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Target 3 Billion: Innovative Solutions Towards Sustainable Development

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Target 3 Billion: Innovative Solutions Towards Sustainable Development is an amazing read about how we can make this world a better place. This is a book by the visionaries APJ Abdul Kalam and Srijan Pal Singh, and it explains how India can eradicate poverty.Summary of the BookNearly 40 per cent of the population of the world, (about 3 billion) lives below the poverty line ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published 2011 by Penguin Books India
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Dec 20, 2012 Sheokhanda rated it liked it
Shelves: economics
The book talks about PURA ie Providing Urban amenities in Rural Area. It talks about various social entrepreneurs who took a challenge or a task to transform their respective villages and societies. Dr Kalam along with Mr Srijan Pal Singh provides the readers with various steps which could be taken to eradicate poverty in the world by using PURA as a tool for development.

The book starts with taking about the other human kind which has no access to good life and lack basic amenities like portable
Sidharth Vardhan
With all the due respect to the great person who authored the book, I didn't enjoy reading it at all.

The book make a large collection of cases cherry picked to suit its argument. It is full of stats and diagrams about those stats and chapters which are written as if in answer to questions from an Economics exam. In fact, you have studied Economics in college, you would know this book is so much duller than the 'Indian Economy'.

PURA or Providing Urban amenities to Rural Areas is not a new concep
Dennis Dason
Aug 14, 2014 Dennis Dason rated it really liked it
Good independence week read....
Maqsood Ansari
Sep 19, 2015 Maqsood Ansari rated it it was amazing
You will never get full insight of rural people(3 Billion) unless you have read this book. This book will transform our thinking about PURA(Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) and it's realization.
I must say, it's one of amazing book compiled by Srijan.
Castro Thangarasu
Sep 22, 2014 Castro Thangarasu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: socio-political
A visionary's views about strength we are having to help BPL and multidimensional views about different sectors.
Aditi Gupta
amazing book.. every1 must read it.. especially last 3 chapters! and a must keep book in your shelf
Manu Bhat
Dec 07, 2015 Manu Bhat rated it really liked it
An excellent treatment of PURA.
Maulik Shah
Apr 20, 2016 Maulik Shah rated it really liked it
India is very much fortunate for having this great visionary man ! This book explains his vision in a planned approach for rural development. The book specifies PURA in a comprehensive manner and it can be a source of inspiration for youth to empower poor rural regions. The book covers each aspect of PURA planning,execution and monitoring processes , while clearly defining roles and responsibilities of each entity. Overall it's a great book and deserves a place in collection of enthusiastic youn ...more
Shahnawaz Haque
Mar 01, 2016 Shahnawaz Haque rated it it was amazing
After reading this book you will come to know how innovative solutions are already being used in rural India since 4-5 decades.Its a must have book for modern entrepreneurs who are targeting urban population only.
The book covers various areas and how people can be empowered in creating values,
Adarsh SB
Aug 10, 2014 Adarsh SB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say it sets a Vision for the Future. One important thing i noticed is though the book is focused on existing problems but the proposed solutions are of the future the world will be embracing. I see synchronization between solutions suggested in Target 3 Billion and the latest developments happening in policy domain at International level. For example the book talks about Sustainability and it was written in 2011, however now i can see the whole world is moving towards Sustainable developm ...more
Arjun Raj
Mar 06, 2016 Arjun Raj rated it liked it
The book is rich in terms of analogies and successful examples of rural upliftment efforts done by different players through entrepreneurial activities. Through these case the concept of PURA, an environment that helps in bringing employment by best use of local resources and eventually developing the standard of living. Thus Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA). The only issue was it lacked crispness in writing.
Aug 18, 2013 Chandan rated it liked it
A good book for aspiring changemakers. The approach seems a little simplistic, but the book does a good job of laying out a model for change. The case studies are interesting and informative.
Dilip Palsaniya
Aug 17, 2012 Dilip Palsaniya rated it really liked it
This is a winderful book.
Gives you lot of examples where through collective effort of communities the aim of sustainable development is achieved.
A must read for social entrepreneurs.
Jasan Mathews
Hard to follow, a lot of calculations and mathematics.
Liked the ideas.
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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (Tamil: அவுல பகீர ஜைனுலாபதீன அபதுல கலாம) usually referred to as A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, was one of India's most distinguished scientists. He was an Aerospace engineer, professor, and chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. During his term as President, he was popularly ...more
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