Press Release | 226 districts adversely impacted by COVID-19 as rural India faces heat :: Reveals study by Samhita Social Ventures

~ The first 1.6 million cases in India took about 6 months, the next 1.6 million cases have occurred in less than 1 month ~   Mumbai, September 2nd 2020 – Samhita Social Ventures, a leading social sector consulting firm, has released ‘Chasing the Virus’ – COVID-19 Trend Review Report. It showcases the recent trends […]

VIEW: Why the health of sanitation workers needs to be our society’s concern

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We should recognise the work of sanitation workers as just as essential as that of the brave doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who are on the frontlines of our national response to the crisis. Sanitation workers’ life expectancies are ten years below the national average as a result of spending hours on end in sanitation […]

How will India’s informal sector emerge from the pandemic?

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The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns have upended India’s informal job market. But are there positives from the crisis? Read more>>

Coronavirus impact: Time for employers to up skill employees

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For the quantum growth of the economy, investments in education and skilling of informal workers are key, especially because a huge share of population has very little skills. Read more>>

Govt, business, civil society must implement direct cash transfers to avoid ‘society-wide poverty trap’, says Noble Laureate Esther Duflo

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Esther Duflo, 2019 Nobel laureate,  on Monday said that it is essential for government, business, and NGO stakeholders to focus on cash transfers to economically vulnerable populations to avoid entering into a ‘society-wide poverty trap” in India. Duflo said “this is something business should be keenly interested in and very much behind it, not just […]

Nobel Laureate Dr Esther Duflo Recommends Implementation of Direct Cash Transfers to Avoid “Society-wide Poverty Trap”

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Dr Esther Duflo, 2019 Nobel Laureate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor, and Director – J. Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), said that it is essential for government, business, and NGO stakeholders to focus on cash transfers to economically vulnerable populations to avoid entering into a “society-wide poverty trap” in India. Dr Duflo said, […]

Nobel laureate Duflo says cash transfer to poor makes sense economically as well

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Pitching for cash transfers to the poor for helping them deal with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, Nobel laureate Esther Duflo on Monday said doing so is not just a moral necessity, but an economic one as well, as it can create demand which will benefit all. Read more

With longer shifts, fewer workers can run factory operations; infection risks will be lower: HUL

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FMCG major Hindustan Unilever CMD Sanjiv Mehta on Monday supported states for increasing shift times in factories to 12 hours a day, saying the move will help in restricting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also added that aspects like social security and sufficient rest to the factory workers are essential. Taking cue from […]

Nobel laureate Esther Duflo says cash transfers to poor will only help Indian businesses

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Cash transfers to India’s poor are the right thing to do “not just morally but also economically,” believes Nobel laureate Esther Duflo. “Businesses should be keenly interested in this (cash transfers) and very much behind (it)…because it is the most important thing to do in their self-interest,” the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Read more

Mahindra Logistics joins the India Workers’ Alliance

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Samhita Social Ventures welcomes Mahindra Logistics Ltd. as a pillar of the India Workers Alliance to provide immediate relief to its driver community by transferring Rs 3,000 to their bank accounts to enable them to buy essential commodities. Born out of the Samhita Model, the India Workers Alliance propogates a collective CSR fund for economic […]