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Understanding The True Meaning Of Individual Social Responsibility In The Context Of Demonetisation

Investopedia defines demonetisation as, “the act of stripping a currency unit of its status as legal tender. Demonetisation is necessary whenever there is a change of national currency. The old unit of currency must be retired and replaced with a new currency unit.” The demonetisation of banknotes policy was enacted by the Government of India ceasing the usage...

Embracing Traditional Wisdom In CSR

“When an old person dies, a whole library burns.” The age-old African proverb is apt to explain the significance of ancestral wisdom. Since time immemorial, we all have been hearing and have also witnessed how rural communities across geographies have built an invaluable pool of indigenous practices based on traditional knowledge and wisdom. Farmers predict rainfall...

Averting The ‘Smoke On Water’

India is on the way to become very highly urbanised with 60% of its population expected to live in cities by 2050. But urbanisation is not a new story in India. Bengaluru, India’s Silicon Valley, has gone from being a “City of Lakes” and a “Garden City” to becoming an urban nightmare. A grim...

Strengthening The Development Ecosystem To Maximise Social Impact

Three years since the Companies Act, which enabled essential reforms in governance, transparency and accountability – the landscape of Indian development sector is changing. Many corporate organisations falling under the ambit of the CSR law have taken the necessary steps to adhere to the guidelines. The potential investment in CSR from Indian Inc annually...

Poverty: Understanding The Concept And Measures In Indian Context

It was interesting to read a series of tweets consolidating year 2016 from the International Spectator on Twitter. Some of these include, India tops the GDP charts with 7.2%; India stands third position with 111 billionaires, next to US and China and military spending is around 51$ billion, ahead of Japan and Australia. Ironically,...

Why Engaging With The Government Is An Imperative

I come across many NGOs and foundations which are inimical to the thought of working with the government. They cite many reasons for not doing so – bureaucracy is stifling; bribes are asked for; government often mistreats you; there is too much interference to the design of your intervention etc. Well, for sure, working...

Let the Evidence Speak for Itself

The good news is - most companies are fulfilling their social responsibility. The question remains – is that really what communities need? According to research, people feel that corporate social responsibility is not effective and failing in some cases. For instance, only 13% people trust what they read in a corporate firm’s CSR or sustainability...

What is Internal Carbon Price to Corporations?

A lot has happened on the climate change front in the last two years. Around December 2015, in Paris, we as a global community, achieved what was considered to be unattainable - a consensus amongst all countries on a target to combat climate change. They agreed to hold planetary warming to well-below two degrees...

PROMOTING CLEANLINESS THE ART WAY

A research points out beauty as one of the top three factors in creating social attachment towards one’s town or city. While there has been a growing need to maintain cleanliness in the city – especially densely populated areas, the Swachha Bharat Abhiyaan has provided a much-needed platform and sense of awareness among the...

Social Leadership To Accelerate Inclusive Development

Strong leadership is significant in achieving social change. India boasts of a rich history illuminated by the power of eminent leaders who have worked to abolish social evils, overcome social norms and create significant social change. A collective sense of responsibility is an undeniable necessity to catalyse positive social change. However, social leaders are...

An Overview of the Global Education Monitoring Report 2016: Understanding the Basic Framework

Education is one of the basic human rights that needs to be provided by all nations. It is important to note that education is for life and learning is life-long as it creates equal opportunities for all. According to Gandhi, “by education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in child and...

Digitalising Rural India Through CSR

Budget 2017-18 promises 1.5 lakh gram panchayats with high-speed broadband service by the end of the year. This may invite a range of reactions. Someone might say “Really? This looks like an impossible task to achieve.” There might be yet another section saying “Rural poor need jobs, not technology”. While there could be varied opinions...
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