind people are feeling it in different parts, losing sight of the whole. Development, climate, and finance experts must now remove their blindfold. In Paris in December this year, the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) should issue a Communiqué on finance that will address the question of how lifeline needs of the poor can be met whilst taking action on climate change. The communiqué must strive to make the ambitions of New York sensitive to the aspirations of New Delhi. This brief recommends a 'Paris Package' that makes funds accessible for both climate action and development.
Issue. 2
Sustainable Development Goals: The Quest for a Post-2015 Agenda
Vivan Sharan and Sunil Suri
14 October 2014
The Observer Research Foundation and Saferworld, UK, with support from the UK Department of International Development, hosted a workshop in New Delhi in August 2014 with the objective of identifying priorities to help secure an inclusive agreement on the SDGs. This Policy Perspective presents a summary of key issues raised by participants from India, China, Brazil, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the African Union.
Issue. 15
Reframing the Climate Debate
Vivan Sharan and Rei Tang
25 June 2014
The Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India and the Stanley Foundation, USA co-hosted an international workshop on climate change on February 25-27, 2014 in New Delhi. The central objective of the workshop was to unbundle the different policy responses resulting from the multilateral negotiations thus far and their impact upon the evolution of existing and future multilateral frameworks. This Policy Brief aims to capture some of the salient perspectives put forward by a diverse group of international stakeholders from government, academia, and the private sector.
Issue. 1
A Roadmap for RIC
Nandan Unnikrishnan, Samir Saran and Uma Purushoth
25 March 2014
Together, Russia, India and China occupy around 50 percent of Asia's landmass. The three countries constitute some of the largest economies in Asia. There are a lot of potential synergies among the three countries, making a compelling case for their collaboration.
Issue. 14
Pushing Imports at the Expense of Domestic Reforms?
Ashish Gupta
06 September 2012
Coal India Ltd. (CIL) has not been able to supply the committed quantity of coal to the powerproducers, forcing them to source coal from other countries. Apart from this, many coal blockswhich should have been in operation by now are yet to come on-stream.
Dash for Gas: Opportunities & Challenges
04 February 2012
Fifty years after the first LNG tanker sailed from Mississippi to UK in 1959 natural gas has finally matured into a global commodity. Gas is no longer limited to being a regional resource or a continental resource.
Issue. 12
Challenges in Solar Power Development in India
10 August 2011
It always comes as a surprise to non-specialist observers that, despite the fact that India has 300 days of sunlighton average, solar power plays an almost insignificant role in the Indian energy mix.
The Need for Enhanced Regional Responses to Terrorism in South Asia
07 January 2010
Geopolitically, South Asia represents a unified security zone, with India in the middle
Issues in Captive Coal Block Development in India
24 July 2009
Given the high global demand for and the ever-rising price of oil and the abundance of comparatively inexpensive coal in their own region, India and China have long been heavily dependent on it as a source of energy to meet the needs of their people, as also for national growth.
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