Scanning the policy landscape with active stakeholder mapping
We help clients and partners stay ahead by keeping track of the evolving thinking and policy developments that are likely to affect their sector. We also assist them in identifying key influencers and decision makers to help create an enabling ecosystem.
Research & Analysis
Understanding policy impact and proposing alternatives
In the ever changing policy landscape, we help clients visualise the implications of proposed legislation/regulation. We work with them to develop informed positions on key policy issues, find best practices from around the globe, and create policy alternatives that may be presented to law making agencies.
Building powerful messaging to engage with the audience
We help clients and partners build thought leadership by communicating effectively about things that matter. We design communications and advocacy strategies to leverage traditional and new media to bring focus to policy issues. We also create innovative outreach programs to build resonance with stakeholders.
Social protection for gig workers through a gender lens
Gender, Labour policies
Placing undue financial costs on women’s employers is unlikely to contribute to labour market equality. The state must play a bigger role towards social security for women gig workers.
The rise of the female voting block
More women are voting than before, and this rise in political agency could mean that their rights and issues are no longer an afterthought for policymakers.
Non-personal data norms: Too much, too soon?
The rationale for government intervention seems unclear. Even if there are positive externalities to data, the proposed NPD framework may impose significant costs on the whole digital economy
In children we must trust
TECH POLICY, AGE-GATING
India’s privacy law must balance the rights of children with online safety. The blanket requirement for parental consent for those aged below 18 years must make way for a graded approach along with a digital literacy curriculum.
Restoring the broken oversight mechanisms of Parliament
Mandating scrutiny for every bill is not a big ask. It is necessary to uphold the quality of legislation. A strong committee system is probably the only way to ensure Parliament’s relevance in the law-making process.
An unlikely common strand of 2020 — land & property rights
Apart from ARHC and SVAMTIVA, a Model Tenancy Act is under consideration. The government is mulling subsidies in stamp duty rates, and many states are making new investments to improve land governance.
With design changes, the Svamitva scheme can be a game changer
By providing a Record of Rights (RoRs) to household owners in rural areas, the scheme attempts to create accurate land and property records, which can be pivotal in reducing property-related disputes and facilitating monetisation of assets.
In Budget 2021, youth deserve more
India does not spend enough on its young people. If anything, the pandemic has highlighted the need to build the resilience of the youth and place their concerns at the centre stage of policy discussions.
A call to 'empower' Women Economic Empowerment policies
To make substantial strides in women’s economic empowerment, it is clear that a gender lens needs to be incorporated at every stage—from policy design to data collection for monitoring and evaluation.
Unpacking Non Personal Data
Non Personal Data
In partnership with The Print and Network Capital, TQH organized a series of online discussions to deliberate on the proposed governance framework for non-personal data
India’s Traceability Question
Government interception rests upon an uneasy truce between the government/LEA, private companies and civil society activists
The blindspots in India’s skilling programme
Skilling, PMKVY, NAPS
Our flagship skills development scheme is unable to deliver sustainable outcomes. But an alternative exists
India’s e-commerce policy: Adding uncertainty to the cart
National e-commerce Policy
The latest iteration seems more balanced than before, but it kicks all thorny issues down the road
Will the coronavirus social protection package suffice?
Many measures announced under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana are simply frontloading payments or redirecting funds that had been budgeted for other welfare activities
Managing health data
In this note, we analyse the key points of departure between the Health Data Management Policy, 2020 released by the union government and the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019
Regulatory cobwebs threaten India's data economy
Non Personal Data
While attempting to extract the maximum value, the government must resist the temptation to be overzealous in regulation
Paid period leaves - Designing a new framework
Gender, Labour policies
While the intentions of those campaigning for menstrual leave are laudable, we must be cognizant of the unintended consequences that may arise from such a policy
E-Pharmacy Rules: Clear regulatory direction needed
E-Pharmacy, Data Security
The draft Rules contain some ambiguous clauses and restrictive norms that can hurt both offline and online pharmacies
India needs digital citizenship education
Education, Social Emotional Learning
For far too long, we have parked the blame at technology’s door; the need of the hour is innovative engagement with the youth to make the internet a more hospitable space
Economic Empowerment of Women – A Policy Landscape
Employing a critical gender lens, this study identifies promising exemplars of transformative policies that create an enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment in India
Designing an Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme
In the context of the pandemic and its severe impact on livelihoods in urban areas, this study looks at the principles that should underline a gender responsive urban employment guarantee scheme
Women & work: How India fared in 2020
GENDER, Labour Force
A data story on women’s livelihoods and work in the year of COVID-19 - women’s changing role in the economy, their resilience in the face of the crisis and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Levelling the playing field: OEM-Dealer relationships
Undertaking a comparative analysis of OEM-dealership agreements in India and abroad, this study makes the case for a policy intervention to safeguard dealer (and consumer) interests in India
India’s focus on its youth – Analysis of the Union Budget
Budget, Fiscal Policy
Despite being home to one of the youngest populations in the world, India spends less than 4% of its annual budget on youth-focused schemes
COVID - Will India’s 20 lakh crore relief package deliver?
Economic Recovery, Social Security
A detailed analysis of the different measures announced by the Finance Minister, their likely impact on India’s economic recovery and potential challenges in implementation
Regulating Encryption in India
This study envisions a framework that acknowledges the importance of consumer privacy & technological innovation, while not diminishing the role of the government in protecting national security
Menstrual Waste Disposal
A study for the NFSSM Alliance to understand the menstrual waste value chain & possible solutions to the ballooning problem of waste disposal
Addressing the barriers to adoption in digital payments
Digital Payments, Tech Policy
The Indian economy is a predominantly cash driven economy. While the penetration of digital payments has increased significantly in the last decade, cash still continues to dominate
EBooks: Building Blocks of India’s Knowledge Economy
EDUCATION, TECH, TAXATION
Despite the positive externalities associated with inexpensive books, eBooks are not afforded a favourable tax environment in India
Women Entrepreneurs in Sanitation
Entrepreneurship, Gender, Sanitation
Leveraging insights gleaned from ground level case studies, this report advocates for more systematic government support for women entrepreneurs in general and more specifically, in the context of sanitation
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