Projects in South Asia

Find here details on concluded projects in all of our three main working areas.

 Agriculture, Completed

FOUNDATION OF AGRARIAN STUDIES | Women in rural areas have especially felt the ramifications of globalisation and economic liberalisation. The research on women in agriculture, however, does not reflect the complex changes that are occurring with respect to their work and livelihood. The project was completed in 2018.

 Agriculture, Completed

FOCUS ON THE GLOBAL SOUTH | For farmers in India, it has become increasingly difficult to earn a living. Our partner Focus on the Global South supports small-scale farmers and advocates for a change in public opinion and policy, so that sustainable forms of agriculture become more viable for the farmers. The project was completed in 2018.

 Completed, Society

CENTRE FOR NEPAL STUDIES | The Centre for Nepal Studies seeks to provide an open space for Nepali youth to come together, discuss, and learn more about current political issues. While our partner’s research and workshops lies on theoretical and practical questions of the contemporary political left, the centre also aims at establishing a network of intellectuals, political actors and youth activists in Nepal. The project was completed in 2018.

 Completed, Society

CENTRE FOR EQUITY STUDIES | Despite considerable economic growth in recent years, many of India’s citizens still struggle to get access to basic public goods. Our partner, the Centre for Equity Studies, examines how state institutions fail to provide equal access to necessities like healthcare, sanitation and safe working conditions. The project was completed in 2018.

 Completed, Labour

SOCIETY FOR LABOUR AND DEVELOPMENT | Every year, millions of people in India leave their villages in order to find work in urban areas. Often, they belong to the most deprived and vulnerable social groups. Together with the Society for Labour and Development, RLS has supported migrant workers in asserting their rights. The project was concluded in 2018.

 Completed, Society

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MAHANIRBAN CALCUTTA RESEARCH GROUP | For a long time, India did not pay much attention to its eastern neighbours and had a difficult relationship with China. Since the late 1990s however, India has begun to increase its engagement and seeks to foster strategic relations with countries in South East Asia. The project was completed in 2018.

 Completed, Society

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF DALIT STUDIES | Despite laws to protect marginalised groups in India, such as Muslims or Dalits (formally known as ‘Untouchables’), they still face widespread discrimination in India. Especially with regard to economic status, they live in poverty being affected by discrimination on the labour market. The project was completed in 2018.

 

 Completed, Society

CENTRE FOR WOMEN´S DEVELOPMENT STUDIES | Gender issues have increasingly become part of the Indian public debate in the last years. Despite growing public support for women’s rights, gender inequality remains strongly reinforced by patriarchal societal structures and social norms. The project was completed in 2018.

 

 Completed, Society

SOUTH ASIAN UNIVERSITY | In recent year, the Indian education system has been undergoing an extensive neoliberal transformation. Today, almost one third of all student attend private schools. In order to develop viable alternative methods of education, RLS collaborated with the South Asian University on a pilot project for the development of an alternative curriculum. The project was completed in 2015.

 Completed, Labour

MONTFORD SOCIAL INSTITUTE | Most of the female domestic workers in India work under precarious conditions. Although laws and rules regulating their employment have been strengthened over the last years, domestic workers often remain isolated and at the mercy of their employers. The project was completed in 2015.

 Completed, Society

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SCHOOL OF WOMEN´S STUDIES | Gender plays a crucial role in the Indian labour market. The choice of profession, migration pattern or participation in workers’ unions are all fundamentally influenced by gender roles and expectations. The project was completed in 2015.

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