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ISED Launches ‘Response Group-New Kerala'(RG-NK)

new keralaISED and its think-tank platform, the ISED Small Enterprise Observatory have decided to set up  ‘Response Group-New Kerala'(RG-NK), as a think-tank cum volunteering platform, driving for a ‘New Kerala’, as visualised by the Chief Minister. Envisaged as a  regular platform of the  Kerala watchers and enthusiasts, RG-NK will  have, as its members, all who respond to this  call.

RG-NK is a pure technical assistance platform. Its sole purpose is to see things happen in a larger agenda of shaping a  ‘New Kerala’, as visualized by the Government of Kerala. The objective of the RG-NK is to ensure  ‘going an extra mile’ , beyond the  ‘wishful thinking’  of thousands of Kerala -lovers across the world. In an attempt to do this, the RG-NK invites the following forms  of participation in this platform:
•    CSR Window: Adoption of Village/Clusters
It is an excellent opportunity for well-meaning companies around India, to fruitfully use their CSR funds for a genuine cause, of course, with a business case (eg: “Adopt a Loom”). We, at ISED, as experienced CSR practitioners, can help you with effective project ideas having a long term business case.

•    Market Development  assistance
A helping hand can come from elsewhere in the country, regarding market development assistance to the flood-affected producers(eg: handlooms, rare craft items).

 

•    Search for Local vendors  
The invaluable skills of the local producers and craftsmen need to be preserved and augmented. Should you be interested in a potential vendor relationship with them, of course with a business case, do not hesitate to contact us .
•    Bulk Sourcing Offers
There are a number of cases around the State, where stock and inventory have got damaged partially or fully. It is important that, in a rejuvenation package, fresh blood of orders must come with a helping hand. For instance, in case a company elsewhere is interested in such bulk purchases, along with new orders, do not hesitate to contact us for sharing ideas.
•    Volunteering
Volunteering services are a state of the art form of technical assistance to small producers and craftsmen. If you are a Private Sector Development Specialist, or should you be interested to send a few of your employees with some technical expertise as volunteers, ISED would be happy to help you with ideas.

•    “Know Kerala” drive
Enterprise and entrepreneurship in Kerala, amid the State’s huge visibility in relation to education and health, did not get the attention they deserve. Read through Kerala-specific research findings at the ISED Small enterprise Observatory

•    Research Collaboration & Faculty Exchange
It is important to analyze, in depth,  impacts on the income streams and  opportunities , as also the new opportunities that may come up. Rigorous research has to happen, ensuring  that policy initiatives become strongly evidence-based. We invite the kind attention and cooperation  of all concerned scholars, within India and abroad.

•    Youth Internships
It is extremely important to note that the youth in Kerala have demonstrated their impeccable commitment to their brethren, by actively participating in the flood relief and rehabilitation programme. Their bravery and commitment need to be showcased not simply by routine compliments, but by a global connect. ISED under its’ International Internship Programme in Sustainable Development’, offers an excellent opportunity for interns from universities and research establishments across the world.

•    Support to the  Observatory

Institute of Small Enterprises and Development, and the ‘ISED Small Enterprise Observatory’, its premier knowledge platform, have from time to time , contributed to knowledge creation and strategy development in the State. The ISED Small Enterprise Observatory, through its more than two decades of life, has come out with several innovations in policy and practice. However, the Observatory need to grow in leaps and bounds, in order to fulfill its mission. We invite you to join us as a Member of this vibrant knowledge platform(Please contact the Co coordinator  at  seo@isedonline.org.

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ISED Appeals for Social Capital Mobilisation

While, post-calamity situations around the world, attract huge humanitarian aid, beyond resettlement, their impact on the livelihoods of the affected communities has been a matter of debates. The recent Mega Floods in Kerala also has attracted substantial humanitarian assistance from across the world. However, the challenge for Kerala today, is to refashion and restructure the so-called Kerala model of development, which over time has become a pyramid upside down. The State has, to a large extent gone back of its achievements of the past one decade. There is need to build-up a solid livelihoods base, in order to prevent social tensions in the short run, and to ensure sustainable development. The need of the hour is to focus on capabilities and social capital mobilization, on par with reconstruction initiatives. The ISED has made a formal appeal to all well-meaning Kerala lovers around the world, to join in this initiative. The institute also has setup a project in this regard, along with a response group that is expected to act as a think tank-cum-social capital platform.

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ISED Finds Multi-million business for Insurance Companies

The recent Mega Floods in Kerala has virtually devastated the State. The rehabilitation work is still in  progress. However, beyond the rehabilitation phase, a lack of visibility might result in help not reaching the marginal producers and workers. There is a vast ocean between enterprises on government radar, and those that are in operation in the tiny sector that is huge in size. Therefore, any estimates confined to the registered MSME sector is not likely to truly reflect the pains of the Flood-damages on the decentralized enterprise sector in the State.

The damage to the livelihoods of millions of people, has not yet got significant attention, especially because of the largely unorganized nature of such economic activities. The rebuilding exercise is a serious challenge, both to the Government and to the affected people, as a significantly huge number of enterprises fall outside the compass of any social protection or insurance system. While, this should be treated as a significant opportunity to spread the culture of insurance, the cost of insurance is not an attractive proposition for many small producers today. An ongoing research project at the ISED is looking into such opportunities. The preliminary report will be released shortly.

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ISED Outlines Reconstruction Plan for Enterprises

Beyond the rehabilitation phase, a lack of visibility might result in help not reaching the marginal producers and workers. There is a vast ocean between enterprises on government radar, and those that are in operation in the tiny sector that is huge in size. Therefore, any estimates confined to the registered MSME sector is not likely to truly reflect the pains of the Flood-damages on the decentralized enterprise sector in the State.

This should also be treated as an opportunity to spread the culture of insurance. The cost of insurance is not an attractive proposition for many small producers today. The government need to step in for breaking this barrier, by stepping into bear a part of the insurance cost for the small and marginal enterprises, he said.

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EDI-NK: The ISED Perspective

The global concern for Kerala has already been proved, as it gets reflected in the huge humanitarian assistance that pour directly into the flood- affected areas, as also into the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Now the time for actual rebuilding of the State has come. A State-level reconstruction drive, obviously, need to be a huge collective initiative, in which , all stakeholders have their important role: the State Government, LSGIs, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and their Associations, NGOs, professionals etc. ‘Enterprise Development’ is a key component of such an initiative in which, professionalism has to play a critical role. ISED, and its specialised knowledge platform, the ‘ISED Small Enterprise Observatory’, as  socially responsible entities, feel the moral responsibility of  utilizing their full potential  for this  strenuous task.

The Programme

ISED proposes to contribute its mite as well. A people’s initiative must, invariably, lead to a strategy with  the following components:

1) a scientific assessment of the  damage occurred to enterprises and related infrastructure;
2) a documentation of the entrepreneurial perceptions and confidence;
3) a strategic plan for reconstruction, and ways of bringing back the entrepreneurial confidence;
4) showcasing  the vibrancy and resilience of the enterprise sector , so that the perceptions on Kerala’s ‘ease of  doing  business ‘remain intact.

Key Activities

The activities envisaged and planned by the ISED under the EDI-NK, are the following:
1. outlining  subsector strategies, through  field investigations and consultations.
2. Sensitisation of Local Governments, and public authorities, through effective dissemination of best practices.
3. Delivery and facilitation of Business Development Services to potential investors and entrepreneurs.
4. Sharing the knowledge and capabilities at  the ISED Small Enterprise Observatory over the last two decades.

While the above initiatives are drawn from the confidence and expertise gained by the Institute, over the past 30 years, and documented through the ‘Kerala Enterprise Development Report’ series, and the ‘Observatory Mirror’, they need to be publicly debated in the context of the post-Flood  reconstruction operations. The ISED Small Enterprise Observatory, and other arms of the Institute, are keen on taking such an initiative forward, to the benefit of a ‘New Kerala’ that has been visualized by the Government of Kerala. With a small seed money that we have put in, ISED looks forward to take the Project forward with the active co operation and support of all stakeholders, and of well-wishers.

With the seed money that we have put in, ISED looks forward to take the Project forward with the active co operation of all stakeholders, and of the well-wishers of Kerala around the world.

 

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ISED Sets New CSR Blueprint for Post-Flood Kerala

The devastation of Kerala, following the Mega Floods of August this year has gained international attention. As rightly pointed out by Mr. Antonio Gutures, Secretary General of the United Nations, the Kerala episode gives a warning signal to the rest of the world. While, such calamities are likely to happen frequently, anywhere in the world, public action cannot just be confined to humanitarian assistance. At least in the context of Kerala, there is a large opportunity for corporates to utilize their CSR funds, of course with a business case.

Beyond the rehabilitation phase, a lack of visibility might result in help not reaching the marginal producers and workers. There is a vast ocean between enterprises on government radar, and those that are in operation in the tiny sector that is huge in size. Therefore, any estimates confined to the registered MSME sector is not likely to truly reflect the pains of the Flood-damages on the decentralized enterprise sector in the State.

ISED, and its knowledge centre, centre for responsible business, has come out with indications on responsible business opportunities and the need for the same in the context of Kerala. Adoption of villages by corporates, including PSUs, banks, and  insurance companies, under their Social Responsibility funds, is an option. In fact, PSUs can lead the way and set an example for others to follow.

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An Appeal from Institute of Small Enterprises and Development

Kerala, the God ‘own Country’, is in a mega flood trap. It has already paralyzed the State. More than 13.5 lakh people were evacuated and transferred to official Rehabilitation Camps; almost  three times this number have been unofficially accommodated by local people. Though human and animal casualties, and destruction of property and infrastructure are yet to be estimated, the State’s commendable rehabilitation initiative, as a mass movement, has already gained international attention.

A striking picture left over by the disaster has been the shattered regional economy, wherein, the livelihoods of lakhs of people have been put on break, either directly, or indirectly. This includes, lakhs of self employed, and marginal producers, and their workers. Beyond the too small share of employment (13.62  per cent) provided by the corporate sector, Kerala’s  significant non-agricultural employment opportunities lie with the largely invisible  unorganized enterprises. Between life and death, they have mastered the art of survival. It is such invisible capabilities that provide hopes for a “New Kerala”. It is necessary to identify, document, and preserve such capabilities in the forthcoming reconstruction initiative of the State.

It is now time to plan for reconstruction of the State and its economy. ISED considers it  to be a duty and moral responsibility to contribute its small mite to this huge State level initiative. At this Institute, we have decided to set up a   humble initiative called, Kerala Post- Flood Enterprise Development  Initiative(KEPFEDI).

The Project

A State-level reconstruction initiative, obviously, need to be a huge collective initiative, in which , all stakeholders have their important role: the State Government, LSGIs, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and their Associations, NGOs, professionals etc. ‘Enterprise Development’ is a key component of such an initiative in which, professionalism has to play a critical role. ISED, as a socially responsible entity feels duty-bound on this.

The project proposes the nuts and bolts of a reconstruction  strategy, supportive to the laudable initiatives of  the Government of Kerala, and of the LSGIs. The Government of Kerala would have to evolve a  strategy around  the following components:

1) a scientific assessment of the  damage occurred to enterprises and related infrastructure;

2)to document the entrepreneurial perception on the consequent impact on entrepreneurial confidence.;

3) to draw up a strategic plan for reconstruction and ways of bringing back the entrepreneurial confidence;

4) to showcase the vibrancy of the enterprise sector before the investor community, so that the negative perceptions relating  to ‘ease of doing business’, if any, can be corrected, and the positives offered by the massive rehabilitation drive  be show-cased before the international community.

While the  above initiatives will happen as the outcome of the joint initiatives of Keralites around the world, of course with the support of the nation as a whole, during the next couple of months, there is the immediate imperative for a more focused and  professionally-tuned interventions as follows:

1. Development of a strong evidence-base on Kerala ‘s enterprise scene today;

2. Outlining  a set of  strategic  tools and interventions, based on the State’s own  experience, and of other States/countries;

3. Bring such locally relevant new ideas into public debates; and

4. Link up with relevant institutions that can take such ideas forward to the context of local economic development.

Activities

The activities envisaged under this Project are the following:

1. Subsector Strategies, through  field investigations and consultations.

2.Sensitisation of Local Governments, and public authorities, through effective dissemination of best practices.

3.Business Development Services to potential investors and entrepreneurs.

4.To disseminate the track record of innovations at the ISED Small Enterprise Observatory to the benefit of Kerala’s reconstruction.

Telephone calls and messages were pouring in from across the world over the past one week. ISED  wishes to thank all who have shared their concerns on the  future business scene of Kerala. While this is the time for all Keralites to concentrate on reconstruction work,  ISED is on the move, in its usual silent, but cautious, style.

Institute of Small Enterprises and Development, and the ISED Small Enterprise Commission, it premier knowledge platform, have from time to time , contributed to knowledge creation and strategy development in the State. The Kerala Enterprise Development Report, carrying several futuristic recommendations on the industrial sector,  was deliberated by the State Legislative  Assembly recently.

At this critical juncture, any helping hand, in terms of word, deed, or funds, really matter us most. We request the kind technical and financial support of all of you to make this project a reality. Such support is invited from Indian nationals around the world.

With the seed money that we have put in, ISED looks forward to take the Project forward with the active co operation of all stakeholders, and of the well-wishers of Kerala around the world. Fund contributions, from Indian nationals, through their bank accounts in India, may please be addressed to ” Director, Institute of Small Enterprises and Development” at  South Indian Bank, Vennala  Branch(A/C. No.042307300000011; IFSC Code:SIBL0000423

Kerala will, undoubtedly, rise from its ashes, like the mythical phoenix. Let us join hands for that mission…….
Dr.P.M.Mathew
Director

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