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On Sale: The Invisible Costs Behind the Price Tag

The global garment supply chain is a worldwide production line of informal workers across many industries. To produce a single t-shirt, men, women, and children provide labor in farms, villages, and cities across the world. “On Sale” is an in-depth look into the global supply chain and the social and economic effects it has on the workers, environment, and consumers. This resource also provides a look at what SEWA is doing and how you can take steps in creating more transparent and sustainable production across the world.

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Energy Access and Women’s Livelihoods

While the level of poverty plays a key role in determining the access to energy sources, usage of a particular kind of energy source can perpetuate poverty. According to the International Energy Association, over 400 million people in India (36% of the total population) live without reliable electricity While several studies have delved into impact of energy access on quality of life of women, very few have looked into productive use of energy in women’s lives, particularly into how it impacted their livelihood. The ‘Energy Access and Women’s livelihoods’ study was planned to explore the matter in greater detail. The goal of the study is to promote the inclusion of women in the energy access supply chain by adoption of a gender-centric approach, and to strengthen inclusion of gender in energy plans, programs and policies at the local, regional and national level.

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Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India by Sarath Davala, Renana Jhabvala, Soumya Kapoor Mehta and Guy Standing

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The book draws on two pilot schemes conducted in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, in which thousands of men, women and children were provided with an unconditional monthly cash payment. The book draws on a series of evaluation surveys conducted over the course of 18 months in which the main pilot was in operation, supplemented with detailed case studies of individuals and families.

It looks at the impact on health and nutrition, on schooling, on economic activity, on women’s agency and on the welfare of those with disabilities.

Above all, the book considers whether or not a basic income could be transformative, in not only improving individual and family welfare but in promoting economic growth and development, as well as having an emancipatory effect for people long mired in conditions of poverty and economic insecurity.

For a copy of this book, please email mail@sewabharat.org

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“A Little More, How Much It Is…”Piloting Basic Income Transfers in Madhya Pradesh, India

The Madhya Pradesh Unconditional Cash Transfers Project (MPUCT) is an innovative pilot testing the potential that such transfers hold for addressing vulnerabilities faced by low income Indians. It is the first time that unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) have been subject to such a detailed assessment in India. The results of the pilot should assist those trying to reach a balanced judgment on whether or not UCTs can be incorporated into Indian social protection and economic policy.

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An Experimental Pilot Cash Transfer Study in Delhi

To allow the choices and voices of poor households to be heard in the debate on cash transfers, SEWA conducted a small pilot study with the support of Government of Delhi and UNDP.The essential design was to allow some households in the sample the choice of equivalent cash transfer into a bank account in place of rations. These households then could not draw rations during the period of the pilot. Those receiving the cash transfer and those who continued in the current system were then interviewed and surveyed so their consumption patterns, and their views on cash transfers and rations, could be compiled and analysed. A number of lessons were learnt from our pilot study, and these inform our assessment of cash transfers.

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Clean City, Decent Work: An Inclusive and Innovative Solution for Managing Waste

Waste management is a critical issue in India especially in rapidly expanding towns and cities where existing infrastructure and systems for dealing with waste are non-existent or inadequate. Faced with rapid population growth, poor governance, a lack of public awareness and limited funds, cities are struggling to find a way to responsibly manage ever increasing amounts of waste.

This report is intended for policy makers and practitioners involved in waste management and urban governance. It aims to document the challenges in Katihar district of Bihar, provide an overview of the SEWA model that has been developed in response to these problems, to outline the strategies and process deployed and to give an honest account of the challenges faced. It ends with an overview of future plans and with wider policy recommendations for waste management solutions.

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Deepening Financial Inclusion – Evidence from Two States – A SEWA-UNDP Initiative

SEWA conducted this study that largely covers the current status of financial literacy and financial inclusion in two states namely, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. The study was focused on three aspects of financial inclusion that could lead to financial deepening viz. existing structures and level of financial literacy bringing out the need and necessity for it; existing level of financial or banking inclusion including usage of banking and other regulated products at an optimal cost and; use and understanding of different financial products profile including SCRIPT (Savings, Credit, Remittances, Insurance, Pensions and Transfers).

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Shram Jeevani: Women in the Informal Economy in Bihar

In an effort to make the hard working informal women labor in Bihar visible as workers, as enterprises and as contributors to the state and the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), SEWA Bharat in association with Government of Bihar conducted a study across the state.

The report was a cumulative approach to understand and recommend a decentralized approach to uplift and recognize the contribution and issues of women in informal labor.

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The Challenges of Maintaining Hygiene in Rural Bihar

Given widespread insecurities in water, latrine, and bathroom access a study was conducted to understand how these insecurities effect personal hygiene practices of poor women and girls in rural areas of Bihar. The study was carried out in 3 rural districts of Bihar (Bhagalpur, Munger, Katihar) to understand women’s daily and menstrual hygiene practices. 100 women and girls were surveyed and 6 focus group discussions (FGD) conducted. It focuses on hygiene practices of women not simply in their roles as mothers and caretakers of the sick and elderly but as individuals whose personal health, safety and dignity are also deeply impacted by WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) insecurities.

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SEWA Bharat Annual Report 2015-2016

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