[TC-I Call to Action]: Programme Head, Centre for Micro Finance

Lakshmi Krishnan of the Centre for Micro Finance, IFMR writes to us about a new opening in the organization.   This is particularly exciting for anyone interested in microfinance, research, and traveling throughout India.  Several classmates in graduate school had worked with IFMR and came away with good experiences after participating in breakthrough research.

IFMR CMF is now hiring a Programme Head in Chennai to manage a portfolio of 4-6 projects with a variety of partners. Read about the IFMR CMF Programme Head position for further information and contact information.

Job Opportunities with the Centre for Microfinance

The Centre for Microfinance, an organization that focuses on research, training, and strategy for MFIs, posted about exciting new job opportunities:

The Centre for Micro Finance (CMF) has recently posted several new job openings, and we thought that some of this blog’s readers may be interested. New positions include:
• Programme Head – Analytics Unit
• Regional Field Director – West Zone
• Visual Basic Programmer

To learn more, check out the job openings section of CMF’s website, linked here. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at cmfhr@ifmr.ac.in.

Midday Newsfeed

  • Technology: Although it is a hub for information technology, India is only #50 on the world’s most networked economies list, partly due to its poor ICT infrastructure.
  • Health: According to a survey, in the next decade, one in 20 female deaths in India between the ages 30 to 69 will be caused by smoking. (Source: India Today)
  • Citizen Advocacy: Indian citizens are submitting an open letter to the Prime Minister urging the reconsideration of a bill that would place restrictive regulations on civil society organizations receiving foreign contributions.
  • Business: New Ventures India launched a Coaches Network at the Green Investor Summit. The members of this network would devote time in nurturing seed and early stage green companies. (Source: Business Wire India)
  • Agriculture: Via the UN News Centre: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today bestowed its highest award, the Agricola Medal, on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his efforts to spur agricultural development and reduce hunger and poverty in India.

Reducing Black Carbon Emissions

OneWorld South Asia reports today on the importance of black carbon emission reductions. According to the site, 400,000 women and children die due to smoke inhalation in India alone, and 35% of the world’s black carbon output comes from India and China.

Researchers found that efforts to find alternative technology could reduce heating caused by these emissions by 70-80% in South Asia. The article features researcher Veerabhadran Ramanathan of the Scripps Institute, who is part of a team that is trying to start up an observation program addressing this issue.

Known as Project Surya, the proposed venture would provide some 20,000 rural Indian households with smoke-free cookers and equipped to transmit data. At the same time, a team of researchers led by Ramanathan would observe air pollution levels in the region to measure the effect of the cookers.

India Sitting on a Tobacco Epidemic

A new study conducted by the Centre for Global Health Research at the University of Toronto found that India is poised to lose around 10 lakh people in the next two years because of smoking in India alone.

Several major policy implications may be in order, including a ban of smoking in public places, an increase in tax on tobacco products (including bidis), and the use of pictorial warnings to reach out illiterate populations.

The India Together article titled “India sitting on tobacco epidemic” further highlights this issue. There is clearly a need for intervention, although in the article, the WHO claims that:

few countries have the infrastructure that will enable them to implement the comprehensive measures needed to create a significant reduction in tobacco use. Some of these measures are: well-designed public health messages, celebrity-driven awareness campaigns, sustained nicotine replacement therapies, screening students for tobacco use and providing counseling, and setting up more rehabilitation centers for those wanting to quit.

This will require the country to set up creative and widespread institutional structures to address what is a pressing public health challenge.