Leveraging Reconstruction: Opportunities for Creating Good Jobs
Given the increasing incidence of disasters around the world, the recovery process must be leveraged for longer-term development gains. Two years after an earthquake displaced nearly 2.8 million people and shocked Nepal’s economy, the country still has a long way to go in its reconstruction process. At the same time, the country faces an endless loop of out-migration for low-paying and often exploitative work, with little meaningful development in communities of origin. But Nepal has the chance to use the reconstruction process to create jobs that protect worker rights, provide family-supporting wages, and generate opportunities for economic mobility, making migration for work a choice rather than a necessity.
Join Microlinks for a webinar where experts will examine the Nepal earthquake recovery process and highlight the importance of decent work and the value of human capital among migrant workers and all workers in order to grow economies in developing nations.
Presenters will share findings from a new report from the Solidarity Center and JustJobs Network (JJN), Rebuilding Nepal: Creating Good Jobs Amid Reconstruction and Migration (https://www.solidaritycenter.org/publication/rebuilding-nepal-creating-good…). Also, hear from the researchers as they discuss the methodologies used to distill these key insights.
Sonia Mistry is a Senior Program Officer in the Asia Department of the
Solidarity Center, where she has worked since 2007. She supports worker rights and union building programs throughout South Asia, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and the Maldives. Prior to working in the Asia Department, she supported the Solidarity Center’s programs throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Sonia also works with the organization’s regional departments to promote child labor elimination efforts through worker rights promotion. Prior to joining the Solidarity Center, Sonia was an organizer with the Service Employees International Union. Sonia holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she provided policy and programmatic assistance to child rights organizations in India, assisted in a project to create the first American Human Development Report and co-founded Columbia’s Child Rights Working Group. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropolgy from Mount Holyoke College.
Neha Misra is the Senior Specialist for Migration and Human Trafficking at th
e Solidarity Center, an international worker rights NGO based in Washington, DC. Previously, Neha was the Deputy Country Director and Program Manager for the Solidarity Center’s counter trafficking in persons (TIP) and labor migration programs in Indonesia. She worked in Indonesia for over five years, starting with the Solidarity Center as the director of its democracy program. Before her assignment in Indonesia, she worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina on post-war elections and democracy and in the United States as a Senior Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Immigration Appeals. While at DOJ, she also served as the President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3525. She has a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, where she focused her studies on international human rights law, and a B.S. in International Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University. Neha has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives on anti-TIP and labor migration issues. She represents the Solidarity Center in the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), International Labor Recruitment Working Group (ILRWG), the Global Coalition on Migration, and the Women in Migration Network (WIMN).
Greg Randolph is Executive Vice President at the JustJobs Network, w
here he is responsible for guiding the organization's research, outreach and communications strategies. His work entails engaging a diversity of stakeholders in the promotion of just jobs around the world. His current work focuses on labor, migration, and urbanization in societies of the Global South witnessing rapid structural transformation, including India, Indonesia, and Zambia. His research asks how city governance and the built environment shape human mobility and employment outcomes. Before joining JustJobs Network, Greg served as a Clinton Fellow of the American India Foundation. His writing has appeared in international media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, the Global Urbanist, and Huffington Post. He speaks Hindi and Bahasa Indonesia.
Bama Athreya is a Senior Specialist, Labor and Employment Rights at US
AID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. She has more than twenty years’ experience on international labor, women’s rights and business and human rights, and has worked for the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center, International Labor Rights Forum, Fontheim International, and the International Labour Organization. She has developed and led multi-country projects in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia on the rights of working women, labor law implementation, forced and child labor, and ethical business practices. She has developed and led multistakeholder initiatives with global corporations on labor compliance and has worked and written extensively on labor on U.S. trade policy. She served as one of the founding Board members of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, an entity serving state and city governments in the United States who have adopted legislative or executive commitments to ethical procurement. In 2009 she was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to a special Consultative Group on Forced and Child Labor. She speaks French, Spanish, Chinese, and Indonesian. She holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Michigan and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.