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Economic Participation and Innovation

India’s economy has been on an upward growth trajectory in recent years, helping to reduce poverty and increase standards of living, particularly for workers in the technology sector and other booming industries.

In order to expand economic growth, successive Indian governments have eased restrictions on foreign investment and promoted entrepreneurship, skills development, and employment—especially for women and young people. As India stands poised to expand its economic influence on the world stage, it simultaneously faces challenges to social development and the need for expansion in investment in civil services and basic infrastructure.

Through research, teaching, and outreach, the initiative explored India’s concurrent economic narratives of growth and poverty.

For an overview of Georgetown’s engagement with issues of economic development across schools and programs, visit the Global Georgetown website.

India Initiative Director Irfan Nooruddin on India's Great Strides

India Initiative Director Dr. Irfan Nooruddin spoke on a panel entitled "India's Great Strides" at the 2017 Milken Institute Global Conference. He was joined in this discussion by Nisha Biswal, former assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia; Raju Narisetti, CEO of the Gizmodo Media Group; and Anand Shah, senior vice president of the Albright Stonebridge Group. The session was moderated by Reuben Abraham, Asia fellow at the Milken Institute and CEO and senior fellow of the IDFC Institute.


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Bangladesh after Rana Plaza

The 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza, a large commercial building, was the deadliest garment factory accident in history. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Western companies invested in organizations to inspect and monitory Bangladesh’s factories. In Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry



A Conversation with Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis (Video)

June 14, 2018

Duration: 40 minutes

The Argumentative Indian (Video)

October 19, 2017

Duration: 56 minutes

India's Great Strides (Video)

May 2, 2017

Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes