JULY 17, 2020
After weeks of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NEEMSIS 2 (Networks, Employment, dEbts, Mobility, and Skills in India Survey) has started its fieldwork at the end of October 2020. NEEMSIS 2 is the third wave of longitudinal data mainly collected in ten villages of Villupuram and Cuddalore districts at the household and individual levels., and is part of the LAKSMI (“Labour, Skills, Social Networks, and Mobilities in India”) and the “Labour, Finance and Social Dynamics” programmes of the Axis “Labour” within the Social Sciences Department of the IFP.
The NEEMSIS 2 team took advantage of this delay to take into account the socio-economic impacts of the ongoing crisis provoked by the lockdown. New questions have been added in addition to improvements introduced in both household and individual questionnaires. Among these noticeable improvements and modifications, the NEEMSIS 2 team:
New questions have been added in addition to improvements introduced in both household and individual questionnaires. Among these noticeable improvements and modifications, the NEEMSIS 2 team:
- added questions on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on livelihoods (financial practices, employment, food security, public schemes, social structure),
- added a specific module capturing explicitly individuals’ working conditions,
- improved the social networks module based on a name generator to capture additional dimensions of social interactions beyond labour relations,
- will collect geospatial information,
- will increase the sample with new households and a third individual.
Before the launch of the survey, a one week training of a team of local enumerators has been conducted in July and August 2020 at IFP. The training material involved the understanding of the main purposes of the survey, and the manipulation of numerical tablets in order to collect quantitative data from the field. [In photos: NEEMSIS 2 training session at IFP, on 17th July 2020 & NEEMSIS 2 fieldwork in Manamtavizhnthaputhur village in Tamil Nadu, November 2020]
NEEMSIS 2 is one of the first in-person surveys conducted in rural India in a post-COVID-19’s crisis. Hence, a substantial part of the pandemic’s short- (in the summer) and medium-term (fall/winter) impacts will be captured by our data. The NEEMSIS 2 quantitative survey will be completed by ongoing and coming qualitative interviews.
Webinar on "State of the indigenous peoples in times of pandemic"
AUGUST 10, 2020
A webinar on "State of the indigenous peoples in times of pandemic" was organised by the the Department of Social Sciences of IFP to have a deeper understanding of the state of Indigenous peoples in India and the critical issues impacting their livelihoods as they fight against the pandemic crisis. Our guest speakers of the webinar Prof. GN Devy and Prof. Sonajharia Minz shared their experience while discussing the present state of the indigenous peoples and provided valuable insights and measures to address the adverse impacts of the crisis faced by the indigenous communities. The webinar was convened by Mr. Kannan, Researcher in the Department of Social sciences at the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP).