February 5, 2016

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SAI News
Solutions for women's empowerment
From January 28 to 30, SAI and the Tata Trusts hosted a capacity building workshop in Mumbai with 50 organizations that do groundbreaking work on issues like improving access to secondary education for young girls, addressing gender-based violence, and economic empowerment through home-based industries.
"It's time to raise our voices"
On February 3, SAI hosted a discussion on the issues surrounding the suicide of Rohith Vemula, and to express solidarity with student and faculty protesters at Hyderabad University. Panelists discussed the need for a widespread conversation among the Indian diaspora about caste issues and the role of higher education institutions.
Education is becoming an extremist battleground in Pakistan
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, SAI Steering Committee member Asim Khwaja, Harvard Kennedy School, argues that the Taliban's attacks on schools and colleges in Pakistan are a particularly dangerous threat to that nation's future.
Read more.
Upcoming SAI Events
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Why Regional Parties? Clientelism, Elites, and the Indian Party System
TODAY, Friday, Feb. 5, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, CGIS Knafel, K354, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics
Adam Ziegfeld, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
Cosponsored with Brown University, MIT, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
India Conference at Harvard
Saturday, February 6 - Sunday, February 7, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School
The conference will bring together business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists, and many other leaders to engage in a conversation about India's path to Global leadership.
The Cross-Dressing God
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, CGIS K262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Arts Seminar
Devdutt Pattanaik, Author, Mythologist, Artist
Chair:  Gokul Madhavan , Preceptor in Sanskrit, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
A reception will follow in the CGIS Knafel Concourse, where an e xhibit  will be on display February 2 - March 23, 2016.
Cosponsored with the Arts Connect International, Asia Center, Carr Center, India GSD, LAMBDA at Harvard Law, Harvard India Student Group, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. 

Is decentralization good for development? Perspectives from academics & policy makers
Thursday, Feb. 11, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Harvard School of Public Health, Building 1, Rm. 1208, Boston, MA
Cosponsored Event
Jean-Paul Faguet, Professor of the Political Economy of Development
Cosponsored with the Department of Global Health & Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Please note, Jean-Paul Faguet will also be delivering the seminar on Friday, Feb. 12 from 11:45 am - 1:00 pm, at the Perkins Room, Harvard Kennedy School.
Video: In case you missed it...
Aid and poverty: Are grants and loans different?
In this seminar from December, J aved Younas, SAI Aman Fellow, discussed his research on different incentive effects of grants and concessional loans.
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