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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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ISED Openings in Kerala Post-Flood Enterprise Development Initiative (KEPFEDI)

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.

Te 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 Keala 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, ofcourse 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, to be taken up by promotional and financial institutions

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.

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.

ISED Invites applications from cheerful and service minded people of any age, who are ready to extend their energies and capabilities  as  potential Team Members.

Positions Available:

The Institute invites applications from service-oriented Personnel/Volunteers, in the following areas:

1)Researchers/Development Practitioners

Persons with background in any Social Science or Science and Technology background, with a strong aptitude for research and/or development practice. Age/education  are not the primary criteria.Need to be strongly service oriented and adaptable.

2) Stipendiary Assistants

Proactive and service-oriented persons with a strong aptitude for research and/or development work/social service. Age/education  are not the primary criteria. However, Graduates from the flood affected areas will be given preference. Basic computer skills/communication skills needed.

3) Field Investigators

Proactive and service-oriented persons with a strong interest in field data collection from households and businesses. Commerce/Economics/Management Graduates preferred. But, education  is not the primary criterion. Graduates from the flood affected areas will be given preference. Basic computer skills/communication skills desirable.

Desk Assistants

Persons with good language skills(English and Malayalam) and computer skills. Skills in drafting and communication would be desirable. Persons with media background also may apply.

Period of the Opening: Short-term and/or Long- term.

Education and Skill set: General Criteria

  • Preferably Graduates/Post graduates
  • Analytical Skills
  • IT Skills
  • Communication skills in English and Malayalam
  • Interview Skills for Field Investigation.

Remuneration:

The services of applicants will be considered essentially as Volunteers. However, Stipend/ small remuneration will be considered in exceptional cases. Candidates demonstrating significant service mentality, drive, proactive behavior,  and capabilities,  will be included in the Institute’s Roster for other openings that are likely to come up  in the in the near  future.

Interested candidates may forward their applications to the Director, Institute of Small Enterprises and Development( email: hr.udyoginstitute@gmail.com)

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ISED Openings in Kerala Post Flood Enterprise Rehabilitation Initiative (KEPFERI)

Kerala, the God ‘own Country’, is in a mega flood trap. It has already paralyzed the State. More than 7.5 lakh people have been evacuated and transferred to official Rehabilitation Camps; almost  three times this number have been unofficially accommodated by local people.. Human and animal casualties are yet to be estimated.

While the regional economy of the State has been practically devastated and shattered, the livelihoods of  lakhs of  people have been put on break, either directly, or indirectly. This includes, lakhs of self employed, marginal producers, and their workers. It is now time to plan for reconstruction of the State. ISED considers it  to be a duty and moral responsibility to contribute its small mite to the State Government and its laudable initiatives. At this Institute, we have decided to set up a   humble initiative called, Kerala Post Flood Enterprise Rehabilitation Initiative (KEPFERI).

A 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. ISED proposes to fully utilize its limited professional capabilities to draw up a strategy for reconstructing the enterprise base of the State, and to bring it back to its vibrancy.

Te project envisages preparation of a draft reconstruction strategy, for the consideration of the Government of Kerala, and of the LSGIs. It involves two 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.; and 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.

This highly time-bound project envisages development of an integrated strategy, taking into consideration, the specific needs of: 1) micro enterprises and livelihood activities; 2) MSMEs; and  3) Medium and large units. The challenge and imperative is such that, the Project should come out with its results within the next two months. 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.
ISED Invites applications from cheerful and service minded people of any age, who are ready to extend their energies and capabilities as a potential Team Member.

Positions Open: Stipendiary Assistants and Volunteers

Period of the Opening: Three months

Education and Skill set:
•    Preferably Graduates
•    IT Skills
•    Communication skills in English and Malayalam
•    Interview Skills for Field Investigation.

Special preference will be given to candidates from the flood -affected areas.

Remuneration:
The services of applicants will be considered essentially as Volunteers. However, Stipend/ small remuneration will be considered in exceptional cases. Howe ever, candidates demonstrating significant service mentality, drive, proactive behavior,  and capabilities  will be included in the Institute’s Roster for other openings that are likely to come up  in the in the near  future.

Interested candidates may forward their applications to the Director, Institute of Small enterprises and Development ( email: hr.udyoginstitute@gmail.com)

http://www.isedonline.org/news&opinion.php