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SAI Event Type : Conferences and Symposiums


Globalization and Sustainability of Bangladesh Garment Industry

START
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 08:00am

END
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Bangladesh Development Conference 2014 

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The objective of this year’s conference is to explore the linkages among development, garment sector and health and safety issues in Bangladesh.  It will highlight the actors and factors that impinge on this linkage at national and global levels. The deliberation will explore how the development partners can more effectively facilitate and assist in solving the key problems for sustaining the competitiveness of Bangladesh garment industry. How to enhance the role international community and of industry experts for practical solutions will come up for discussion.

The seminar is bringing together experts, industry people, NGO representatives and practitioners from development agencies and high level policy makers from Bangladesh and the USA. Participants will include representatives from Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), other manufacturers, international brands and retailers, workers rights groups, international labor organizations, United Nations Agencies, and representatives from international financial institutions.

The organizing committee invites you to attend this seminar and to participate in the discussion dealing with aspects of the global economy, garment industry, trade and development in the context of Bangladesh garments and apparel industry and the role of international community and development partners.

The day-long seminar is cosponsored with the Harvard Center for Environment (HUCE) and Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Schedule:

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM  Registration & Breakfast
7:45 AM – 8:00 AM  Welcome Addresses
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Session 1: State of Bangladesh Garment Industry
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Session 2: Globalization and Labor Standards
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  Session 3: Trade and Investment Cooperation – Worker rights and Safety
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM   Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM  Session 4: Working Condition, Fire and Building Safety Challenges
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM  Session 5: Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM   Session 6: The Role of International Development Partners
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Concluding session

For further information, please contact:
Mohammed Iqbal Yousuf, Coordinator
Tel. 617-416-9036
E-mail:  mohammed_yousuf@dfci.harvard.edu

Register here.

Please note: This event is free and open to the public.


Poverty and Development in South Asia

START
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 05:00pm

END
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 06:30pm

VENUE
Charles Hotel

ADDRESS
Charles Hotel
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI Mahindra Lecture

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Founder and Chairperson of BRAC

Introduction: Martha ChenLecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He was educated both at Dhaka and Glasgow universities. He was a professional accountant in his thirties, working as a senior corporate executive at Shell Oil, when the 1971 Liberation War had a profound effect on him, dramatically changing the direction of his life. He left his job, moved to London and devoted himself to Bangladesh’s war of independence. There, he helped initiate a fundraising and awareness campaign called Help Bangladesh.

When the war was over, he returned to the newly independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. Millions of refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, started returning to the country and their relief and rehabilitation called for urgent efforts. It was then that he established BRAC to rehabilitate the returning refugees in a remote area in north-eastern Bangladesh. He directed his policy towards helping the poor develop their capacity to better manage their lives. Thus, BRAC’s primary objectives emerged as alleviation of poverty and empowerment of the poor. Under his leadership, in the span of only four decades, BRAC grew to become the largest development organisation in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions.

Reception to follow.

More information here.


Harvard India Conference

START
Sat, Feb 15, 2014

END
Sun, Feb 16, 2014

VENUE
Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
Harvard Business School
100 Western Ave.
Boston, MA 02163

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Join us at the 12th edition of the India Conference at Harvard to exchange powerful ideas, kindle new partnerships, question the status-quo and push your peers and yourself to shape your idea of what India in the 21st century stands for. The theme of this year’s conference is India, Turning the Page: Prospects and Paradoxes and speakers include Pawan Munjal, CEO of Hero Corp; Gen V.K. Singh, Former Chief of the Indian Army; Barkha Dutt, Group Editor, NDTV; Aruna Roy, Political and Social Activist; Ambassador Shyam Saran, Bollywood Director Shakun Batra and many more. Panel topics cover a wide range of interests such as Tourism and Hospitality, Global Implications of Indian politics, the LGBT rights movement, Women interaction in the corporate world and the Future of impact investing in India, among others.


Design for Urban Disaster: Response – Resilience – Transformation Conference

START
Mon, May 5, 2014

END
Wed, May 7, 2014

VENUE
CGIS South, 4th Floor

ADDRESS
CGIS South, 4th Floor
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Cosponsored with Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture; Harvard University South Asia Institute; Habitat for Humanity; International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

www.designforurbandisaster.com

 


South Asia Regionalism: Workshops on Shared Challenges, and the Way Forward

START
Thu, Apr 24, 2014

END
Fri, Apr 25, 2014

VENUE
Charles Hotel

ADDRESS
Charles Hotel
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI Annual Symposium

As part of its Annual Symposium, SAI is hosting a series of workshops on April 24 and 25 to highlight ongoing faculty research projects supported by SAI.

Thursday, April 24, 2014:

Mobile Technology, 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Disasters and Mental Health, 11:15 am – 1:45 pm

The Contemporary South Asian City, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Friday, April 25, 2014

From SAARC to Slums: Urban Water Challenges in South Asia, 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Religion and Secularism, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm

Informal Workers, Enterprises, and Cities: Addressing Informality in South Asia, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

More information.


The Contemporary South Asian City Conference

START
Thu, Jan 9, 2014

END
Sun, Jan 12, 2014

This conference will bring together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners to explore new frontiers in research on the contemporary South Asian city. South Asia includes some of the largest and fastest-­‐growing urban agglomerations in the world today, all of which are growing increasingly interconnected with the larger regional and global economy. Equally relevant is the experience of small and medium-sized cities in each country, and the economic, social and spatial possibilities they encompass.

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Northeast Universities Development Consortium Conference 2013

START
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 08:00am

END
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 04:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Kennedy School, Center for International Development

ADDRESS
Harvard Kennedy School
Center for International Development
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

The Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference is a major forum in development economics. NEUDC has organized annual conferences in development economics since 1967. The location and sponsorship of the annual NEUDC conference usually rotates among the organizing institutions: Boston University, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, Williams College and Yale University.

More information here.

NEUDC 2013 is sponsored by the Center for International Development and The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Sessions are sponsored by SAI, The Middle East Initiative, and Harvard’s Sustainability Science Program.


Educators for Teaching India Conference

START
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 09:00am

END
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 04:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, 4th Floor

ADDRESS
CGIS South, 4th Floor
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Women in India: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity

Keynote Speaker: Harleen Singh, Associate Professor of Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, and South Asian Studies, Brandeis University
Closing speaker: Tarun KhannaJorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of the Harvard South Asia Institute

 

Established in 2008, Educators for Teaching India (EFTI) is a group of secondary school educators dedicated to deepening our own knowledge of India and to exploring India’s role in school curricula. The organization includes teachers in public and private schools as well as educators in supporting academic institutions.

Read more about the conference here.

Sponsored by:
Educators for Teaching India in conjunction with The Winsor School, Phillips Academy and The Groton School. For more information and to register visit: http://www.teachingindia.org/



South Asian Studies: Pasts and Futures

START
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 05:00pm

END
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 06:30pm

VENUE
Harvard University
Loeb House

ADDRESS
Harvard University
Loeb House
17 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA
02138

Harvard South Asia Institute 10th Anniversary Celebration

Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
Introduction by Tarun KhannaDirector, South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Reception to follow