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The Role of Small Cities in Shaping Youth Employment Outcomes in India (TTI)

This project will address the challenge of sustainable youth employment in India through research that examines the role of small cities in creating employment pathways for non-metropolitan youth. Growing workforce, internal migration The future of sustainable growth in several emerging markets rests on the ability of its young populations to find gainful employment. This demographic opportunity is particularly important in India where 10 million young people join the workforce annually. Every year, 326 million Indians move internally in search of jobs and skills, influencing employment and migration patterns. The Government of India has made it a policy priority to create jobs at scale, especially high-quality, productive employment opportunities. From large cities to small urban centres One noted trend has seen young men and women increasingly seek employment and education opportunities in small, secondary or non-metropolitan cities. These small cities have registered impressive growth in their populations and GDP concentration. The trend is likely to intensify over the next few decades. Small city research to improve outcomes The role of small cities in socio-economic development is not well understood. This research project will address this gap by exploring how small cities can shape employment outcomes for migrant youth, specifically for women and youth from non-metropolitan backgrounds. The research will focus on small city governance and policy frameworks. It will break new ground in the study of migration, urbanization, and labour markets. Based on the findings, the research team will offer policy reform recommendations to enable small city governments to improve employment outcomes for migrant youth. This project is a part of a comparative research study between two countries, so it will also be implemented in Indonesia. This large Asian economy faces challenges similar to India. The research findings from Indonesia will provide a richer analysis of the role of small cities in shaping youth employment outcomes in the region's large, middle-income economies. This project is funded under the Think Tank Initiative (TTI), a multi-funder program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or think tanks, in developing countries. The program aims to enhance their ability to provide sound research that informs and influences policy.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
30 months
IDRC Officer
Seema Bhatia-Panthaki
Total Funding
CA$ 99,827.00
Think Tank Initiative
Think Tank Initiative
Institution Country
Project Leader
Mukta Naik
(Chief, Administrative Services) for and on behalf of Centre for Policy Research Registered Society