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The Future of Higher Education

Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 08:00am

Fri, Aug 7, 2020

What does the future of internationalization in higher education look like after the global pandemic? Trends in higher education have for a long time pointed toward ever greater internationalization of student enrollments, teaching staff, curricular content, and research networks. The general consensus is that this has been for the good: young people enjoy richer learning opportunities and institutions are stronger and more diverse. Moreover, internationalization has accelerated the advancement of scholarship in every field and discipline, leading most surveys of higher education to rely on some measure of “globalization” in determining their rankings.

Today, however, the future of international higher education suddenly seems much less certain. By forcing a halt to nearly all international travel, the pandemic has interrupted the normal movement of people within and between the world’s universities, isolating us from one another in unprecedented ways. Even before the emergence of the SARS-CoV2 virus, resurgent nationalism and xenophobia around the world were already leading some to question the value of a globalized system of higher education, and of globalization more generally. 

Dr. Mark C. Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Harvard University will discuss how the twin forces of the COVID-19 pandemic and politics has and will impact the future of international higher education.

Swaraj: Dadabhai Naoroji and the Birth of Indian Nationalism

Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 09:00am

Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 10:00am

9:00–10:00 AM EST // 6:30–7:30 PM IST // 6:00–7:00 PM PKT // 7:00–8:00 PM BST

Venue: Virtual via Zoom: 

This event will also be streamed LIVE on Facebook: 


  • Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University


  • Dinyar Patel, Assistant Professor, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research

In 1906, Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) declared swaraj, or Indian self-government, as the goal of the Indian National Congress. This talk will examine how Naoroji developed the idea of swaraj during his five decades-long political and nationalist career, which included groundbreaking economic research on Indian poverty, engagement with emancipatory movements around the world, and becoming the first-ever Asian elected to the British Parliament. Naoroji’s swaraj, as we will see, was global in nature. It evolved from contact with European liberalism and socialism and, at the same time, had a significant influence on the growth of global anti-colonialism and antiracism.

Webinar: Science, Business, and Vaccine Development to Combat the Pandemic

Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 08:30am

Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 09:45am


  • Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School & Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University
  • Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute & Vice Chairperson of The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
  • Umang Vohra, Managing Director & Global Chief Executive Officer, Cipla Ltd.
  • David E. Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics & Demography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Through the lens of a contemporary case study, Harvard Business School Professor Tarun Khanna will share the geo-politics of how vaccines are developed, the funding and distribution methods that are critical to the effort, and the global alliances that facilitate this in the world today. He will speak with Dr. Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute & Vice Chairperson of The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations; Umang Vohra, Managing Director & Global Chief Executive Officer, Cipla Ltd, and Dr. David E. Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics & Demography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in a discussion on the South Asia context.

The objective is to share the mechanics and commerce of vaccine development and the critical role that science and business can play in combating pandemics such as COVID-19. The intent is to foster a collaborative and synchronous effort among science, business, and government to find synergies and solutions as they navigate the current challenges. How does one forge worldwide alliances in healthcare? How can science, business, government, and society collaborate on healthcare imperatives? How does one resolve the logistics and equity of vaccine distribution, and how can credibility and trust be built? This interactive conversation will be presented via Zoom web-conference. 

Webinar: Entrepreneurs and the COVID-19 Global Reset in South Asia

Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 09:00am

Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 10:30am


9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:00–7:30 PM PKT // 6:30–8:00 PM IST // 7:00–8:30 PM BST

Venue: Virtual via Zoom:

This event will also be streamed on YouTube:


  • Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, The Mittal Institute
  • Rajeeb Samdani, Co-Founder and Trustee, Samdani Art Foundation; Managing Director, Golden Harvest Group
  • Osman Khalid Waheed, CEO, Ferozsons Laboratories Limited; Founder and Chair, Lahore Biennale Foundation

Enterprises have found themselves caught in the COVID-19 maelstrom across South Asia. This webinar will explore the extent to which entrepreneurs have been able to work with both the state and civil society to limit the damage and distress caused by the pandemic, but also to begin exploring new opportunities that a possible “global reset” has opened up to the developing world. 

Webinar: The Neglected Epidemics in India: How Will COVID-19 Affect Them?

Thu, May 14, 2020 at 09:00am

Thu, May 14, 2020 at 10:30am

9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:00–7:30 PM PKT // 6:30–8:00 PM IST // 7:00–8:30 PM BST

Venue: Virtual via Zoom:


  • Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Lucicia Ditiu, Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership
  • Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India
  • Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School


  • Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health

Webinar: The Labor of Fashion, the Global COVID-19 Crisis, and the Politics of Resistance in Bangladesh

Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 09:00am

Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 10:30am


9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:00–7:30 PM PKT // 6:30–8:00 PM IST // 7:00–8:30 PM BST

Virtual via Zoom:
Stream via YouTube Live:


  • Dr. Elora Chowdhury, Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Dr. Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University


  • Taslima Akhter, Photographer and Organizer, Bangladesh Garments Sramik Shanghati
  • Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
  • Dr. Seuty Sabur, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Dina M. Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, New York University
  • Dr. Nafisa Tanjeem, Assistant Professor, Global Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesley University

The global apparel industry is currently facing an unprecedented crisis resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Major fashion retailers in the Global North are closing their stores and laying off workers. The same brands that demonstrated strong public commitment for protecting the safety and security of Bangladeshi garment workers after the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 are not hesitating to cancel or suspend orders or delay payments. Thousands of workers are currently out of work and facing a unique livelihood, as well as a health threat. 

Bangladeshi local labor rights organizers are urging the garment factory owners and the Bangladesh government to stop laying off workers, pay the unpaid salary, and enact health safety protocols at the workplace. On the other hand, Bangladeshi garment factory owners and international labor rights groups are exclusively targeting the global brands and asking them to take responsibility for the workers. What is missing in the local and global COVID-19 organizing initiatives is an understanding of how focusing exclusively on either the global brands or the local Bangladeshi actors – such as the government and the factory owners – creates an unfortunate disjuncture between local and global labor organizing priorities and fails to address global capitalism’s creative ways of feminizing and racializing garment workers’ bodies and labor across the supply chain.

By bringing together labor rights organizers and critical scholars, this webinar addresses: How can we move beyond the spotlight approach of focusing on one actor of the apparel supply chain at a time? How can we engage in dialogues and organizing across borders to simultaneously hold the global retailers, governments, and factory owners accountable for ensuring workers’ safety and wellbeing? What does a transnational resistance that is mindful of the power differences between labor organizers in the Global North and the Global South look like?

Webinar: The Science Behind COVID-19

Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 09:00am

Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 10:30am


9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:30–8:00 PM IST

Venue: Virtual via Zoom:


  • Dr. Jennifer Leaning, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


  • Dr. Caroline BuckeeAssociate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Dr. Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Dr. Victoria D’SouzaProfessor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

This panel will provide a deeper understanding of the science behind the COVID-19 virus. Panelists will explore the place of science in the COVID-19 response, as well as transmission of the virus throughout South Asia using mobile network data.

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Please note that there will be a maximum attendance capacity to the above Zoom session. A link to the session will be provided on our website, social media platforms, and to our mailing list the day prior to the event.

Webinar: The Response to COVID-19 in South Asia

Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 09:00am

Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 10:30am


9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:30–8:00 PM IST


Dr. Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Professor, BRAC James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
Dr. Shamika Ravi, Senior Fellow of the Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution
Dr. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

What has been the impact of the policy response to COVID-19 on the ground in South Asia? Were these policies proportionate and appropriate? What consequences might they have? This panel will offer an overview of the varied in-region responses to the virus and their impact on the health system and social sector.

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

Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 08:00am

Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 09:30am

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.

Webinar: Cities and Home-Based Workers

Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 08:00am

Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 10:00am

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.

Working with Boys and Men to prevent Gender Based Violence

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

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.

Please register here.


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.

Webinar: Intellectual Property in Creative Industries

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 08:00am

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 09:30am

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)

Register here.

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.

Register here.

Cosponsored with the Tata Trusts