IC4HD 2014 Human Development Fellowship for Mid-Career Professionals

03 Apr 2014

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The International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD) supports Human Development (HD) Fellowships to encourage research from a human development perspective and exchange of experiences among professionals from the Global South. 

The objectives of the IC4HD HD Fellowships are to:

  • Support innovative analytical work on a particular theme, which is selected every year, from the human development perspective
  • Identify actionable goals that could be prioritized in development initiatives in countries in the South based on the existing evidence and analysis
  • Promote South-South learning and sharing of expertise and experiences

The focus of the research supported under the 2014 Human Development Fellowship for Mid-Career Professionals is on well-defined aspects of human development under the theme of social security in countries of the Global South.

The IC4HD Fellowships are residential fellowships at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India. 

Three mid-career professionals from Asia-Pacific have received the IC4HD Fellowship for research that will focus on extending social security to the informal sector Lao PDR; integrating social protection and disaster resilience in Indonesia; and analysing social security systems in Nepal.

The mid-career professionals (designation at the time of the selection) who have been awarded the 2014 Human Development Fellowship are: 

  • Extending social security coverage to informal and self-employed workers in Lao PDR
    Mr Boungnorth Chanthavone, who works for the Social Security Organization, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Lao PDR, aims to analyse and suggest options to extend social security to informal sector and self-employed workers.

  • Social security from a human development perspective in disaster prone areas of Indonesia
    Mr Faisar Jihadi, who works for the Provincial Governance Strengthening Programme, Indonesia, aims to analyse how/if existing interventions have integrated social protection and disaster resilience concepts in their formulation and implementation in a disaster prone archipelagic country, such as Indonesia.

  • Exploring the contours of Nepal’s social security policy
    Mr Lokranjan Parajuli, who works at the Martin Chautari Research and Policy Institute, Nepal, aims to analyse the existing social security system in Nepal and its evolution. 
Projects and Initiaves
Supporting the International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD) (September 2012 - August 2015)

In partnership with the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, the project aims to set up an International Centre for Human Development in India to support efforts by governments of the South to integrate human development approaches and ensure improved development outcomes for poor and marginalized people.