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Partnering With The Corporate World To Address SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) address a gamut of many prime issues that countries around the world have been trying to solve for a long time now with varying degrees of success. Take the case of India. Alleviating poverty has been an objective from the day the nation was born and “Garibi Hatao” (Eliminate...

The Social Sector Offers Appealing Career Paths Too

Many young people today are attracted by the idea of social entrepreneurship. They want their work to be meaningful and have a rewarding career. These individuals want to contribute towards the betterment of society. Working for the sole purpose of earning a paycheck simply isn’t good enough anymore. Young individuals are looking for jobs...

Approaches for NGO Funding

Raising funds is a challenge witnessed by most non-government organisations (NGO) across all social sectors... Each organisation requires a funding strategy tailored to its own requirements. The development sector in India is increasingly witnessing drastic new changes. The inflow of foreign funding is expected to steadily decrease, directly impacting the resources of NGOs. Over the...

The Gender Review Of The 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report: Understanding The Urgency

Inequality in any form is dangerous for the development of the country and equally detrimental in progress of the society. It is high time to realize that gender inequality affects us all and all of us have equal role in building an inclusive society. Gender equality is a complex issue. Gender equality is not...

What Can India Learn From Japan’s Green Policies?

Early to industrialise in the 19th century, and a technology leader by the 20th, Japan saw many of the benefits of economic progress: capital accumulation, rising wages and high standards of living. However, the country’s development was not sustainable and, especially in the 20th century, was marred and constrained by industrial pollution. This led...

Harnessing The Power Of Collaboration In CSR- Making The Most Of 2017

The CSR Bill has established the role of corporate sector in the CSR domain. It is now crucial for them to join hands to create a larger footprint. Gone are the days when companies were debating the advantages and disadvantages of two percent mandate on CSR spend. The reality has finally sunk in and it...

CSR – Need For Its Tactical Deployment

As CSR provisions in the new companies Act are put to implementation on ground, debate on where and how CSR money should be spent seems to be gathering momentum. When the CSR provisions in the new act were conceived, it was estimated that quantum of CSR money would stand close to Rs 20,000 crores...

Who Drained My Water?

A FICCI study on Water Risks for Indian Industries (2012) found that groundwater is the major source of water for different industrial sectors across India. About 55% of those surveyed used groundwater with or without some other source of water. Clearly, this dependence on groundwater makes the industry very vulnerable to rainfall variations and...

On Path To Functional Literacy

The purpose of education is to help individuals gain skills and achieve their complete potential. Schools, universities and professional institutions are key in nurturing the intellect and curiosity of a person. Without measuring the quality of education, we are unable to define its effectiveness. There is a growing need for more sophisticated educational resources. The...

Walking the Talk: the Gap Between Intention and Action

The central premise of Section 135 of the Companies Act has been to link profits to welfare, leading to betterment of society as a whole. With the advent of this section, the creators of wealth and generators of profit were forced to acknowledge philanthropy beyond personal charitable giving. Philanthropy and the development sector suddenly became...

Three Pragmatic Strategies to Combat Plastic Menace

The growing population, rocket speed of production and hyper consumerism has added huge pressure on the natural resources. It is the festival time again in India and people are immersed in celebrations. Celebrations have ethnic, cultural and religious significance. It is natural to have huge spurt of activities around celebrations due to diversity of...

Emerging CSR trends for 2017

The amendment of Companies Act in 2013 introduced guidelines that marked the beginning of a change of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) landscape in India. This led to increased participation of corporates in social responsibility initiatives and enhanced CSR governance. Recent economic reforms have provided a direction for greater transparency and accountability, the influence of...

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