Impact of COVID-19 on Migrant Labor and the Response of Social Entrepreneurs
I interned with the World Bank’s Agriculture and Food security global practices. During my internship, I was instrumental in preparing and evaluating a learning note on the best practices of the Aajeevika project. The project was launched by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India, and was funded by the World Bank. My internship focused on Aajeevika’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as it relates to the migrant workers who are badly hit by the epidemic. Aajeevika has been instrumental in increasing household income through sustainable livelihood enhancements and improved access to financial services. It has benefited more than 5 million rural households (mostly women) in Bihar, one of the poorest states of India. In addition to that, I also prepared case studies of eight social enterprises and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These case studies contain deep insights into strategies, operations and investment plans amidst the epidemic. They will help build a knowledge platform for the upcoming webinar series on the 'Role of social enterprises' at the world bank.