Innovation Digest for India

Impact stories, useful information, country data and more

India 2018 SDG Index Country Profile

The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards report presents a revised and updated assessment of countries’ distance to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

India’s Digital Services Exports Hit $83 Million, Says New Survey

As much as $83 billion of India’s services exports were delivered digitally in 2016–17, according to the first all-India survey on exports of services delivered remotely over information and communications technology (ICT) networks, such as internet platforms, telephones, and other computer networks.

India and the Sustainable Development Goals: The Way Forward

A series of papers published in 2016 by the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a  New Delhi-based policy research institute, explores the outlook for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda from India’s point of view.

Revolutionising Menstrual Health in Rural India

Arunachalam Muruganantham, a school dropout from a poor family in southern India, has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine they can use to make cheap sanitary pads. Muruganantham’s mission was not just to increase the use of sanitary pads, but also to create jobs for rural women.

India and Singapore Launch Innovation Hub

The governments of India and Singapore have established a 50,000-square feet innovation hub in Singapore that will offer free rental space to selected Indian start-up ventures. This innovation centre will facilitate collaboration between Indian and Singapore enterprises.The goal of this partnership between two Commonwealth countries is to provide much-needed impetus to the growing start-up ecosystem of India, which is expected to be the largest in the world by 2020.

India’s 2017 Voluntary National Review on the SDGs

India submitted its first Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals in 2017 to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The report tracks the progress India has made so far towards each of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets.

e-Marketplace to Improve Procurement Transparency

The aim of this e-Market is to transform the way in which procurement of goods and services is done by government ministries and departments, public sector undertakings and other apex autonomous bodies of the central government.

India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0

A tripartite initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Lockheed Martin and Tata Trusts, this programme enables innovators and entrepreneurs through the stages of ideation, innovation and acceleration. The programme has provided mentoring and handholding assistance to over 400 innovators coming from diverse sectors from across the country, generated over 350 commercial agreements and over $900 Million of economic value for India.

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), including Self-Employment and Talent Utilisation (SETU) is the Government of India’s endeavour to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Its objective is to serve as a platform for the promotion of world-class innovation hubs, grand challenges, start-up enterprises and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology driven areas.

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)

The National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog, is the premier policy think tank of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. While designing strategic and long term policies and programmes for the Government of India, NITI Aayog also provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and States. At the core of NITI Aayog are two hubs – Team India Hub and the Knowledge and Innovation Hub. The Team India Hub leads the engagement of states with the Central government, while the Knowledge and Innovation Hub builds NITI’s think-tank capabilities.

Joint Trade Review Toolkit for Commonwealth Countries

The Joint Trade Review (JTR) toolkit is an instrument developed by the UK and Indian governments to understand through empirical evidence the existing bilateral trade relationship between two countries, including barriers to trade; where it might be possible to address some of these barriers in the short to medium term and lay the groundwork for a deeper long-term bilateral trade relationship. The enclosed JTR guide gives an idea of how India and the UK developed the process, and will be of use to Commonwealth countries seeking to improve trade relations with each other.

Engineers Cut Pollution by Transforming Exhaust Soot into Ink

A team of Indian engineers is fighting pollution levels by converting up to 90 per cent of soot from diesel generators into ink. They hope to deploy their innovative solution across major cities in India to cut down on air pollution, a large factor in mortality rates.

Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC)

The ITEC Programme is delivered by the Government of India in cooperation with partners such as the Commonwealth Secretariat. Fully funded by the Indian government, under ITEC and its sister programme SCAAP (Special Commonwealth African Assistance Programme), 161 countries in Asia, Africa, East Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean as well as Pacific and Small Island countries are invited to share in training opportunities, consultancy services and feasibility studies.