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SAI Event Type : Webinar

Wed, December 14, 2016 from 08:00am - 10:00am

Webinar: Cities and Home-Based Workers

Livelihood Creation Webinar

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6:30pm IST (8:00am EST)

Local government policies and urban plans have a direct and strong impact on home-based workers. Because their home is their workplace, home-based workers are more directly affected than other workers by government policies and practices regarding housing (notably, slum upgrading and/or slum eviction-relocation schemes), basic infrastructure services (notably, the availability and cost of electricity but also water and sanitation), and zoning regulations (notably, whether commercial activities are allowed in residential areas). They may also be affected by the accessibility and cost of public transport, especially if they are forced to relocate at great distances from their customers, markets or contractors.

This webinar will highlight:

  • Why the city governments and urban planners need to integrate home-based workers and their livelihood activities into local economic development plans.
  • Why the city governments need to extend basic infrastructure to the homes-cum-workplaces of home-based workers and transport services to the settlements where they live and work.
  • Some promising examples of where and how this can be done.


Dr. Martha (Marty) Chen, Harvard Kennedy School; Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor Chen is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and an Affiliated Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is also the Co-Founder and International Coordinator of WIEGO. A renowned development scholar, Marty has steered WIEGO since its inception, turning the research, policy and action network into one of the world’s leading organizations focused on the informal economy. Her specialization includes employment, gender, and poverty with a focus on the working poor in the informal economy. Marty’s expertise is sought globally by a range of major institutions, from the European Commission and the International Labour Organization to the World Bank and the United Nations.

Moderated by Shalini Sinha, India Country Representative and Home-based Sector Specialist, WIEGO
Shalini’s work focuses on developing and documenting decent work and livelihoods opportunities for women workers in the informal economy, especially women home-based workers in urban locations in India. Shalini specializes in labour, gender and social development issues and has worked with several national and international NGOs and funding agencies.

Bijal Brahmbhatt, Director, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, Ahmedabad
Bijal is a civil engineer by training and is a recognized expert in habitat improvement, community development and housing finance. She oversees the MHT’s (Mahila Housing SEWA Trusts) operations at the national level and has experience in conceptualizing planning, managing and providing support for slum up gradation programmes across India. Bijal has authored several publication / papers on livelihood and habitat, housing finance and community development.

Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 08:00am

Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 10:00am

Wed, November 30, 2016 from 08:00am - 09:30am

Webinar: Innovation in Tradition: Six Case Studies in the Indian Crafts Sector

Livelihood Creation Webinar

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Mukti Khaire, Cornell Tech

Shashank Shah, Harvard South Asia Institute


Professor Mukti Khaire and Dr. Shashank Shah will discuss learnings from six field projects in the Indian crafts sector, funded by Tata Trusts. The grants supported and enabled the implementation of social and technological innovations at:

1. Women Weave, Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh
2. Kumaun Grameen Udyog, Kasiyalekh, Uttarakhand
3. Freeset Fabrics, Berhampore, West Bengal
4. Chitrika, Mandapeta, Andhra Pradesh
5. Craftizen Foundation, Bangalore, Karnataka
6. Raah Foundation, Jawhar, Maharashtra

The webinar will highlight organizational best practices and ground-level innovations for impact in the Indian crafts sector. It is for practitioners in the Indian handicrafts and handloom sectors. All those who are interested to know more about the current state of the sector and the immense potential it holds for rural livelihood creation would be most benefited.

This webinar is part of SAI’s Livelihood Creation Project with the Tata Trusts.

Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 08:00am

Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 09:30am

Thu, July 28, 2016

Working with Boys and Men to prevent Gender Based Violence

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

July 28, 6:30pm IST (9 am ET)

The webinar will focus on:
• Successful organizational interventions
• Challenges faced and strategies to overcome them
• Useful resources and tools while working with boys and men

The webinar is open to anyone interested in issues relating to gender based violence and working with men and boys to prevent it. It will also provide practical tools for grassroots practitioners working on these issues. Post the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for live Q&A.

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Dr. Gary Barker
Gary Barker is President and CEO of Promundo and is a leading voice for the worldwide effort to establish positive, healthy dynamics between men and women. Gary is the co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 600 NGOs and UN agencies working toward gender equality. He coordinates IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), a pioneering multi-country survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality, among other themes. He is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Men’s Leaders Network and has been honored with an Ashoka Fellowship, a fellowship from the Open Society Institute, and the Vital Voices Solidarity Award.

Rujuta Teredesai-Heron
Rujuta Teredesai-Heron is the co-founder of Equal Community Foundation (ECF). Equal Community Foundation was set up in 2009 with the objective of engaging boys and men to prevent violence and discrimination against women. Rujuta has been working in the development sector for around 10 years. She specializes in program management and communications. Having studied English Literature and Print Journalism, she is a trained journalist. At ECF, she is currently focusing on scaling the approach of working with boys and men across India.

The webinar is conducted under a collaborative project by the Harvard University South Asia Institute and Tata Trusts on Livelihood Creation in India through Social Entrepreneurship and Skill Development.

Please register here.

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Wed, May 4, 2016 from 08:00am - 09:30am

Webinar: Intellectual Property in Creative Industries

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

Guriqbal Singh JAIYA, Director-Advisor to the Executive Director, WIPO Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

5:30pm to 7:00pm IST (8:00am to 9:30am EST)

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This webinar will address:

  • Differences between copyright, GI, trademark, and costs of certification
  • Business advantages conferred by intellectual property certifications
  • What kinds of handicrafts/handlooms products and designs might be eligible?
  • Who owns IP rights in the handicrafts/handlooms sector? – artisans, designers, or the organization?

Guriqbal Singh JAIYA will share his thoughts and insights from his two decade long experience at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and provide information and examples of how organizations in the Crafts Sector can benefit from intellectual property certifications.

This webinar is for:

  • Individuals associated with the handicrafts and handlooms sectors who lead and occupy senior positions in their organizations;
  • Social entrepreneurs and executives of social organizations in creative industries who may wish to use IP as a powerful tool to protect their products and innovations;
  • Practitioners involved in the non-profit sector who wish to maximise impact,
  • Students who are interested in knowing how using IP effectively can become a very important strategy in achieving the objectives of a social organization

This is fifth in a series of monthly webinars on the Indian handicrafts and handlooms sector until November 2016. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.

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Cosponsored with the Tata Trusts

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 08:00am

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 09:30am

Fri, April 29, 2016 from 10:00am - 11:00am

Webinar: Social Enterprises in India: Some Guiding Principles for Scale and Impact

Livelihood Creation Webinar

7:30pm to 8:30pm IST (10:00am to 11:00am ET)

Tarun KhannaDirector, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

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Social Enterprises in India have been increasingly playing a transformative role in solving a number of issues in a sustainable manner. Their contribution is visible in areas as diverse as health, education, drinking water, sanitation, women’s empowerment, energy conservation, art and culture, among many others.

This webinar will focus on:

  • Ways in which social enterprises in India can achieve impact and scale.
  • Examples of successful social enterprises from India and guiding principles that may have resulted in their success
  • Discussion of the ways in which these principles can be applied to your organizations

Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has sought for two decades to study the drivers of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a means of economic and social development. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton and Harvard, he has taught courses on strategy, corporate governance and international business to MBA and Ph.D. students and senior executives. For many years, he has served as the Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India and South Asia.

In the fall of 2010, he was named the first director of the university-wide Harvard South Asia Institute. The institute rapidly grew to engage over 150 faculty from across Harvard in projects embracing the pure sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and spanning the region from Afghanistan to Myanmar. In this role, he currently teaches a popular university-wide elective course ‘Contemporary Developing Countries’, where students work in multi-disciplinary teams to devise practical solutions to complex social problems.

In 2014, the Government of India nominated him as the Chairperson of the NITI Aayog Expert Committee on ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. The Report submitted by this Expert Committee was accepted by the Indian Cabinet and has informed the formation of the ‘Atal Innovation Mission’, charged with contributing to build-up the innovation infrastructure of India.

Context of the Series of Webinars

This is the fifth in a series of monthly webinars as part of the Harvard University SAI and Tata Trusts Project. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.

This webinar is for social entrepreneurs from India and other South Asian countries.

Please register here.


Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 10:00am

Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 11:00am

Tue, March 29, 2016 from 08:00am - 09:30am

Social Media for Social Enterprises: Case of Facebook

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

5:30pm to 7:00pm IST  (8:00am to 9:30am ET)

Ritesh Mehta, Head of Economic Growth Initiatives, India & South Asia at Facebook

The webinar will address:

  • Importance of Social Media for Social Enterprises
  • Creating and maintaining a focused Facebook page
  • Social Media Best Practices for Social Enterprises

Ritesh Mehta will share his experiences from Facebook and provide practical examples of how Facebook can benefit social enterprises in their endeavour to empower their beneficiaries and sustain the institution.

This webinar will benefit:

  • Those who handle social media for social enterprises, civil society organizations, non-profits and trusts;
  • Entrepreneurs and executives in social organizations who wish to use Facebook as a powerful tool to reach out to more customers, donors and patrons;
  • Practitioners involved in the non-profit sector who wish to maximize impact; and
  • Students who are interested in knowing how use of social media like Facebook can be an important strategy in achieving the objectives of a social organization.



Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 08:00am

Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 09:30am

Fri, February 19, 2016 from 07:30am - 08:30am

Field Notes: Best Practices for Documentation of Handicrafts in the Field

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

Dr. Vandana Bhandari, Professor and Dean (Academics) at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi

Indian handicrafts are a vast and important, but rapidly-disappearing aspect of Indian society and culture. While a range of handicraft organizations have been at the forefront of introducing consumers to traditional handicraft techniques and skills in the form of innovative and beautiful products, the sustainability of the supply of these products is threatened by the rate at which artisans seek alternative livelihoods. Documentation of craft techniques and practices is a crucial tool in a programmatic agenda to preserve that which is not just cultural heritage, but, in a world where handmade is equal to luxury, a competitive advantage.

Dr. Bhandari will share her expertise and experiences gleaned from years in the field, spent documenting cultural and economically significant crafts in danger of succumbing to modernization and socio-economic changes in the nation. Dr. Bhandari will provide practical insights on the benefits of documentation, as well as documentation best practices for organizations working in the handicraft sector.

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm IST / 7:30 am to 8:30 am EST

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Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 07:30am

Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 08:30am

Thu, January 7, 2016 at 07:30am

Webinar: Merchandising and Marketing of Handcrafted Goods

Livelihood Creation Webinar

Merchandising and Marketing of Handcrafted Goods: Challenges and Solutions in the Physical and Online Markets

Thursday, January 7, 2015. 6.00 pm to 7:00 pm IST

The webinar will address:

  • Innovation in design and product ranges and supply chain
  • Capturing larger audiences and potential customers online and offline
  • Principles of merchandizing that can add value to marketing efforts

This is the second in a series of monthly webinars on the handicrafts and handlooms sector until December 2016. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.

This webinar is for practitioners in the handicrafts and handlooms sectors and all those who are interested in knowing more about the current state of the sector and the immense potential it holds for rural livelihood creation.

Speakers will include representatives from handicraft and handloom retail ventures.

Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 07:30am

Thu, Jan 7, 2016

Thu, November 5, 2015 at 07:00pm

Online Book Group: Sea of Poppies

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Join Global Studies Outreach at Harvard for an online discussion of Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh led by Professor Sunil Amrith of the Departments of History and South Asian Studies at Harvard University.

Please note that given the length of the novel we will structure the discussion based on the assumption that not everyone will have finished it by the day of the webinar. In fact, we welcome participation from those that are simply considering beginning.

Sea of Poppies is the first book of the Ibis Trilogy by Amitav Ghosh (the third installment, Flood of Fire, was released in 2015). At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners on board, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of Canton.

Background from

Professor Sunil Amrith’s research is on the trans-regional movement of people, ideas, and institutions. Areas of particular interest include the history of public health and poverty, the history of migration, and environmental history. His most recent work has been on the Bay of Bengal as a region connecting South and Southeast Asia. He has a PhD in History (2005) from the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Research Fellow of Trinity College (2004-6).

Registration is now open at:

The first 10 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Cosponsored with the Asia Center.

Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 07:00pm

Thu, Nov 5, 2015