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.
IT Rules: Content moderation, an alternative
Intermediary liability, Tech Policy
While the amendments being proposed are well-intentioned, they are likely to present many operational challenges for businesses and the government, besides risking the freedom of speech of India’s digital citizens.
Root out the prejudices in the Hindu Succession Act
Gender, Property Rights
We owe it to India’s daughters and their parents the same right to care for each other and be cared for by each other as we have for sons in our society, in life or in death.
Will India pay for RBI’s hurry?
Even though RBI’s no-card-storage norms are well-intentioned, a hurried transition can end up disrupting digital payments in 2022, adversely affecting both customers as well as merchants.
Filling the gaps in India’s digital push
Public Service Delivery, Tech, Budget
India has embarked on a unique journey of tech led service delivery and this is reinforced through commitments in the 2022 Union Budget. It is now critical to shift the focus to the ‘non-tech’ layers of our digital infrastructure, by prioritizing principles of data protection, universal access and accountability.
India’s road to a digital El-Dorado
Digital Public Goods, Diplomacy
From supporting countries in setting up their own digital ID and payments systems to sharing CoWin know-how, India's recent collaborations hint at a commitment to building and strengthening its digital diplomacy.
Data Protection Bill: Don’t mule the unicorn
Start-ups, Tech Policy
With regulatory ambiguity on key issues, the Indian startup story is at a crossroads today. While the market seems bullish about their prospects, we risk tempting Indian founders to register their startups outside India to avoid onerous compliance.
Bridging the digital divide in education
By connecting what already exists, the National Digital Educational Architecture (NDEAR) can reimagine the education ecosystem for deploying tailored EdTech solutions speedily, sustainably and at population scale.
Social welfare delivery in the digital age
Open Digital Ecosystems
Social registries can help leverage technology to fix delivery gaps, payment leakages, coordination failures, and other inefficiencies that plague our current systems of welfare delivery.
Scaling up the ecosystem for job and skill seekers
Skilling, Open Digital Ecosystems
An open digital ecosystem that brings job seekers, employers, skills providers and government agencies can be implemented with ease, with a little help from government and technology.
Balancing privacy and agency: Data governance needs a gender lens
Gender, Tech Policy
As India moves towards an increasingly digital society, how privacy and data governance laws may impact women’s safety and agency on the internet should not come as an afterthought
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.
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.
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.
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.
How the Model Tenancy Act can benefit homeowners and tenants
While the Act is a much-needed reform for India’s housing sector, one hopes that states use this opportunity to unlock the economic value of vacant housing and increase access to good quality housing, for all demographics
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.
Safeguarding the unsuspecting user from fraudulent apps
The presence of fraudulent apps on app stores poses a grave threat to the burgeoning smartphone user community. But removing such apps is not an easy problem to solve
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
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
A Framework for Intermediary Classification in India
As India prepares a new Digital India Act, this paper takes a fresh look at intermediary classification from a proportionate and risk-based approach to regulation.
Developing an Inclusive Hybrid Work Policy for India
An study that curates emerging evidence on hybrid work, identifies challenges and looks at promising international practices to recommend policy options for India.
COVID-19: Gendered Impact on Urban Informal Workers
GENDER, Labour, COVID
A study on the subject of women informal workers - their pre-pandemic vulnerabilities, impact of COVID-19 on their life choices and institutional policy responses in Delhi NCR.
Towards regulating App Stores
TECH, COMPETITION, STARTUPs
A study to assess the competitive landscape in the app store market in India, highlight pressing concerns of developers, and determine the need, if any, for government intervention.
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
Women & work: How India fared in 2021
GENDER, Labour Force
A data story on women’s livelihoods and work in the year of 2021 - women’s changing role in the economy, their resilience in the face of the crisis and the opportunities that lie ahead.
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
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
A gender-responsive & inclusive economic recovery for India
Economic Recovery, Gender
Suggestions for a macroeconomic recovery framework that places special emphasis on women and girls, including monetary and fiscal policy measures as well as innovative financing options to achieve gender-equitable outcomes.
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
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
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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