The BJP in Madhya Pradesh announced a slew of measures for the poor and the youth as it unveiled its manifesto for the November 25 Assembly elections, including giving smartphone to students, laptops for meritorious ones, besides benefits to five lakh youngsters under self-employment schemes.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) releases Election manifesto 2013 for Rajasthan polls. Releasing the 60-page ‘Suraj Sankalp Patra’, BJP President Rajnath Singh said people had lost faith in political manifestos released by other parties and hence his party had named it differently.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promised to reduce electricity charges by 30 percent in a manifesto for the December 04 Delhi Assembly Elections.

The manifesto released by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the upcoming Delhi Assembly Elections 2013 can be seen as a populist one as it offers everything on the platter, ranging from free water, electricity and healthcare at lower prices to sanitation facilities, subsidies on solar power production and an innovative decentralisation plan in the f

E3G, have published a report Understanding Climate Diplomacy – Building diplomatic capacity and systems to avoid dangerous climate change, with CDKN support. The report defines climate diplomacy as encompassing a rich understanding of how to shape the national interest debate, through engaging new constituencies that can leverage change.

The Global Gender Gap Report, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world.

Since 2008, when rapid increases in the prices for major grains helped to trigger outbreaks of civil unrest in more than 40 countries, scholars and policymakers have paid increased attention to the potential influence of global food prices on social and political instability.

This paper by Heinrich Boll Foundation articulates concrete proposals and puts forward ideas for devising smarter strategies that make engagement by civil society in international climate policy more effective.

Climate change has been on the global agenda for over 20 years, but international co-operation has shown mixed results. The collapse of negotiations at Copenhagen contributed to disillusionment in civil society and signaled a gradual retreat from engagement in international climate policy processes.

The US climate movement has failed to create the political support needed to pass significant climate policy. It is time to reassess climate advocacy. To develop a strategy for philanthropy to strengthen climate engagement, I interviewed over 40 climate advocates,more than a dozen representatives from the foundation community, and a dozen academics. My assessment led me to conclude that climate advocates have focused too narrowly on specific policy goals and insufficiently on influencing the larger political landscape.

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