Building consensus on cross border trade using small boats

The prospects of allowing mechanised boats (20-50 tonne capacity) to navigate across border between Dhubri (India) and Chilmari (Bangladesh) by identifying the potential cargo as well as the socio economic benefits of cross border trade were highlighted by CUTS, and its recommendations were discussed in the 19th Standing Committee on Protocol, following which both were declared as ‘Ports of Call’ in the respective countries. Read More

BBIN Motor Vehicles Pact to be a Game-changer

CUTS and its country partners have been able to reachout to more than 2,100 people in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) and Myanmar sub-region. It has also been able to effectively communicate the livelihood and gender concerns of grassroot stakeholders to policymakers which would help them in making the Motor Vehicles Agreement an inclusive agreement.
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Inspired Climate Talks’ Agriculture Roadmap

CUTS Geneva supported East African countries in drafting of a regional submission to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture. It also proposed a roadmap for the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, which the UNFCCC membership reflected in the outcomes of the Bonn Climate Conference in May 2018.
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Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security

CUTS Nairobi has been working through the Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) to engage key players in the dairy industry to turn the situation around. James Kariithi, Coordinator, Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme, Laikipia County opined that CUTS and V4CP’s partnership has added value to their work by increasing awareness that food security is not only about volume but also about nutrition and safety. Read More


Need to Operate Taxis on Clean Fuel

CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment & Economic Regulation prepared a research report covering cost benefit analysis of select provisions and broad recommendations on potential regulatory alternatives. The report was well received by the media as well as policymakers and a presentation was delivered before the NITI Aayog and Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways. The same was also listed as a valuable resource for the MOVE Global Mobility Summit held at New Delhi in September 2018. Read More

Rolling out Digital Economy 

CUTS Hanoi advocated for the need of promoting Digital Economy in the country, by showcasing the benefits brought forth by digital technologies. The need for optimal regulations was also stressed upon, based on the challenges faced by the digital economy due to sub-optimal regulations. The primary and secondary research conducted for these, yielded a research report entitled 'Enabling a Digital Economy for Inclusive Development in Vietnam' which was released in an international conference in Bangkok in August 2018.  Read More

Prioritising Passage of Competition Law

The Ghanaian Trade Minister and Ghana International Trade Commission acknowledged the relentless efforts of CUTS Ghana in ensuring that Ghana has a functional competition policy and law to guide the conduct of the market and enhance enabling business environment for the private sector. Frank Agyekum, Secretary, Ghana International Trade Commission assured that the government will prioritise the passage of the law in 2019.
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Revisiting 74th Constitutional Amendment Act

The National Conference on ‘25 Years of 74th Constitutional Amendment Act’ organised in association with NITI Aayog not only received appreciation from policymakers but also attracted a lot of attention in leading national and regional dailies. The gaps and challenges in the implementation of 74th Constitutional Amendment Act (CAA) even after 25 years became a topic of discussion and concern in the policy circles. CUTS urged policymakers/stakeholders to assess the Indian urban scenario as the time has come to revisit the 74th CAA. The Act has lacunae and major implementation gaps that need to be addressed in keeping with the times, using principles of democratic decentralisation in true sense and strengthening of governance structure at urban local level. Read More

Disability Matters – Let's Make their Votes Count

CUTS Centre for Human Development received appreciation by District Election Commission, Chittorgarh for effective interventions in the area of electoral registration ⎼ meaningful and high voter turnout with greater participation from persons with disability under Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) Programme launched by the Election Commission of India.
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CUTS and Lusaka City Council Sign an MoU

CUTS Lusaka signed an MoU with the Lusaka City Council to cooperate in raising consumer awareness on the need to move away from mono diets. This is important given that Zambia has the highest levels of malnutrition in Africa. Both the institutions would jointly organise discussions on consumer rights and responsibilities on diet-related issues and share information on programmes, activities and projects of mutual interest.