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Nisha Dhawan Nisha Dhawan

7 min read

To fully empower girls and young women, EMpower’s Country Director for India, Nisha Dhawan, tells us how EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation embraces  “participatory philanthropy”,  anchoring the opportunity for girls to write their own futures through their Girls Advisory Council in India.

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Shagun Sabarwal Shagun Sabarwal

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As various regions of India now begin to emerge from lockdown, an important step will be confronting the consequences of disruptions in routine services provided by government health workers, including immunisation, antenatal checks, and nutrition drives. These preventive healthcare services form the backbone of India’s aspiration to be a healthy country with low rates of infant, child, and maternal mortality and morbidity, and systematic measures to correct for recent disruptions are essential.

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Avijit Choudhury Avijit Choudhury

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As India enters into the 4th phase of lockdown, we are caught between the dilemma of savings lives or protecting livelihoods by keeping the economy open and running. The most marginalised, daily wage earners, unorganised labour class and those at the fringes of our society have been disproportionately affected. With the migrant labourers returning home with no cash or savings, village communities are stressed due to the loss of remittance income, and the added mouths to feed.

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Ashish Karamchandani Ashish Karamchandani

5 min read

Since the COVID-19 pandemic reached India, the focus of NGOs and CSR funders has been—correctly—on immediate relief activities, from providing supplies to migrants to giving targeted support to end-beneficiaries. This near-term work, however, may have an unintended adverse long-term impact on NGOs, especially those with significant CSR funding.

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Madhu Joshi Madhu Joshi

8 min read

Women’s representation in local governments is essential and has proven to be more impactful than bodies with unequal gender balance. One of the reasons is that women leaders have the same kind of preferences and development priorities as the people in their communities. The following article deals with the situation of women in local governance in India and gives a concrete example of how local governments with an increased influence of women are effective in crises like the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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Sonali Khan Sonali Khan

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With schools across the globe closing, the COVID-19 health emergency has brought unprecedented change and uncertainty to 1.5 billion learners in 165 countries1. Students are learning to adapt to the online educational opportunities that government and schools are hurrying to deliver to meet the challenge. For millions of young children at the pre-primary level, however, sources of safety and comfort – found in the familiar routine and structure provided by planned activities at school – are now dramatically altered.

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Rachel Chan Rachel Chan

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The 2019 draft National Education Policy (NEP) is touted as the policy set to have the most transformational impact on India’s education system. As the only education policy that accounts for the effects of the Internet and Telecom revolutions, the NEP drafting process also granted key players of the India education landscape a seat at the table. This is an unprecedented development in India’s education landscape and will act as a blueprint for the future of education in India. 

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Kadambari Anantram Kadambari Anantram

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With abundant data pointing towards poor learning outcomes in Indian primary and higher education, the Draft National Education Policy has shifted the focus from ‘schooling’ and ‘inputs and investments’ to ‘learning’ and ‘outcomes.’

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Rein Terwindt Rein Terwindt

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Too often, government officials in India are perceived as unmotivated and ineffective in driving change for their citizens. But these officials, particularly at the district level, are critical role models in translating ambitious plans into tangible behaviour change among headteachers and teachers at the school level.

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Kristin Siegel Kristin Siegel

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Impact investors are fueling solutions to the systemic challenges framed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — and they include Asian investments that catalyze solutions to social and environmental problems, finds a new report from Toniic, the global action community for deeper impact investing.

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Pranav Kumar Choudhary Pranav Kumar Choudhary

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With 30,000 youth joining the workforce every day, ensuring that they can participate meaningfully in the economy is a challenge. Instead of offering few supplementary courses, we need systemic solutions that upskill India’s young workforce at scale and prepare them  for the future.

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Leena Dandekar Leena Dandekar

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For most new philanthropists, making the transition from the corporate world to philanthropy can be intimidating. At first, it seems like they are opposing worlds with starkly contrasting objectives: one is motivated by profits while the other by creating positive social impact. I have realized, however, that the core skillsets of business are essential to making philanthropy more efficient and effective.

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