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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...

A business-like Approach To A Not-for-Profit

Quite often, we come across the argument that a not-for-profit needs to be run in a business-like manner. The clamour for this has grown louder with many corporate firms setting up their own foundations and a committee of their boards beginning to oversee the developmental efforts. The argument is that just like any business...

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...

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