Education as a Driver towards Poverty Alleviation, Sustainable Economic Growth, and Reducing Inequality


Workshop Partner

The CEE-GIDR workshop looked at three key Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) namely (SDG-1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere; SDG-8:Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; and, SDG-10: Reduce inequality within and among countries). The common thread running through these themes are equal access to opportunities to the most vulnerable analysed through the prism of the education as a driver for change.

Specifically the workshop focused on:

  • Education as a driver to create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies to support accelerated investment.  (Target 1b)
  • Education as a driver for achieving high economic productivity through diversification, upgraded technologies and innovation. Promoting development related policies using education as a driver to support productive activities, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation and encouraging the formalization and growth of micro- small- and medium-sized enterprises (Target 8.2, 8.3, and 8.9). These goals are to be achieved through appropriate skill and entrepreneurship development with the help of suitable policies aimed towards creation of jobs that promote local culture and products by 2030.
  • By the same target year, the other goals envisage that the poor and vulnerable to have equal rights for economic resources and have control over land and other forms of property and natural resources. In this context, laws, policies and practices are to be discussed that aim toward building resilience which may reduce the exposure and vulnerability of the poor to climate related extreme events, environmental shocks and disasters. (Target 1.4, 1.5 and 10.3)

Workshop Activities and Outcomes 
The workshop shared innovative cases, approaches, strategies and learning in how education has been as been a driver of change toward the specific outcomes. This involved identifying initiatives, means, strategies for scaling up experiments and good practices. These processes also facilitated creation of networks of policy makers and practitioners working on these goals to explicitly identify the possible areas where education could be driver to achieve the ends. 

CEE Focal point: Rejini Simpson, Annie Gregory
s.rejini@ceeindia.org,annie.gregory@ceeindia.org



Workshop Sessions

Time/Date

11/1/2016 (Monday)

12/1/2016 (Tuesday)

13/1/2016 (Wednesday)

0800-0900

Registration

Registration

 

0930-1045

Inaugural Plenary
Setting the Tone

Plenary 2
Measurement, Indicators, Tracking Progress

Session V
Panel Discussion: Reducing Inequality
Discussants:
Sudarshan Iyengar, Ex-vice chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith

Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment

Apoorva Oza, Chief Executive at Aga Khan Rural Support Programme(India)

1045-1115

Tea Break

1115-1315

Plenary 1
SDGs and Role of Education

Session III
Panel Discussion: Artisans and Entrepreneurship
Discussants:
Ashoke Chatterjee, Former Executive Director, National Institute of Design

Keshab Das, Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research

Meera Goradia, Director, KHAMIR

Dinesh Awasthi, Visiting Professor, Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research
Meagan Carnahan Fallone, CEO Barefoot College International

Session VI
Panel Discussion: Recommendations
Discussants:
Vivek Wadekar, Commissioner Income Tax, Government of Gujarat

R.Parthasarathy, Director, Gujarat Institute of Development Research

Ashoke Chatterjee, Former
Executive Director, National Institute
of Design

Leela Visaria, Honorary Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research

Kiran Desai, Senior Programme Director, Centre for Environment Education

1115-1430

Lunch Break

1430-1445

Inaugural by Yoginder K Alagh, Chancellor of Central University, Gujarat
Introduction and overview to CEE/GIDR sessions
R.Parthasarathy, Director, Gujarat Institute of Development Research

Session IV
Panel Discussion: Skills and Entrepreneurship Development
Discussants:
Tara Nair, Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research

P. Sivakumar, Assistant Professor
Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development (RGNIYD)

Jayanti Ravi, IAS, Commissioner Principal Secretary, Rural Development, Govt. of Gujarat

 

 

High Tea

1445-1600

Session I
Panel Discussion: Access and Empowerment
Discussants:
Yoginder K Alagh, Chancellor of Central University, Gujarat

Leela Visaria, Honorary Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research

Chandrika Bahadur, Director, Education Initiatives, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN)

1600-1630

Tea Break

1630-1730

Session II
Panel Discussion: Rights
Discussants:
Itishree Pattnaik, Assistant Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research

Shilpa Vasavada, Convenor, Working Group for Women and Land Ownership

Kishore Joshi, Professor of the Economics of Higher Education, MK Bhavnagar University

Plenary 3

 

 

* Workshops’ Recommendations are in the draft stage, and open to comments and feedback.