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5  Jul  2017   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

Ecosystem for Impact Investing in India

 

Wednesday 5th July 2017, 2.30pm to 4pm, Room 32L.LG.04, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, LSE

Speaker: Mr Rana Kapoor (Founder, Managing Director & CEO of YES BANK)

Chair: Professor Lord Nicholas Stern (IG Patel Chair and Director, LSE India Observatory)

India has emerged as the third-largest startup ecosystem with about 4,200 tech startups alone. This entrepreneurship initiatives are also transcending into the social arena which along with ‘new-age’ financing models like ‘Impact Investing’ is expanding the grown of social entrepreneurs. Globally, Impact Investing has seen total Assets under Management (AuM) approximately 77.4 Bn, with India witnessing approximately 5.4 Bn of investments including Development Finance Institutions until 2015. Impact investments as a fraction of philanthropy is higher in India (about 9-12%) than globally (about 2%), and the investments have been made in about 300 Social Enterprises, with CleanTech and Financial Inclusion covering 90% of the ecosystem.

The government spent 6.7% of GDP on social sector in Financial Year 2015 and the recent policy impetus such as SIDBI Samridhi Fund (430 crore social venture capital fund). Thus India has the potential to be a $18-20bn market by 2020. With StartUp India, and StandUp India and other schemes (facilitate loans to Women and other disadvantaged groups) and through innovative frameworks like ‘Impact Investing’ that can help to boost the entrepreneurial spirit, it is now possible to concerted efforts toward overcoming India’s myriad societal challenges.

This event is free but registration through Eventbrite is required to attend.

For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

1  Dec  2016   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

Ten Years After the Stern Review: Economics, climate change and biodiversity

Nicholas Stern (India Observatory and LSE)

Co-organised with Government of Maharashtra and Sanctuary Nature Foundation

Discussion on the threats and prospects for development in an era of climate change.

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

16  Jun  2016   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

Maximizing the development outcomes of remittances: the role of multi-stakeholder approaches

Various Speakers 

About 250 million migrant workers live outside of their home countries. A significant majority of them send money home, impacting on average 4.5 people each in their countries of origin. Adding together all the millions of transactions involved, the World Bank estimates that these remittances surpassed US$450 billion to developing countries in 2015 and reached over a billion people.

Remittances increase the household income and living standards of those receiving them, providing additional funds for health, education, housing and investment. They now play a key role in the development agenda with the international community seeking to reduce costs (for example through the Sustainable Development Goal framework via target 10.c) and maximize the impact they can have on the individuals, communities and countries that receive them.

In recognition of this, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) proclaimed 16 June as the International Day of Family Remittances. To mark the day, this event will bring together speakers to discuss the potential of multi-stakeholder approaches – across sectors such as migration, banking, money transfer and development – in facilitating reliable and low-cost remittances, ensuring policy coherence and maximizing the outcomes of remittances.

Speakers will include Mohit Davar, Laura Hammond, Tauhid Pasha, Dilip Ratha and Carlos Vargas-Silva

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

16  Jun  2016   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

Dr Ambedkar’s Relevance Today and in the Future

Various Speakers 

Key Guest Speaker: Nobel Laureate and Bharat Ratna, Economist and Philosopher, Professor Amartya Sen

The Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations UK (FABO UK) in collaboration with the Inequality and Poverty Research Programme, Department of Anthropology at the LSE and the India Observatory at the LSE, are hosting an International Conference to mark the Centenary of Dr B R Ambedkar joining the LSE.

The aim of our Conference is to bring together academics, economists, business leaders, equality champions, politicians and women leaders to highlight the relevance of Dr Ambedkar’s work on the economic and social reforms in India and beyond; and to remove him from the pigeon-hole of ‘Leader of the Depressed Classes’ only.

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

10  May  2016   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

Rethinking the Global Monetary System

Raghuram Rajan (Governor of the Reserve Bank of India)

The global financial crisis has shaken up the international financial architecture. Regulatory changes and unconventional monetary policies have mainly served the interests of advanced economies. Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, would like to see more coordination to reduce volatility and a more effective "global safety net" to protect those most vulnerable. Organised with IGA, South Asia Centre and the High Commission of India.

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

14  Apr  2016   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

A More Sustainable Energy Strategy for India

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

An important achievement of the UNFCCC meeting in Paris was that for the first time all countries, including developing countries, submitted the actions they proposed to take to reduce emissions in the form of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

14  Oct  2015   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

India: The Sustainable Green Growth Challenge

Jairam Ramesh (Former Minister of Environment and Forests, Government of India)

The debate on whether to privilege economic growth over ecological security is passé. Environmental considerations must be at the heart of economic growth, especially for a country of 1.25 billion people destined to add another 400 million by the middle of the century. Jairam Ramesh's new book Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India chronicles the ‘1991 moment’ in India’s environmental decision-making, telling the story of how, for the first time, the doors of the environment ministry were opened to voices, hitherto unheard, into the policy-making process. It details efforts to change the way environment is viewed both by proponents of environmental security and those who prize economic growth at all costs.

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

8  Dec  2014   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

The Book of Gold Leaves: In conversation with Mirza Waheed

Mirza Waheed (Novelist and Journalist)

Acclaimed novelist Mirza Waheed will be introducing his new novel The Book of Gold Leaves: a book of piercing lyricism, a story of the impossible choice between personal duty and romantic love. ‘Waheed writes about war with a devastating and unflinching calm, with the melancholy wisdom of someone attuned to but never hardened by its horrors’ The Guardian ‘Like his great-grandfather's gold painting, Waheed's work will undoubtedly endure’ Financial Times

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

22  Sep  2014   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

The Bihar Story: Resurrection of the State, Inclusion and Growth

Jitan Ram Manjhi (Chief Minister of Bihar)

Co-organised with International Growth Centre

In the not so distant past, the Indian state of Bihar was a byword for lawlessness, poverty, and absence of governance. Over the last decade or so, the state has demonstrated a remarkable turnaround and has consistently been amongst the fastest growing states in the country. The Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Jitan Ram Manjhi, will talk about the process that has led to this transformation and what this means for the people of Bihar.

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

3  Apr  2014   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

Transforming Indian Cities: Challenges and opportunities

Isher Judge Ahluwalia

Co-hosted with International Growth Centre

Urban areas are integral to India’s growth and development, accounting for around two-thirds of the country’s GDP. Yet the country’s cities face severe challenges and are desperately in need of transformation. Isher Ahluwalia has been involved in efforts to make cities and urbanisation more central to the national policy agenda. Her recent book, Transforming Our Cities: Postcards of Change is published by Harper Collins and highlights stories of hope from a diverse range of Indian cities. For this lecture, Isher Ahluwalia will outline insights from her book to offer an analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing Indian cities at this critical juncture.

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

20  Jan  2014   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

The New Bihar: Rekindling Governance and Development

Various Speakers 

6.30pm to 8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Panellists: Daniel Alexander, Karan Bilimoria, Ranjan Mathai, Suhel Seth and NK Singh

Chair: Nicholas Stern

During the 1990s, the state of Bihar in India failed to benefit from the acceleration in India’s economic growth and in fact, slowed compared to the 1980s, principally because of a steep decline in the already low standards of governance. Bihar governance and economic performance changed dramatically after November 2005, when the Nitish Kumar government came to power. Within a short time, major initiatives were launched in improving governance, infrastructure, education especially primary and for girl children, health and agriculture. Significant improvements in law and order presumably induced and allowed a resurgence of economic activity in construction, trade and hotels/restaurants, and this has boosted the prospects for growth and development in this state.

In The New Bihar, N.K. Singh and Nicholas Stern have put together a collection of perspective essays by eminent scholars on the emerging Bihar model of development – its achievements, shortcomings and challenges. Eminent economists analyse the remarkable turnaround witnessed by Bihar – Amartya Sen provides a historical background of Bihar’s distinguished past, Kaushik Basu discusses the decline of Bihar in recent history and the turnaround since 2005. Meghnad Desai, Shankar Acharya and Arvind Virmani document how the state reversed its fortunes toward growth. Isher Judge Ahluwalia argues for a high rate of urbanisation to take the development story forward.

The panel will discuss the economic developments in recent years and future prospects for growth in Bihar.

For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

17  Oct  2013   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

India at a Political Crossroads: The Countdown to the 2014 General Election

Sumantra Bose (Department of Government, LSE)

This event marks the publication of Professor Bose's new book Transforming India: Challenges to the World’s Largest Democracy.

A nation of 1.25 billion people composed of numerous ethnic, linguistic, religious, and caste communities, India is the world’s most diverse democracy. Drawing on his extensive fieldwork and experience of Indian politics, Sumantra Bose tells the story of democracy’s evolution in India since the 1950s - and describes the many challenges it faces in the early twenty-first century.

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

26  Jun  2013   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

An Uncertain Glory: The economic and social condition of modern India

Amartya Sen (Harvard University)

Maintaining rapid as well as environmentally sustainable growth remains an important and achievable goal for India. In this lecture, based on his new book written with Professor Jean Drèze, An Uncertain Glory, Sen will argue that the country's main problems lie elsewhere, particularly in the lack of attention that is paid to the essential needs of the people, especially the poor. One of the biggest failures has been the very inadequate use of the public resources generated by economic growth to expand India's lagging physical and social infrastructure (in sharp contrast, for example, to what China has done): there is a continued inadequacy both of social services such as schooling, medical care and immunization, and of physical services such as the provision of safe water, electricity, drainage and sanitation. Even as India has overtaken other countries in its rate of growth, because of these inadequacies it has, the book shows, fallen behind many of the same countries - often very poor ones - in quality of life.

Because of the importance of democracy in India, addressing these failures will require not only significant policy rethinking by the government, but also a better public understanding of the abysmal extent of social and economic deprivations. The deep inequalities in Indian society tend to constrict public discussion in India's vibrant media to the lives and concerns of the relatively affluent. Dreze and Sen argue that if there is to be more effective democratic practice, there has to be a clearer understanding of the severity of human deprivations in India.

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

18  Jun  2013   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

The Future of Asian Financial Markets in a Changing World

Zhu Min (International Monetary Fund)

Mr Zhu will review broad global trends and argue that globally we may be witnessing a fundamental shift in the direction of change. This shift will be analysed using several perspectives, including clusters and spillovers. Implications on global gravity, deleveraging, and growth will be discussed. Mr Zhu will also focus on the financial sector in Asia. After reviewing the current structure of the financial sector, he will discuss key challenges the sector is facing in Asia, including what the needs of the region are and how the financial sector can meet them, regulatory and supervisory challenges, regional integration, and participation on the global markets. Mr Zhu will conclude with the role of the Fund in helping Asia shape the future of its financial markets.

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For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

11  Jun  2013   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

Responsible Corporations: Wealth and public good

Various Speakers 

9.30am to 11am, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

In India, business has never been just about wealth creation. Besides being engines of growth, corporations and their founders have long played a role in addressing pertinent social issues of their time. India is set to become one of the world’s leading producers of wealth, and with this has come renewed scrutiny of the role of businesses and their promoters. The adoption of legislation making CSR spending mandatory has also provided both new impetus and new challenges. This roundtable brings together business leaders, practitioners and academics to discuss the business of philanthropy. This discussion marks the launch of Revealing Indian Philanthropy, a new book co-edited by UBS and the India Observatory at the London School of Economics with contributions from leading Indian philanthropists.

Panellists

Mr Mathieu Cantegreil is Knowledge Manager in the Philanthropy and Value-based Investing team at UBS, AG.

Mr Dweep Chanana is Director in the Philanthropy and Value-based Investing team at UBS, AG

Mr S. Gopalakrishnan is President of Confederation of Indian Industry.

Mr Farhad Forbes is Director of Forbes Marshall Private Limited.

Dr Ruth Kattumuri is Co-Director of LSE India Observatory.

Mr Alok Kirloskar is Managing Director of SPP Pumps Limited.

Mr R Mukundan is Managing Director of Tata Chemicals Limited.

Mr Shankar Vanavarayar is President of Kamaraguru College of Technology.

For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

10  Jun  2013   LSE India Observatory Public Lecture

Revealing Indian Philanthropy

Various Speakers 

6pm to 7.30pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

From supporting the establishment of modern India to the innovative work of recent years, philanthropy has played, and continues to play, a critical role in the development of India. As the country is set to become one of the world’s leading producers of wealth it should therefore come as no surprise if it also takes the lead in philanthropy. However, philanthropy in the country remains largely unknown compared to other leading philanthropic nations. To mark the launch of the new book Revealing Indian Philanthropy which is available for download, this event will discuss the imaginative culture of giving in India and explore the influences shaping its future.

Panellists

Mrs Rajashree Birla is Chairperson of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development.

Mr Dweep Chanana is Director in the Philanthropy and Value-based Investing team at UBS, AG

Dr Ruth Kattumuri is Co-Director of the LSE India Observatory.

Mr Gautam Kumar is Head, Global South Asia, UBS Wealth Management.

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern is the IG Patel Chair of Economics and Government and Director of the LSE India Observatory.

For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.