Gender and Economic Policy Discussion Forum

The Forum looks at ongoing reform initiatives ‘through a gender lens’, drawing attention to gender differentiated behaviour and outcomes that policy formulation needs to take care of. The Forum wants to contribute to strengthening gender sensitivity in Indian public policy and provides a platform for interaction between economists, policy makers, and gender advocates in a structured manner and will make special effort to reach out to students and university faculty. 

The Gender and Economic Policy Discussion Forum is a joint initiative of the Institute for Social Studies Trust (ISST) and HBF.

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Discussion Forum I : “Is Micro-finance at the crossroads in India? What does it mean for women’s Livelihood concerns?” (Programme, Background NoteReport)

Article:  Micro finance sector in India at the cross roads: What does it hold for rural women?. By Shalini Yog

Briefing Note 1: “Is Micro-finance at the crossroads in India? What does it mean for women’s Livelihood concerns?” 

Article: The Other Financial Crisis: Growth and Crash of the Microfinance Sector in India. By Christa Wichterich
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Discussion Forum II : Empowering Women through Skill Development - Challenges and Opportunities (Programme, Background Note, Report and Presentations.)

Briefing Note 2: Empowering Women through Skill Development - Challenges and Opportunities.
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Discussion Forum III: ‘Women Farmer’s Entitlement Bill 2011: Understanding the Changing Needs of Agriculture Economy’ (Programme Schedule)

Briefing Note 3: ‘Women Farmer’s Entitlement Bill 2011: Understanding the Changing Needs of Agriculture Economy’
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Discussion Forum IV: ‘Engendering the Government’s Flagship Programmes: Looking at the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC)’ (Programme Schedule)

Briefing Note 4: ‘Engendering the Government’s Flagship Programmes: Looking at PMGSY and TSC’
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Discussion Forum V: 'Engendering Social Protection for Informal Economy Workers' (Programme Schedule)

Briefing Note 5: 'Engendering Social Protection for Informal Economy Workers' 
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Discussion Forum VI: ‘Gender and Affirmative Action'.(Programme Schedule)

Briefing Note 6: Gender and Affirmative Action
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Discussion Forum VII: ‘The Politics and Economics of FDI through a Gender Lens'(Programme Schedule and Background Note)

Briefing Note 7: Part 1, Part 2

Presentations: Arpita Mukherjee, Ranja Sengupta and Anandi Venkateswaran

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