Facility for International Cooperation for
Inclusive & Sustainable Industrial Development

FIC-ISID in Brief

We work to facilitate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in India


WHO WE ARE & OBJECTIVES


Facility for International Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Government of India, jointly launched the Facility for International Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (FIC-ISID) in April 2021.

Our objective is to initiate, direct and support the inclusive and sustainable transformation of policy and practice for industrial development in India, particularly for the manufacturing and allied sectors. We do this by disseminating knowledge, facilitate focused learning, developing projects and facilitating strategic partnerships.

These efforts are aimed at supporting India’s achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 9 (SDG9), in particular to increase manufacturing added value (MVA) as a proportion of GDP and per capita.

The inclusive and sustainable transformation of manufacturing and industry will be knowledge- and data-driven and manifest itself through adoption of improved management practices and techniques by manufacturing firms that increase economic competitiveness (e.g. improved productivity, trade performance, innovation, etc.), better safeguard the environment (e.g. energy, water and materials conserved and waste, effluents and emissions avoided) and more equitably share the created wealth from manufacturing (through better conditions of employment and improved occupational and community health and safety).

To this end, we collect, customize and amass ISID knowledge, methods, practices, techniques and policies and support their practical application in India and possibly elsewhere, with India.

APPROACH


We support inclusive and sustainable transformation of policy and practice for industrial development in India through two interrelated functions:

KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING

Improving knowledge, awareness and understanding on inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Initiating, developing and supporting projects and partnerships to meet the needs and requirements of the Indian manufacturing sector.



KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING

We engage with relevant line ministries, states, districts, industry associations and civil society to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development. We do this by contributing to their initiatives and events, and conducting high-level dialogues on issues pertaining to inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

In addition, we’ve also developed a comprehensive knowledge and e-learning platform on inclusive and sustainable industrial development in India, which provides training and capacity building programmes to key stakeholders.

PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS

We work to initiate, develop and support technical cooperation projects and partnerships focusing on different sectors, topics and regions. These projects are tailored programmes to meet the needs and requirements of the Indian manufacturing sector across UNIDO’s three thematic priorities of creating shared prosperity, advancing economic competitiveness, and safeguarding the environment.

The projects' portfolio includes DPIIT-funded projects as well as other projects funded by other entities of the Government of India. We contribute to achieving synergies between projects initiated under FIC-ISID as well as other UNIDO projects in India for greater impact.

INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT

Industrialization drives economic growth, creates job opportunities and thereby reduces poverty. However, it is important to consider that the full potential of industrialization can only be realized when industry's environmental footprint is minimized and the creation of decent jobs and incomes and livelihoods for all that contribute to or are affected by industry is supported.

Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development can be conceptualized as establishment of a thriving manufacturing sector that works for markets, the environment and climate as well as for people and communities.

The three facets of inclusive and sustainable industrial development are:

  1. Economic:
    Manufacturing firms are able to access and effectively cater to demand from diverse markets.
  2. Environmental:
    Industrial activities are decoupled from excessive natural resource use and negative environmental impacts
  3. Social:
    Equal opportunities and an equitable distribution of the benefits of industrialization to all stakeholders.

The concept of inclusive and sustainable industrial development has been recognised as a core part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation, but is also inextricably linked to other SDGs related to water, energy, employment and economy, cities, environment and climate, and partnerships and governances (included under SDGs 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17).
Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) is the mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The organization's programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: (i.) Creating shared prosperity; (ii) Advancing economic competitiveness; (iii) Safeguarding the environment; and (iv) Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

The concept of ISID is very much aligned with the strategic priorities of the Government of India. Policies, missions and initiatives of the Government of India, such as Make in India, Skill India, Smart Cities, Swachh Bharat (Clean India Mission), Start-up India and Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India), among many others, represent the need for establishing a dynamic manufacturing sector that contribute to economic growth, generate employment and preserve the environment, by providing an enabling ecosystem that makes industries more competitive and innovative.

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AREAS OF WORK



  • Business resilience: Toolkits for MSMEs to overcome disruptions in business and future-proof operations
  • Sector-specific competitiveness: Technology transfer and capacity building for productivity enhancement and innovation in specific sectors.
  • Environmental sustainability / Energy and environment: Adoption of resource efficiency and cleaner production technologies.
  • Industrial policy frameworks: Inputs to policy frameworks and supportive ecosystems.
  • Partnerships: Engagements and dialogue with government, private sector, technical and civil society stakeholders.
  • South-South Cooperation: Transfer: facilitating transfer and adoption of ISID solutions from India to other developing countries.