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“Implementing the SDGs in India: Poverty, Hunger and Gender” Global Engagement Research Initiation Scheme meeting

When: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: 4.27A , Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus

The purpose of this meeting is to commence the cooperation of this research project, review relevant UK and EU practices, and jointly agree on the methodology for the subsequent research in India.

This research project seeks to understand the trajectory of sustainable development in India through the lens of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on poverty, food security and gender. Not only India ranks an abysmal 130 on the Human Development Index (HDI), its rank in hunger index is equally disappointing at 102. Gender, along with other social factors, plays a critical role in understanding and analysing the overall development paradigm. 

The research will focus on analysing the implementation structure for SDGs in India in general, with a specific focus for this first project on Goals 1, 2 and 5 along with the corresponding targets. Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere, Goal 2: Zero hunger and Goal 5:  Gender equality and women’s empowerment are key to the overall development discourse in India. While all other goals are equally important, the country seems to bear the most excruciating effects of poverty, food insecurity and gender imbalance. India’s ranking in the global indices pertaining to poverty, hunger and the status of women has remained far from satisfactory over the past few decades despite the country’s overall economic growth.


9am Opening Remarks / Introductions
9.15am Global Engagement Research Initiation Scheme:
Rules, deliverables and things to keep in mindfor a successful implementation

The SDGs in India – first findings from GoI and other reports
Rationale for choosing the specific SDGs to focus on

10.45am Coffee break

Project implementation methodology –
Existing precedents and adjustments for the Indian context

12.30pm Lunch break
1.30pm Research and fieldwork conducted up to now – initial findings
2.30pm Possible avenues for further research and funding opportunities
3pm Next steps and timeline, including organisation of workshop with Indian academics and policy-makers to present research results in New Delhi
3.45pm Closing remarks

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