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NATIONAL CONSULTATION WORKSHOP
SG 1: Reducing climate and environmental risks
Action Area B: Stimulating action for clean air
New Delhi, India
24 March 2023
Bidya Banmali Pradhan
Organisers: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), All India Brick and Tiles Manufactures Federation (AIBTMF) and Brooke India
This workshop will bring together relevant stakeholders – policy makers, government authorities, social researchers, development professionals, and brick entrepreneurs and associations – from across India to share their perspectives and understanding of the existing social challenges in the brick sector.
The workshop will focus on four key domains: (1) ending child labour, (2) ensuring transparent employment conditions, (3) improving basic workplace facilities, and (4) ensuring a safe workplace for women workers. Participants will discuss existing policies, procedures, and practices related to these domains and contextual governance mechanisms to address social challenges.
We are organising this workshop under the framework of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)-funded Himalayan Resilience Enabling Action Programme (HI-REAP).
The consultation workshop aims to achieve a coherent understanding of social challenges in the Indian brick sector and determine the way forward to address them.
Specific objectives include:
The workshop is expected to lead to the development of a comprehensive mechanism, such as a social code of conduct, to address identified social challenges in the Indian brick sector.
Brick production is considered an informal sector that relies heavily on manual labour. In India, there are approximately 200,000 brick kilns that employ more than 23 million workers on a seasonal basis.
We are working to increase awareness among brick workers and entrepreneurs about the social and gender aspects of brick production, which are as important as adopting clean and efficient technologies. This will enable collaborative research interventions that address gender and social issues in brick factories.
In Nepal, ICIMOD collaborated with the Federation of Nepal Brick Industries (FNBI) to develop the Social Code of Conduct for Nepal’s brick sector in accordance with government legislation. This example can be used to build on and organise social affairs and organise social affairs in the Indian brick sector.
Bidya Banmali Pradhan, ICIMOD
Facilitator: Simran Silpakar, Gender Research Associate, ICIMOD
Mohammad Rabi Qazizada, Programme Officer, ICIMOD
Facilitator: Kamala Gurung, ICIMOD
Domain 1: Child labour
Domain 2: Employment conditions
Domain 3: Workplace facilities
Domain 4: Safe workplace for women
Facilitators: J.S. Kamyotra, Regional Facilitator, Malé Declaration, and Simran Silpakar, ICIMOD
What are the existing policy regulations and legal mechanisms to address the labour issue?
What is the governance mechanism regarding policies and their enforcement (national/state level)?
Who are the actors at the national and subnational levels (state and nonstate actors)?
Facilitators: Kamala Gurung and Mohammad Rabi Qazizada, ICIMOD
What are the common practices that we should build on to address the challenges?
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