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    FutureWORKS Collective: Charting New Frontiers in the Global South

    As global labour markets continue to undergo transition induced by rapid technological advancement and climate change, there is not enough research that captures the diverse experiences of the Global South. The FutureWORKS Collective, funded by IDRC Canada, is a consortium of research organisations that will fill this lacuna. The JustJobs Network is proud to be the coordinator of this initiative that underscores the urgency of adapting research and policies to the realities of the Global South.


    The working life

    JJN’s President and Executive Director Sabina Dewan was a guest on The Work Life podcast by HT Smartcast. She spoke to Devina Sengupta about the employment crisis, the changing world of work, and how women are faring in this dynamic landscape.

    Data story

    Employment, Growth, and Gender: Exploring the Dynamics of Bihar’s Economy

    Bihar’s economic growth trajectory has outpaced the national average. Yet women's employment outcomes reveal persisting challenges. This data story digs deeper and highlights the gender disparities that continue to persist in employment.

    by Swati Bothra

    Labour laws could be good for business in the country

    Recent discontent in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar has been manifesting in a different kind of collective action: ‘job riots’. Perhaps this is unsurprising, given the employment crisis that plagues India, but the crisis in UP is in the spotlight because the state is in the throes of a high-stakes election.


    Labour Regulations need Both Clarity and Uniformity

    Labour regulations in India are as sensitive a subject as they are complex and cumbersome. Workers are often rightly identified as the lifeblood of any organization or industry.


    Research in the COVID-19 Context. Adaptive Methods and Ethical Considerations

    The Women, Work, and the Gig Economy research consortium - supported by the International Development Research Centre, Canada (IDRC), coordinated by JustJobs Network - has released a brief on methodological and ethical questions of how to adapt research to the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    by Mukta Naik

    A Just Jobs Index for India – How Do Indian States Fare in the Creation of Good Jobs?

    A comprehensive, data-driven tool, the State-level JustJobs Index is meant to rally stakeholders around urgent action to address the nation's jobs crisis.

    by Sabina Dewan, Divya Prakash

    Modi govt didn’t address jobs crisis in the first term. India’s progress depends on it now

    India needs a National Employment Strategy with ministries made to submit to PMO annual action plans on how they will realise the goals.


    The Evolving Discourse on Job Quality From Normative Frameworks to Measurement Indicators: The Indian Example

    This paper highlights the evolving discourse of job quality and how it fits the Indian context.

    by Sabina Dewan, Divya Prakash

    More than formalising informal jobs, we need to create productive ones

    India’s labour markets are as multifaceted as the nation itself. But the tidy binary between informality and formality posits informality as always bad with poor quality work and lack of skill with low productivity and wages

    by Sabina Dewan, Partha Mukhopadhyay

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