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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 - “The New Urban” Publication is Now Released

    “The New Urban” Publication is Now Released

    Asia Development Dialogue Team

    The development landscape in Asia is changing. As more countries reach middle-income levels, new challenges emerge while old ones evolve, all of which demands increasingly innovative perspectives. The region is experiencing rapid urbanization, ageing populations, increasingly mobile and connected peoples, increased cultural and ethnic diversity, greater vulnerability to macroeconomic shocks, more devastating natural disasters, chronic poverty with widening disparities, a rising middle class and other political transformations that might open the doors for more active citizens, and robust economic growth, which means richer but not necessarily more effective governments. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - The Many Hazards of Driving a Rickshaw in Nepal

    The Many Hazards of Driving a Rickshaw in Nepal

    Sarah Rooney and Nayan Pokhrel (Fixer)

    “When I saw other women driving tempos I thought to myself, surely I can do this too,” says Shanti, a 25-year-old Nepali tempo driver [tuk-tuks are more commonly referred to as “tempos” in Nepal]. “Truth is, it was pretty difficult to begin with. I had an accident on my first day and injured a pedestrian. Because I didn’t want my boss to know about it, I settled the damages myself. But I stuck with it, and actually became a pretty good driver…” READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Spotlight on citizenship: Hope lives in India’s secondary cities

    Spotlight on citizenship: Hope lives in India’s secondary cities

    Mukta Naik

    The recently concluded 2014 Indian national polls were the largest exercise in democracy in the world. However, while franchise is a well-exercised right in the country of 1.2 billion people and over 800 million voters—60% was the voter turnout in 2009—this doesn’t translate into active citizenship. Nor does it ensure citizens access to basic rights enshrined in the Constitution.

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  • Asia Dialogue - Revision needed of stereotypes about women and climate change

    Revision needed of stereotypes about women and climate change

    Rowan Fraser

    ‘The problem with stereotypes,’ said novelist Chimamanda Adichie in a powerful TED talk, ‘is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.’  This incompleteness is dangerous, according to Adichie, because it leads to one-sided views which deny complex realities.

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  • Asia Dialogue - Negotiating rights in the Indian city: Voices from women across the class barrier

    Negotiating rights in the Indian city: Voices from women across the class barrier

    Mukta Naik

    Urban women in India, regardless of class, face considerable danger and discrimination. Two urban women—Shruti, who is privileged, educated and well-employed and Sarita who is far less educated, informally employed, and struggling to live decently—share with Mukta Naik their awareness about rights and their candid experiences of negotiating with the government to access these. READ MORE