Agencies Share Strategies for Delivering Welfare and Livelihoods to India’s Informal Sector

Agencies Share Strategies for Delivering Welfare and Livelihoods to India’s Informal Sector

Bangalore, February 4, 2011: Advancing strategies to deliver welfare and livelihood development services to India’s informal sector workers was the focus of the workshop organized by CHF International and the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, held at the IIMB campus on February 3 and 4, 2011.

Though India’s GDP has been growing steadily over the last two decades, the nature of growth has been anything but equal. India is still home to one third of the world’s poor.

Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty, Lead for Social Enterprises at CHF International, Bangalore said “The bulk of India’s workforce works in the informal sector. Majority of this group of workers struggles daily with challenges such as lack of any social or financial security, difficult and often unsafe working conditions, exploitation at the hands of contractors and absence of basic amenities. In the face of such challenges, there is massive underemployment and productivity loss for these workers. India’s leap into economic and social prosperity can only occur if it can enable these workers to live and work to their full potential and improve their livelihoods.”

The keynote address was delivered by Ms Mirai Chatterjee, Director of Social Security at the Self Employed Women’s Association, better known as SEWA, a national organizations headquartered at Ahmedabad. Ms Chatterjee provided i