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Break down the barriers to trade in South Asia
Mar 14, 2014

Break down the barriers to trade in South Asia

Enabling greater free trade and removing NTBs should be undertaken with the goal of not just regional integration and growth but also development of communities, employment and poverty alleviation across South Asia.

Breaking barriers: Gender, health rights and climate change at crossroads
Apr 05, 2024

Breaking barriers: Gender, health rights and climate change at crossroads

Adopting holistic approaches to address the interlinkages between health and other gender-sensitive SDG targets is key to achieving equitable and sust

Bridging the gap: Addressing international barriers to climate action projects in the developing world
Dec 12, 2017

Bridging the gap: Addressing international barriers to climate action projects in the developing world

This report is part of the Observer Research Foundation’s “Financing Green Transitions” series which aims to find potential linkages between private capital, in all its forms, and climate action projects. The series will primarily examine domestic and international barriers to private capital entry for mitigation oriented climate projects, while also examining potential avenues for private capital flow entry towards adaptation and resilienc

Great walls: Addressing domestic barriers to climate action projects in India
Dec 11, 2017

Great walls: Addressing domestic barriers to climate action projects in India

This report is part of the Observer Research Foundation’s “Financing Green Transitions” series which aims to find potential linkages between private capital, in all its forms, and climate action projects. The series will primarily examine domestic and international barriers to private capital entry for mitigation oriented climate projects, while also examining potential avenues for private capital flow entry towards adaptation and resilienc

A guidebook on Pacific diplomacy: India looks to the ‘Far East’
Jul 24, 2023

A guidebook on Pacific diplomacy: India looks to the ‘Far East’

Since his assumption to power in 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been slowly stretching the arm of the country’s foreign policy into Pacific waters in furtherance of the ‘Act East’ policy. While India’s relationship with the Pacific island states (read, not Australia and New Zealand) is quite unestablished, Modi is attempting to set the foundations for prosperous future cooperation. In the form of a guidebook for India on Pa

A Roadmap for India’s Climate Cooperation with Pacific Small Island Developing States
Aug 16, 2023

A Roadmap for India’s Climate Cooperation with Pacific Small Island Developing States

Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) are highly vulnerable to disasters emanating from the impacts of climate change, geopolitical tensions, and fluctuations in global energy markets. To overcome this, the PSIDS have committed to ambitious carbon reduction targets, and to adopting renewable energy and low carbon emission initiatives. However, they must contend with critical barriers, such as the lack of finance, capacity, and te

Are Anganwadis ready to provide quality early childhood education?
Jan 24, 2024

Are Anganwadis ready to provide quality early childhood education?

Increasing public spending on early childhood care and education and empowering India’s Anganwadis is important to ensure that quality early educati

Democracy as an impetus for empowerment: Dissecting the women’s representation dilemma
Mar 07, 2024

Democracy as an impetus for empowerment: Dissecting the women’s representation dilemma

Despite the rise in women's participation and representation in politics in recent decades, further sustained efforts to remove the persisting structu

Ending AIDS: An intersectional approach needed to ‘equalise’
Dec 02, 2022

Ending AIDS: An intersectional approach needed to ‘equalise’

The eradication of AIDS by 2030 appears a formidable challenge as social barriers stand in the way of equitable access to healthcare

Enhancing Trade and Development in India’s Northeast
Jun 17, 2021

Enhancing Trade and Development in India’s Northeast

The strategic location of India’s North Eastern Region (NER) offers ample opportunities for enhancing the country’s economic ties. However, supply-chain constraints at the regional level hamper the trade-growth linkages, as do trade barriers, social unrest, and inadequate infrastructure. Enhancing and improving commercial exchanges with neighbouring countries, such as Bangladesh and Myanmar, will strengthen bilateral and regional networks. Th

EU-India FTA: GDPR’s trade barrier needs to be dealt with
Mar 12, 2024

EU-India FTA: GDPR’s trade barrier needs to be dealt with

Official effort must be made to make Indian firms aware and capable of dealing with GDPR compliance

Financial Inclusion of Women: Current Evidence from India
Aug 17, 2023

Financial Inclusion of Women: Current Evidence from India

Financial inclusion is critical to achieving the economic empowerment of women—one of the targets under the fifth Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality. In India, one in every five women lack access to a bank account. Although the country’s programmes promoting financial inclusion have increased the percentage of women having access to a bank account, wide gaps remain in account use, and access to savings and credit. Women c

For a ‘win-win’ situation in health, India and China don’t need a ‘Medicine God’
Jul 27, 2018

For a ‘win-win’ situation in health, India and China don’t need a ‘Medicine God’

More research is needed to understand the barriers that Indian companies are facing in China.

Gender Parity in the Entrepreneurship Cycle in Kenya
Jun 06, 2022

Gender Parity in the Entrepreneurship Cycle in Kenya

Gender disparities in Kenya’s entrepreneurship cycle are a manifestation of both the historical marginalisation of women and the structural barriers limiting equal participation in the economy. Recent progress in the legal framework has been suboptimal in closing the gender gaps, as seen in the persistent inequalities in formal employment and the high concentration of unlicensed women-owned enterprises in the informal sector. The inequalities a

Green protectionism in the Global North: Implications for the Global South
Dec 05, 2023

Green protectionism in the Global North: Implications for the Global South

The barriers erected by the Global North are intended to facilitate domestic investment in green energy industries but they will curtail the productio

India’s Open Credit Enablement Network as a Model to Empower MSMEs in Emerging Economies
Oct 09, 2023

India’s Open Credit Enablement Network as a Model to Empower MSMEs in Emerging Economies

India’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) sector is a key driver of the country’s economic and social development by fostering entrepreneurship and generating substantial employment opportunities at comparatively lower capital costs. However, inadequate access to finance is one of the most crucial barriers to the sector’s growth. Recent developments in digital public infrastructure in India could present new solutions to boost MSM

Indo-Pacific and financing SDG 4: Another brick in the wall?
Jan 24, 2024

Indo-Pacific and financing SDG 4: Another brick in the wall?

Although financing infrastructure in the developing economies of the Indo-Pacific region has become an increasing international priority, quality educ

International Women’s Day: How India can invest in her women, accelerate everyone’s progress
Mar 12, 2024

International Women’s Day: How India can invest in her women, accelerate everyone’s progress

‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’ is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. This is a clarion call with particular resonance for India given the barriers to women’s economic participation. Imagine the extraordinary economic tailwinds that can be generated for India if these barriers are dismantled and women have access to capital and technology and supportive public policy frameworks

Keep cyberSpace free
Sep 12, 2013

Keep cyberSpace free

CyberSpace is a free-wheeling mind-Space at the cutting edge of innovation precisely because of the absence of sovereignty and artificial barriers. Declaring sovereignty here is as absurd as extending one's jurisdiction deep into the minds of others.

Leaving no one behind: Transgender inclusion in India's sustainable development
Nov 28, 2023

Leaving no one behind: Transgender inclusion in India's sustainable development

Implementing inclusive policies aligned with SDGs is crucial to counteract discrimination against transgender in India

Local political economy biggest non-tariff barrier
Mar 04, 2014

Local political economy biggest non-tariff barrier

To check non-tariff barriers in the south Asian region, India being the largest economy in the region must take the lead, but other partners must extend cooperation and come together on a common platform.

Medical education in India: Democratisation through public infrastructure creation
Jan 24, 2024

Medical education in India: Democratisation through public infrastructure creation

By increasing the number of medical colleges and subsequently the healthcare workforce, India is working towards ensuring enhanced healthcare access f

Multilateral trade: Promising or in peril?
Jan 28, 2020

Multilateral trade: Promising or in peril?

The WTO architecture, as it stands today, will experience varied changes, some quite deep. We will see a period of a cycle of apathy and chaos until a

Patenting the Cure: At what cost?
Jun 07, 2020

Patenting the Cure: At what cost?

If a vaccine or a treatment is to be created, is there a possibility that patent rights could restrict access to the cure across the world? Much depen

Privacy, property and sovereignty in the cyber age
Oct 08, 2013

Privacy, property and sovereignty in the cyber age

CyberSpace is a free-wheeling mind- Space at the cutting edge of innovation precisely because of the absence of sovereignty and artificial barriers. Declaring sovereignty here is as absurd as extending one's jurisdiction deep into the minds of others.

Quality rules in India: Trade, technical regulations and consumer protection
Aug 21, 2023

Quality rules in India: Trade, technical regulations and consumer protection

India’s competitiveness in manufacturing and the success of ‘Make in India’ depend on its ability to produce high-quality products and services. Product quality is important for human health and consumer safety, as well as for protecting the climate and the environment. One way of ensuring that products and services meet certain standards is through technical regulations with mandatory compliance. However, technical regulations also have th

RCEP: The best way forward for Modi's 'Act East' Policy
Jan 06, 2015

RCEP: The best way forward for Modi's 'Act East' Policy

In the light of the fact that India is not a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it is important for the country to forge a deal in RCEP. In the current scenario, there have been increasing attempts by Indo-Pacific region members to voice growing concerns regarding Non Tariff barriers hindering trade prospects in the regional bloc.

South Asia Weekly Report | Volume XII; Issue 22
Jun 04, 2019

South Asia Weekly Report | Volume XII; Issue 22

Exploring Bhutan’s transnational trade barriers, Afghanistan’s dismal healthcare facilities and other recent developments from South Asia.

The slowdown in renewable capacity addition in India: Secular trend or cyclical flux?
May 09, 2024

The slowdown in renewable capacity addition in India: Secular trend or cyclical flux?

Recent headlines show India's renewable energy, especially solar, is slowing despite optimism. The government's coal focus hints at a shift.

The Technological Revolution and Its Impact on Gender Relations with a Special Focus on India and Africa
Sep 14, 2023

The Technological Revolution and Its Impact on Gender Relations with a Special Focus on India and Africa

The technology revolution of the 20th century minimised the importance of geographical, economic, social and political barriers and reduced transaction and information costs thus boosting productivity and growth, making governance more transparent and empowering the citizen. It propelled not only democracy, but also the market economy. Its impact on social relations, especially on gender relations, was significant, with the commodification of lab

The World in Disarray: Is This the End of Multilateralism for Trade?
Aug 14, 2023

The World in Disarray: Is This the End of Multilateralism for Trade?

Russia’s war on Ukraine, interrupted value chains, and increased regionalisation are putting pressures on the already-strained multilateral trading system. Though a strong World Trade Organization (WTO) is needed to navigate these challenges, the organisation risks becoming irrelevant if far-reaching reforms are not implemented as soon as possible. In the short- and medium-term, WTO members must agree on limiting export barriers, especi

The World Trade Organisation: Developing countries availing special and differential treatment
Nov 01, 2021

The World Trade Organisation: Developing countries availing special and differential treatment

WTO needs to develop a set of parameters to ascertain which countries qualify as “developing” in order to wind up the challenge associated with S&

The ‘Smart Economics’ of Moving Women from the Private to the Public Sphere
Mar 07, 2024

The ‘Smart Economics’ of Moving Women from the Private to the Public Sphere

Despite advancements in legislation and representation over the last decades, women continue to face barriers in accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare, legal protection against violence, and leadership roles. In the economic sphere, gender disparities persist in labour force participation, job sectors, wages, and unpaid care work. Women are constrained in participating in the labour market as their social role remains attached to domestic

Time to Boost India-Bangladesh Trade and Economic Relations
Jul 28, 2023

Time to Boost India-Bangladesh Trade and Economic Relations

Among India's neighbours, Bangladesh occupies a special position not only because of India's role in its liberation but because geographically, too, it surrounds Bangladesh from three sides. The beginning of close economic relations between the two countries can be traced back to 1971. After its independence, Bangladesh's requirements of consumer goods, especially food, came from India. Over the years, the country has sought easier access to Indi

Untying the Gordian knot: Catalysing green energy investments in emerging and developing economies
Dec 15, 2017

Untying the Gordian knot: Catalysing green energy investments in emerging and developing economies

This report is part of the Observer Research Foundation’s “Financing Green Transitions” series which aims to find potential linkages between private capital, in all its forms, and climate action projects. The series will primarily examine domestic and international barriers to private capital entry for mitigation oriented climate projects, while also examining potential avenues for private capital flow entry towards adaptation and resilienc

US-India defence cooperation beyond the legacy of Ash Carter
Oct 29, 2013

US-India defence cooperation beyond the legacy of Ash Carter

The US has done some serious weight-lifting to break down its own barriers to closer defence ties with India, and has taken away the plank that it isn't sincere. Can India do the same? Dr. Carter and his team have left a legacy which can be built upon. It is just the end of the beginning.

इंडो-पॅसिफिक आणि SDG4 वित्तपुरवठा: समस्येत आणखी भर?
Feb 08, 2024

इंडो-पॅसिफिक आणि SDG4 वित्तपुरवठा: समस्येत आणखी भर?

इंडो-पॅसिफिक प्रदेशातील विकसनशील अर्थव्यवस्थांमध्ये प�

नेपाळचा चीनशी सावधगिरीचा करार
Oct 21, 2023

नेपाळचा चीनशी सावधगिरीचा करार

पंतप्रधान दहल यांनी त्यांच्या अलीकडच्या दौऱ्यात चीनसोब

बाल्यावस्थेतील दर्जेदार शिक्षण देण्याकरता अंगणवाड्या सज्ज आहेत का?
Feb 21, 2024

बाल्यावस्थेतील दर्जेदार शिक्षण देण्याकरता अंगणवाड्या सज्ज आहेत का?

बाल्यावस्थेतील निगा आणि शिक्षण यांवरील सार्वजनिक खर्चा