Across the world, the nature of urban planning and city governance depends a lot on how power is distributed among tiers of government. India and Indonesia have both pursued strategies to “decentralize” their governments and invest local authorities with more power. Those policies and their effects, however, look different across the two countries.
In recent decades, megacities in India and Indonesia—the world’s largest developing country democracies—have grown increasingly inaccessible to rural-urban migrants. For anyone who hasn’t obtained higher levels of education, the potential wage boost in moving from a rural area to a big city has been eroded by increasing skill demands in the labor market and higher costs of living. Small cities, meanwhile, pose fewer barriers for rural-urban migrants.
Cities are often seen as sites of emancipation and freedom for women, as compared to the social restrictions of the village and the hard manual labour of working on the farm. Small cities might not offer the level of freedoms women experience in the metropolis, they do, however, create specific opportunities for young women to access non-farm work. A gender inclusive planning and governance framework is urgently needed to leverage the potential for improving women’s work outcomes in these places.
It is already commonly acknowledged in migration studies that instead of one-time long-term movements from one place to another, migration is increasingly complex in pattern and duration. We find that small cities lie at the cusp of multiple mobilities, acting as origin points, destinations as well as transit points for migrant youth.
June 21, 2019
10:00AM - 01:00PM
India International Centre
As a new government prepares to confront the massive challenge creating “just jobs” – productive employment with commensurate compensation and scope for economic mobility – the JustJobs Network (JJN) launched an innovative new data-driven tool to measuring the quantity and quality of jobs in India: The State-level Just Jobs Index (S-JJI).
May 31, 2019
The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), collaborating with JJN in an ongoing research project on Inclusive Industrialisation for ASEAN which focuses on the global value chain hosted a research workshop in Myanmar to present the initial findings of the project to local stakeholders involved in the garment sector.