This short video looks at the role of business in responding to poverty, illiteracy and gender inequality in South Asia. It forms part of the on-going Creating Emerging Markets project at the Harvard Business School directed by Professor Geoffrey Jones, which uses interviews of top business leaders and other digital sources to explore the role of business in South Asia, as well as Africa and Latin America. The South Asian interviews, which are approaching twenty in number, were conducted by Tarun Khanna, SAI’s Director, and by other senior faculty of the Harvard Business School. The transcripts are downloadable at http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/emerging-markets, and holders of Harvard ID’s can access the full video interviews.
Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems
Co-taught: Tarun Khanna (SAI, HBS), Satchit Balsari (HSPH), Krzysztof Gajos (SEAS), Doris Sommer (FAS), and John Macomber (HBS)
This course will provide a framework (and multiple lenses) through which to think about the salient economic and social problems of the five billion people of the developing world, and to work in a team setting toward identifying entrepreneurial solutions to such problems. Case study discussions will cover challenges and solutions in fields as diverse as health, education, technology, urban planning, and arts and the humanities. The modules themselves will be team-taught by faculty from engineering, the arts, urban design, healthcare and business. The course will embrace a bias toward action by enabling students to understand the potential of individual agency in addressing these problems. All students will participate in the development of a business plan or grant proposal to tackle their chosen problem in a specific developing country/region, emphasizing the importance of contextualizing the entrepreneurial intervention. The student-team will ideally be comprised of students with diverse backgrounds from across the University.
Offered jointly with the Business School as 1266, the School of Public Health as GHP 568, the Kennedy School as PED-338, the Law School as HLS 2543 and the Graduate School of Education as A-819.
On July 29, Meena Hewett, Executive Director of SAI, visited the monthly meeting of the Harvard Alumni Group in Nepal to learn more how SAI can engage more with the country. She began by sharing the mission of SAI, saying that SAI has been working with Harvard students and faculty to increase awareness on Nepal-related issues at Harvard and strengthen the Harvard alumni community in Nepal. Harvard is interested in catalyzing positive change in Nepal through SAI programs such as capacity building workshops, internship programs for Harvard students, and visiting fellowships for Nepali scholars.
Alumni who attended the meeting shared several topics that would be important to explore in future scholarship, including: women’s issues, child labor, public administration design, rural health, small and medium enterprise promotion, climate change, entrepreneurship and leadership education. One critical issue that surfaced several times was the socio-political transition that Nepal is undergoing as the country implements a new constitution.
Harvard University will offer many courses with South Asia related content in the fall 2016 semester. (Please note: This is only a partial list. Please visit each school’s individual registrar for a full list of courses.)
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Timeframe: Fall Term with potential to renew for Spring Term
The Intern for the South Asia Institute will gain valuable insight and experience in the day-to-day operations of a vibrant and dynamic University-wide Initiative focused on advancing education and research on South Asia at Harvard. The Student Services Intern is responsible for helping to manage a Summer Student Internship Program at the South Asia Institute. The Intern will aid in the process of matching Harvard College and Professional School students with a range of organizations from the public sector, private enterprise, and in the nonprofit and NGO communities throughout South Asia. Working in collaboration with the SAI team, the Intern will also manage the outreach effort to communicate to Harvard College students about these internship opportunities, as well as the application processes for the Internship Program administration.
Timeframe: Fall Term with potential to renew for Spring Term
The Intern for the South Asia Institute, a paid position, will gain valuable insight and experience in the day-to-day operations of a vibrant and dynamic University-wide Institute focused on advancing education and research on South Asia at Harvard. The Communications and Outreach Intern will work at the Cambridge office with SAI’s Communications and Outreach Coordinator to help to maintain the SAI website and will help develop and distribute outreach and marketing materials, including social media, website posts, and the weekly newsletter. The Intern will have the opportunity to generate story ideas and write content for the SAI website and newsletter. The Intern will help with other outreach efforts including updating SAI’s database and researching media contacts. The Intern will assist with SAI events, including the process of publicizing events digitally and around campus. Working in collaboration with the SAI team, the Intern will also assist the Executive Director on special projects as needed.
Harvard undergraduate and graduate students interested in international education, cultural exchange, marketing and public relations, journalism, social media, and higher education administration are encouraged to apply.
On July 25th, 2016 the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) and Tata Trusts hosted the second webinar of a multi-part series on Women’s Empowerment. The webinar titled ‘Empowering Girls through educational access and opportunity: What enables deprived girls to succeed’ was led by Professor Shantha Sinha, one of India’s leading child rights activists and founder of M. Venkatarangaiya (MV) Foundation. Professor Sinha was formerly the Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and has been honoured with the Raman Magsaysay Award and the Padma Shri. The webinar was moderated by Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Director of Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.
The 90 minute webinar focused on factors enabling girls to attend school, challenges faced by school-going girls and successful strategies for ensuring girls have access to secondary education. It was attended by grassroots practitioners, students and academicians from India, the US and the UK.
On Monday, August 1, the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) launched the Hindi edition of the book and the exhibition Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh at the Vivanta by Taj, in partnership with the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government.
The event drew a large crowd and included Harvard alumni, community members, government officials, students, and members of the public.
The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings of the world’s largest religious festival, and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.
SAI is pleased to announce our Fellows for the upcoming academic year. SAI’s fellowships are opportunities for scholars and practitioners to utilize Harvard University’s resources to contribute to self-driven independent research. While on campus, fellows will actively participate in the events and intellectual life of the Institute.
Every year in India, thousands of children are trafficked across the country to work long hours in highly exploitative conditions. Thanks to the efforts of official agencies, a small proportion of these children are rescued and returned to their home states. However, a recently released report by the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights reveals that despite these assiduous efforts, India’s system of “rescue and reintegration” fails to protect these highly vulnerable children. They are simply removed from workplaces and returned to where they came from, leaving them “exposed to the same structural vulnerabilities that led to their being originally trafficked, with the predictable outcome that many of them are retrafficked.”
Based on a detailed survey conducted by the Indian non-profit FXB India Suraksha with 49 experts (from government and civil society) in the source state of Bihar, the transit state of Delhi and the destination state of Rajasthan, the Harvard report reveals startling inconsistency between existing policy and legal commitments, and on-the-ground realities.