In the last couple of decades, the localisation of the humanitarian and development sector has gained much traction. The main intent behind the push is to ensure more resources reach people in need and humanitarian actions are effective and efficient. The talk will focus on highlighting some key challenges and issues in realising the “localisation” dreams in low and middle-income countries.
Currently, Ishita Shruti works with a UN agency. She holds a Ph D. from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Over 16 years of experience in managing migration/mobility programming and research in low and middle income countries in both development and humanitarian context. Expertise and experience span in evidence-based policy development, advocacy and programming; effective dialogue with high-level government counterparts in migration programming, donor engagement and stakeholder networking.
She has been closely involved with many academic and social research initiatives in the areas of gender, migration and urban governance. She has presented papers in various national and international conferences. She has authored a book chapter “The Smart Women: How South Asian Women Negotiate their Social and Cultural Space through Mobile Technology” in Telleria A. S. (Ed.) (2017) book Between Public and Private in Mobile Communication, Routledge, New York and London. She has co-authored a chapter on “Mobile Technology and “Doing Family” in a Global World” in Lim, S. S. (Ed.) (2016). Mobile Communication and the Family - Asian Experiences in Technology Domestication. Dordrecht, Springer. She has also published a book review of Beatrix Hauser’s book “Promising Rituals: Gender and Performativity in Eastern India” (2012, Routledge) in Interactions: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and Pacific. Issue 39, July 2016.