India has a unique opportunity with the availability of 55 million strong potential rural workforces. However, a large number of this population that migrate to cities find themselves lost and barely meet their potential. Why then do the migrant workers not meet their potential?
Can we make the migrants realize their full potential with the help of a Migrant Support Center?
The objective of the Migrant Support Center (MSC) study is to understand the issues faced by interstate and intra-state migrant workers in an urban setting and how this deters them from meeting their potential. We aim to employ Human Centered Design, to map and understand journeys of the migrant workers in organized as well as unorganized sectors. The scope of a Support Center includes providing financial literacy, counselling services, and awareness of minimum wages to name a few.
In collaboration with Shahi Exports, GBL wil conceptualize a model MSC and develop a framework to provide services to migrant workers in most need, in an accessible manner. Our goal is to eventually help scale this model to the wider migrant workforce with the aid of an implementation partner.
To this effect, we will be working with migrant population in urban Bengaluru.
Image credits: Shalin Gor
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