Speaker Sarath DAVALA


Sarath Davala is a sociologist with a doctorate from Delhi University. He was an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore for seven years, and then found his calling in the rural India. For the past 15 years, he has worked with various rural organisations as a research and development consultant. He has worked for 20 years with Self Employed Women's Association, a women workers trade union in India with two million members.

He was the Research Director of the Basic Income pilot project that was initiated by SEWA and UNICEF during 2010-14. He is the co-author of “Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India?”, published by Bloomsbury, London in 2015. 

In 2015, along with a group researchers, he founded the India Network for Basic Income (INBI) which now has about 100 members. He is currently devoting much of his time to build INBI, and also an Asia Network for promotion of Basic Income.

Sarath believes that there is an urgent need to provide Basic Income to all now, because we cannot wait the failure of existing sytems to establish a new order, just for all. For him, Unconditional Basic Income is neither charity or a welfare scheme or a safety net. It is a human right, based on the concern that “nobody in this world should start from zero.”

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