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The paper highlights Gujarat's development performance vis-a-vis other Indian states in the following focus areas: Education, Health, Nutrition, WASH, Livelihood, Environment and Gender. Apart from examining trends, gaps, assets and intra-state disparities, the paper also provides a glimpse of the solution ecosystem in the state as well as philanthropic funding flows from various quarters including government and CSR.
In contrast to the rest of India, where it is the government that predominantly owns and manages ports, the Indian state of Gujarat has implemented various forms of port liberalization since the 1990s. This has helped it become the country's fastest growing state. Gujarat's economy has grown at an average of 10.14 percent per year from fiscal year 2001 to fiscal year 2006, the last five years for which data are available. This is comparable with China's average growth rate since 1978, and is distinctly faster than the growth of the other Asian tigers in the 15 years before the Asian financial crisis of 1997. Gujarat has broken new ground with different forms of privatization, ranging from private provision of port services to completely private ownership of new ports. The process started in the 1980s and gathered momentum rapidly after the central government in New Delhi enacted major economic reforms in the early 1990s. Gujarat has taken advantage of a constitutional loophole to convert its minor ports into some of the biggest ports in the country, vastly improved the availability and efficiency of port infrastructure, and facilitated the development of industrial centers that otherwise would not have existed. Gujarat's port liberalization, along with its status as one of the economically freest states in India, should serve as a model for the rest of India and other developing countries, which can also benefit from the dynamic gains of port privatization.
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The project "Clean Cotton Without Child Labour and Exploitation (CCWCLE) is carried out by two partner organisations of tdh, Anandi (Area Networking and Development Initiatives) and Ganatar. The project was implemented from September 2011 to December 2014 and is now into the second period that started in February 2015. Activities are carried out in 25 villages in 2 districts of Gujarat, one of India's main cotton producing regions. The project CCWCLE focuses on the improvement of the education of migrant children living and working on the cotton farms with the objective to get them out of the child labour cycle. The key goal of the project is to reduce child labour, to promote the well-being of women, adolescent girls and children, and to reduce the use of harmful chemical substances. Project interventions focus on health (maternal health and reproductive health), education (bridge farm schools and school enrolment) and the introduction of organic agriculture to reduce the use of chemicals in agricultural production. Activities are carried out in close cooperation with local and district government structures.Objectives and methodology of the evaluationThe main purpose of the evaluation is to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness (achievement of results and impact), and sustainability of the project for the activities that have been undertaken during the whole period of support. The evaluation shall provide recommendations about maintaining past gains and improving the quality of programming and implementing. Data collection in the field was conducted from 14 to 24 July 2015 using participatory methods. Focus group discussions were held with children from migrant families and their parents, teachers, women's groups and various government stakeholders.