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Promoting Social Mobility in India

Anirudh Krishna and Swapnil Agarwal

Journal of South Asian Development, 2017, vol. 12, issue 3, 236-258

Abstract: Equality of opportunity is an important ideal to uphold in a just society. Beyond its long-standing commitment to affirmative action, relatively little has been done in India to realize this ideal. Compared to other countries, Indian children raised in poverty have a smaller chance of rising to high positions. Seized of this situation, a group of organizations has taken up the mission of social mobility promotion. Through coaching, mentorship, guidance, information provision and other means, these organizations are helping smart and hard-working children with backgrounds in poverty to aspire, and to achieve, superior career options. We identify five types of social mobility promoting organizations (SMPOs), examine their modes of action and indicate future directions.

Keywords: Social mobility; equal opportunity; NGOs; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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