Economic Participation and Innovation

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.

The government has eased restrictions on foreign investment, but while this move has benefited Indian business owners and investors, it has done little to close the gaps between classes in India, and investment in basic services such as public health and sanitation infrastructure remains lacking. India faces challenges social development at the same moment as it is poised to expand its economic influence on the world stage.

Through research, teaching, and outreach, the India Initiative is exploring 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.


The Argumentative Indian

October 19, 2017

On October 19, the India Initiative, in partnership with the Association for India's Development, hosted a screening of The Argumentative Indian, a documentary about Nobel laureate and world-renowned economist Amartya Sen, directed by Suman Ghosh, a…

Lunch with the Professors Series: Business in India

March 24, 2017

The India Initiative Lunch with the Professors Series is a year-long speaker series launched in December 2016 that convenes students and faculty for conversations about India and its relationship to the United States and the world. On March 24, the…

CRITICS Workshop: Prerna Singh

February 6, 2017

On February 6, the Georgetown University India Initiative hosted Prerna Singh, the Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Public Affairs at Brown University, for a talk on her newest publication, How Solidarity

Making Politics Work for Development

October 4, 2016

Facing adverse political incentives, policymakers and leaders in developing countries often fail to adopt or implement policies that are necessary for sustained economic development. Stuti Khemani, a senior economist in the Development Research Group…

India in the Twenty-First Century

March 22, 2016

Georgetown University's India Initiative hosted Salman Khurshid, former cabinet minister of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, to address the question "Does India have what it takes to tackle the obstacles to its growth, and claim its place…

Shiv Khemka on Leadership for Social Change

November 18, 2014

Georgetown University hosted Shiv Vikram Khemka, vice chairman of the SUN Group and executive chairman of the Global Education and Leadership Foundation (TGELF), for an invitation-only audience at Georgetown's Riggs Library on "Leadership from Social…


India's Great Strides Video

Moderator Reuben Abraham, Asia Fellow, Milken Institute; CEO and Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute Speakers Nisha Biswal, Former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, U.S. Department of State Raju Narisetti, CEO, Gizmodo Media Group…