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Pranav Kumar Choudhary Pranav Kumar Choudhary

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Allied and Healthcare Professionals (AHPs) make a significant contribution to the healthcare delivery system. During any health crisis, they are the front warriors who help to scale up healthcare services under the supervision of Doctors and Nurses. Despite a huge demand for their services, this sector is highly fragmented in India mainly due to the absence of a central regulatory authority.

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Pritha Venkatachalam Pritha Venkatachalam

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An understanding of community engagement models can be illuminating for those working—or aspiring to work—with slum communities in the context of COVID-19. The Bridgespan Group has identified critical ways for policymakers, funders, and practitioners to better engage communities and build back better.

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Pranav Kumar Choudhary Pranav Kumar Choudhary

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There is an urgent need to educate the masses about the importance of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for combating COVID-19. Based on learnings from the past pandemics, building awareness about executing the NPIs and promoting leadership at community level to ensure its compliance, may help in mitigating the crisis.

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Akanksha Sharma Akanksha Sharma

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With only a decade left to the agreed deadline for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it will be of utmost importance for corporates to align business interests more closely with the standards of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) sustainability.

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Gandhar Desai Gandhar Desai

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Nutrition is a massively underfunded global social and health issue. In contrast to the over USD 500 billion spent per year on fossil fuel subsidies, the funders spend only about USD 3.9 billion annually on efforts to reduce malnutrition. In 2016, the World Bank estimated that governments and donors needed to spend an additional USD 7 billion annually for the next 10 years over the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025)[1] to meet targets set by the World Health Assembly, a goal that remains unrealised. The scarcity of funding for nutrition is puzzling given its high social return on investment. Every USD 1 spent on basic nutrition gives back an estimated USD 16 to the local economy, comparable to investments in health, irrigation, and roads.

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Nisha Dhawan Nisha Dhawan

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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

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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

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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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