The UK Government has announced it will stop giving bilateral aid to India. Does a country with a booming economy and its own space programme, still need our support?
In September 2014, images from Mars were beamed millions of miles across space, not from an American or Russian satellite, but from an Indian space probe. This has caused many to question whether a nation that can spend $74m on a satellite, should still receive development aid. We asked Kennedy Dhanabalan, head of our longstanding Indian partner Eficor, if it's time for India to go it alone ...
There is clearly a great deal of rapid development in India which you can see when they send rockets to Mars, and when you spot the Indian names among the world's richest people. Despite the 'global' recession hitting in 2008, wealth in India is to have grown from $2,000 per adult to $5,500 between 2000 and 2012.
There is also a growing gap between the richest and the poorest. While India is experiencing huge economic growth, its prosperity is restricted to better educated people with higher social status and people who live in urban centres like New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Called to be salt and light
In rural India, just three in ten people have access to clean water – that's just 91 million people out of a total population of 1.2 billion. And almost two-thirds of the population don't have access to adequate sanitation. The World Bank estimates that unsafe drinking water causes 21 per cent of all diseases in India.