Podcast: Conversation on the challenges women business owners face when interacting with suppliers, financiers, and other stakeholders in their ecosystems.
The bulge in the population pyramid in the age groups 15 to 35 years is the ‘demographic dividend’. While most countries are aging and have very low birth rates, India’s population will continue to grow for a decade more. However, the advantage of having a young population will not be an advantage if the education system fails us.
Concept of human capital captures years of formal general-technical education which are sufficient to measure the skill level of the wage worker. The skill sets required by majority of informal self-employed workers running small business are not captured by this measure. As the latter constitute a vast majority of worker the concept of human capital needs re-thinking.
The PhD student of today is so blessed, little does she know it. I started work on my PhD in Economics more than three decades ago. During this period I had the most interesting ‘close encounters of the statistical kind’ with data and statisticians of the National Sample Survey Office in Kolkata. This association with the National Statistical Office (NSO) and officers continues till today.
Whether you take the social norms framework, statistical framework, the political framework or the judicial framework the question is: How to design policy to improve women’s work participation in India? Social norms remains a major factor to contend with no matter which framework is used to design policies.
Our wait is finally over. Our book in-the-making for many years is published. It is available on the site of the publisher, Orient Blackswan and on Amazon in most countries, We examine what motivates women in India to operate enterprises ranging from small and medium to large enterprises?
Arun Maira, Author and Thought Leader, Former Member, Planning Commission and Former Chairman, Boston Consulting Group India, in conversation with Jeemol Unni on a new paradigm for development.
Young Scholars Initiative, South Asia, ran a very engaging Webinar series on Women's Work in South Asia. It was an honour to be invited to speak at this forum on Female Informal Workforce amid COVID-19 on May 18, 2021.
Discussion on containment choices beyond binaries, including medical preparedness, physical distancing, accelerated vaccinations, scaled-up testing, closure of indoor spaces, contact tracing & isolation, and beyond. We will also discuss why real-time, reliable, credible data is essential for a comprehensive strategy to defeat the pandemic.
Centre for Social Justice’s discusses the legal recourse and non-legal interventions undertaken to mitigate the plight of the informal workers and migrants during the lockdown in April-May 2020 and after in India.
We are currently in the midst of the second wave of #COVID19 in India. People and the government are struggling with the public and private health system caving in. The question before us for the second time in a year is to save lives and/or save livelihoods?