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Livelihood Creation in India

Through Social Entrepreneurship and Skill Development



An 18-month project beginning in October 2015 as a partnership between SAI and Tata Trusts, the Livelihood Creation Project will focus on three key areas: rural livelihood creation (emphasis on the handicrafts and hand-loom sectors); educational, social and economic empowerment of women; and science and technology-based interventions for poverty alleviation.

The project will bring together diverse knowledge bases that will contribute to India’s development goals. The purpose of the project will be achieved through research with over 150 institutions across 15 states of India, 5 workshops with 100 participating NGOs, and 20 webinars involving Harvard faculty and subject experts from India.

Project leaders


Tarun KhannaDirector, Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; and Chairman, NITI Aayog Expert Committee on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Government of India

Shashank ShahPostdoctoral Fellow, Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University; and Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School