IC4HD 2014 Human Development Fellowship for Young Professionals

08 Aug 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 Young 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.

Four young professionals from Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Arab States have been awarded the IC4HD Fellowship for research that will focus on social security. The highlights of the research they will undertake during the fellowship period are the following:

  • Swetha Kolluri (from India) will consider social security strategies for waste pickers in India. The research aims to analyse various development strategies adopted for social security of waste pickers in India, and the existing legal and policy framework in which waste pickers operate. The focus is on strategies adopted by collectives and sustainability, and going beyond collectives, on the need to provide social security for this group of population and promote an enhancement of their living standards. The focus will be on the Indian experience although an effort will be made to identify success stories from other countries from the Global South and within India.
  • Wan Ya Shin (from Malaysia) will consider the existing social security schemes available in Malaysia. The research aims to assess how different needs of men and women, at different points of time of the life-cycle, are recognised and met through social security schemes. The research also aims to assess which schemes aim to protect the vulnerable groups in Malaysia and assess these schemes through the life-cycle approach. The research aims to consider issues of coverage and equity to highlight how/if these schemes are contributing to improve the quality of people’s lives in Malaysia.  
  • Ramsohok Hemlata (from Mauritius) will consider the existing social security schemes in Mauritius. The research aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the current social security schemes in addressing the need of the vulnerable with a particular emphasis on women and children. The research also aims to draw on the experience of countries which have a well-designed social security system, particularly those which are facing the problem of an ageing population, as is the case in Mauritius.
  • Ines Ayari (from Tunisia) will consider the social security system(s) in Egypt in the post-revolution. The research aims to consider if Egypt’s social protection system(s) have been able to prevent people from falling into poverty especially in the context of the social shocks that are linked to political shocks-in the context of 2011 revolution and the regime changes it brought. The paper aims to consider how social security of citizens could be improved and how/if these efforts could be best supported by the donors.  


About the International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD)
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The International Centre for Human Development is a partnership between the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Centre envisions itself as a “think and do” organization that promotes policy dialogue on human development in the Global South and works towards translating human development analysis into action.

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