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Leveraging Technology For CSR

This is the Social Development space, dude! Don’t you get it, we are driven by passion and sweat and the human touch. The cold tendrils of Technology have no place here. Thus went the reprise when I started working in the Social Development space, not such a long time ago, as a matter of fact....
partnerships

Partnerships that Enable Impact at Scale

“Are you implementing a local / specific solution or are you willing to subsume your approach in a collaborative approach?” “Do we work with governments or do we create a parallel delivery mechanism?” “When do we build a solution ground up and when do we adapt from other similar projects?” “Is your mandate limited by...
biodiversity

Biodiversity, the lesser child of CSR

Usually when conversations happen on CSR in India, it is often seen that the topics being discussed are community development, with programmes like education, health-care, sanitation, livelihood.... and of course, the newer kid on the block, the CSR law. It is interesting how when you expand the acronym, CSR becomes Corporate Social Responsibility, and...
Resilience in CSR

Intersection of CSR and business resilience

Most business leaders you speak to would agree that corporate social responsibility is important. Some would rattle off a long list of things they believe their company does -- from saving energy with green buildings to empowering employees with donation matching, fundraisers and volunteer work that helps charities. But is this really enough anymore? In...
Morocco

Morocco’s development model could show India the way

In recent decades, the Kingdom of Morocco has embarked on a path that fully commits the nation to a development and civil course that is at once progressive and strongly connected to its national identity. The Moroccan model for success - with its core ideals of decentralisation, human development, multiculturalism, south-south connectivity, and participatory...

Key regulatory shifts in Indian corporate governance in 2018

The subject of Corporate Governance (CG) started to gain headway in India in the mid 1990s especially after certain unprecedented capital market events in the early 1990s. In general parlance, CG can mean some set of principals by which a company should ideally be directed and controlled. CG has come a long way since, until...

How storytelling can help achieve SDGs

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired in 2015, had little impact in accelerating global development efforts. The slow progress of the MDGs, was in large part due to low awareness amongst the general public on what the goals meant and what action needed to be taken. Effective communication, hence, will be a critical...

My journey to the interiors of Maharashtra

After his experiences facilitating healthcare in the villages of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Dr Anantpal Singh writes about Maharashtra in his series. Maharashtra is India’s second-most populous state and third-largest state by area. It is one of the few states which gave a very hard time to the Mughal invaders. It was always an important...
stories at work

Stories Are Powerful — Evolution and Biology Have a Role to Play

For sale: baby shoes. Never worn. When you read these six words, what feelings do they evoke? Don’t these six words immediately make us empathize with an unknown, grief-stricken woman? We can almost visualize the situation and our hearts go out to her. Ernest Hemingway wrote this story, calling it a six-word novel. It shows the...
bridging the gender gap

Bridging The Gender Gap

Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life fairer for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie ― Gloria Steinem Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but...

CSR Spends: What The Data Tells Us

Four years after the CSR mandate, here's a look at the geographies and sectors funds were directed towards; what has changed in the way companies give; and how we can address the gaps that still exist. Section 135 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013, or the CSR clause, came into effect on April 1, 2014....

Gaur Gopal Das: Service Brings Joy

The land of Barsana, two hours’ drive south of New Delhi, is sacred to those who practise bhakti yoga. It is home to people who have been brought up to make spirituality their life’s focus, to imbibe the qualities of selflessness and loving service. However, these very people do not have the best healthcare systems....

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