# India is the second most populated Country rank in the whole world. The Indian economy is increasing at a rapid rate and so is the birth rate!! Despite an impressive GDP growth rates of 7.6 per cent, the incidence of poverty in India is severe andin villages, one in three households in poverty; over a fifth SC/STs. A total of 43.42 million farmer households constituting 48.6 per cent are reported to be indebted to either formal or informal or both sources of credit. The poorest and most vulnerable people in the country are the most affected by climate change and its impact.

The countryranks low in the Human Development Index even though the country is classified as a medium human development country. As per Human Development Report 2015, "India's HDI value for 2014 is 0.609, which puts the country in the medium human development category, positioning it at 130 out of 188 countries and territories. In the country more than 600 million people depend of agriculture, faces lot hardships. While India struggles with food insecurity and malnourishment, radical reforms are needed for the improvement in agriculture sector.

The “Global Nutrition Report 2016” reveals India’s slow overall progress in addressing chronic malnutrition, manifest in stunting (low weight for age), with wasting (low weight for height) and micronutrient deficiencies. In a ranking of countries from lowest to highest on stunting, India ranks 114 out of 132 countries, with the incidence of stunting at 38.7 percent. On wasting, the country ranks 120 out of 130 countries, at 15.1per cent. On prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age, India ranks 170 out of 185 countries at 48.1 per cent

In the midst of great challenges there are also great promises for positive changes. Thus 2016 has been a big year for international agreements on development. New Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets were agreed. The Paris Agreement(COP 21), the strongest statement for some time on climate change action, was signed. On September 25th 2015, 193 UN Member states adopted a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. But if the aspirations are to be fulfilled, hard work is needed and it should benefit most the poorest people in the world. For the goals to be reached there is a need for concerted efforts from all the stakeholders: governments, the private sector, civil society and each individual.

In 2005 JKS was awarded the BEST NGO at the national level for successfully implementing the Community Eye Health Care program, by the Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

In order to ensure care, protection and rights of children and build an enabling environment for their holistic growth and development, JKS has a mandate to ensure child rights, hence child protection policy and code of conduct was developed and effectively implemented within the organization. With the support from BMZ, Germany a series of three workshops dealing with the “Development and implementation of institutional Child Safeguarding Policies as well as networking with local Child Protection Systems” is being implemented with Kindernothilfe (KNH) as lead organization, together with Karl Kübel Stiftung (KKS), ChildFund Germany and Terre des Homes (TdH) Germany and KKID- Coimbatore, from 2015-2017.

Human Resource and Financial Policy Manual was prepared and introduced within the organization as a part of building appropriate policies and systems. JKS has adopted appropriate strategies, monitoring systems and processes to achieve sustainability, scalability and continuity in all its development initiatives that are people centred, environment friendly, socially inclusive and gender equitable. Moreover, to be meaningful and relevant, a right based approach to development has been adopted in all its initiatives with the mandate to carve a definite niche in the development sector with the agenda of empowering people for sustainable development.

MV Varghese
Secretary – JKS