Newsletter    February 9, 2018

Our latest podcast features prominent Indian student activist Shehla Rashid Shora, followed by the fascinating perspectives of three Harvard College freshmen, who are also from India. 

Sanjay Kumar discusses his background, and his ambitions for SAI: " I would like to see the Delhi office become an intellectual hub and platform, in which we engage with people from academia, the government, civil society, and the private sector.

"One of my most memorable conversations during my time in India was with the principal of a local middle school. I remember being incredibly intrigued," says Cole Scanlon  '18, who received an SAI Winter Grant to conduct field research in India.

Beverly Brown '20 took her winning photo in Mumbai: " I love how this photo captures the movement of the workers. The two men in the foreground are rinsing clothes while the man slightly behind them is throwing the cloth against the stone in the same way a washing machine would tumble its load."


Professor Asim Khwaja,  Harvard Kennedy School, discusses his  Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence Program in Pakistan: "We invest a lot in communications and data visualizations in our countries of focus, because we want to influence the entire policy environment and advance a 'culture of evidence.'"

"It would not be an overstatement to say that there can be no sustainable development without mental health," writes  Professor  Vikram Patel , Harvard Medical School, in The Asian Age. Up to 90 percent of people in India have not received treatment or care for certain kinds of mental health problems.

A Harvard Political Review article examines the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and asks, " How can all this chaos be explained? How can a former Nobel Peace Prize winner sit idle as her country falls apart?"



Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health alum,  Sabeena Jalal , is working to reduce neonatal deaths in Pakistan.  She has developed a special blade to be used by midwives to cut the umbilical cord in order to reduce infections that can lead to life-threatening neonatal sepsis.