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  • Asia Dialogue - Adversity turned to advantage: The exciting ‘mumpreneur’ segment in India’s small cities

    Adversity turned to advantage: The exciting ‘mumpreneur’ segment in India’s small cities

    Mukta Naik

    Worldwide, women face several invisible barriers in being able to get to work. In India, where women’s workplace participation is a dismal 24% and women earn only about 62% of a male counterpart’s salary, the female gender struggles with a patriarchal social structure, in which women are expected to prioritise caregiving responsibilities for children and other family members with little regard for their own needs or aspirations. In cities, lack of safety and poor infrastructure like broken pavements, inadequate public toilets and unreliable public transport make it even tougher for women to get out of the home and earn a living. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Doing Business in Asia: Why Competitiveness Depends on Regulatory Reforms

    Doing Business in Asia: Why Competitiveness Depends on Regulatory Reforms

    Nicolas Picard

    This year’s new Doing Business Report, the World Bank’s annual ranking of economies in 10 business regulatory areas, has garnered plenty of headlines in the media. Chief among these in Asia is the Philippines’ significant drop in ranking, despite the global business community celebrating the country’s strongeconomic performance in recent years, and gains in other indices such as the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. The drop is explained in part by the nature of the Doing Business publication, as well as by recent changes in the calculation of country scores by the World Bank. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Rural, yet urban: The transforming crafts villages of the Red River Delta

    Rural, yet urban: The transforming crafts villages of the Red River Delta

    Mukta Naik

    As cities become the main engines of economic growth in Asian nations, the dependence of rural areas on cities has increased tremendously. Moreover, the urban-rural dichotomy is changing to an urban-rural continuum. The primate Asian city is now understood as an urban agglomeration that is closely networked with peri-urban areas, which make the transition from rural to urban over time. In this way, urbanisation is usually understood to spread outwards of historically established city centres. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Street vendor to grassroots entrepreneur: Livelihood security through inclusive policy & community partnership

    Street vendor to grassroots entrepreneur: Livelihood security through inclusive policy & community partnership

    Mukta Naik

    Life just got better for over 10 million street vendors in India when the Indian Parliament passed the historic Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Bill, 2014 in late February 2014. An outcome of the organized advocacy of hundreds of street vendor organizations and federations across India under the banner of The National Association of Street Vendors (NASVI), the policy’s thrust will be to protect vendors from the harassment and evictions that are a regular feature of their daily lives. READ MORE