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    Innovation in India's Informal Economy

    Council for Social Development, India, 2015
    This paper examines the ubiquitous formal-informal duality of Indian economy through a case study of Arni, a Moffusil town of Northern Tamil Nadu. Arni is populated by about one lakh people; the majority of them are low castes. Informal sector dominates the economy of the town, but formal-informal linkages are strong and visible everywhere.
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    Council for Social Development, India

    The Council for Social Development has the proud privilege and honour of inheriting the legacy of Dr Durgabai Deshmukh, a pioneer in the field of social development.
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    MGNREGA in Tamil Nadu: A Story of Success and Transformation?

    Wiley Online Library, 2014
    Social protection has emerged as a key driver of development policy at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is widely considered a ‘good thing’ that has the potential not only to alleviate poverty and vulnerability, but also to generate more transformative outcomes in terms of empowerment and social justice.
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    The impact of a global value chain in South India on the rural areas in its vicinity

    University of Sussex, UK, 2010
    The expansion of garment manufacturing in Tiruppur has transformed the surrounding countryside as well as the town, both as garment manufacturing has spread into the countryside and through the knock-on effects of having a dynamic and relatively labour intensive industrial sector nearby. It has provided a valuable alternative to agriculture as agriculture has been running into problems.
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    Labouring for global markets: CSR lessons from a South Indian textile export cluster, Global Insights Briefing, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

    University of Sussex, UK, 2010
    This briefing explores the ways in which Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies affect labour regimes and the lives of workers at manufacturing sites in the Global South. It describes workers’ reactions to these policies, and the choices they make when faced with different regimes of work.
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    Social protection and wellbeing: Food security in Adivasi communities, Chhattisgarh, India

    Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways, University of Bath, 2014
    Despite economic growth, persistent levels of absolute poverty remain across the world. Social protection is an important response to this, guaranteeing a basic level of income support. The state of Chhattisgarh, India, provides an interesting model, as government commitment and people’s action combine to buttress food security in communities with historically high levels of disadvantage.
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    Dalits and local labour markets in rural India: experiences from the Tiruppur textile region in Tamil Nadu

    Wiley Online Library, 2013
    This article asks how labour markets are changing in the context of wider transformations in the rural economy. Drawing on evidence from two villages in southern India, which are both close to, and deeply affected by, a major textile industry cluster, the article examines local labour markets, arguing that labour market segmentation is not simply caste-based.
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    Income-generating activities for young peoplein southern Africa: Exploring AIDS andother constraints

    Wiley Online Library, 2010
    This paper reports on a study with rural young people (aged 10–24 years) in Malawi and Lesotho, focusing on their opportunities to learn skills and access capital and assets to engage in income-generating activities (IGAs).
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    A perspective on the development and sustainability of nutrition surveillance in low-income countries

    BMC Nutrition, 2016
    Many varied activities are encompassed by the term 'nutrition(al) surveillance'. Several national surveillance systems were initiated soon after the World Food Conference in 1974, but few have lasted. Most were complex, expensive, slow to produce findings, and were eventually stopped.
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    The education motive for migrant remittances: theory and evidence from India

    Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn, 2017
    This paper analyses the impact of anticipated old age support, provided by children to parents, on intra-family transfers and education. The authors highlight an education motive for remittances, according to which migrants have an incentive to invest in their siblings’ education via transfers to parents, in order to better share the burden of old age support.

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