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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...

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...

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