2020 AVPN Conference

Constellations

Illuminating Stellar Collaborations by
AVPN Members

This year, we are proud to recognise 5 outstanding collaborative solutions that are addressing complex problems of our times.

  

Challenge At Hand

A typical student in India is at least two grades behind the level expected in literacy and numeracy indicators for their age. Therefore, there is a need to improve the quality of learning and learning outcomes for children, as also emphasised in SDG-4 (Quality Education).

Collaborative Solutions

The Quality Education India Development Impact Bond (DIB) brings together over 15 organisations from the private, public and nonprofit sectors, for the first time, to improve learning outcomes for 200,000+ primary school children from marginalised communities in India. These interventions enable students to ‘catch-up’ between 1 -2.5 grades over the course of four years, moving children towards their age-appropriate learning levels.

Partners

Implementing Partners

Risk Investor

Convener & Intermediary

Anchor Funder

Supported by

Outcome Evaluator

Performance Manager

Corporate Partner

Knowledge & Technical Partners

Legal Partners

Type Of Resources Pooled

  • Estimated total financial contribution (in USD): $11m
  • Michael and Susan Dell Foundation’s technical insight into India’s education sector
  • UBSOF’s experience from being risk funders on the Educate Girls DIB – the first DIB in India.
  • BAT’s deep expertise in South Asia and wide networks helped to secure new donors and champions for this DIB.
  

  

Challenge At Hand

There is increasing pressure on public healthcare services in India due to scarce human resources and inadequate infrastructure. Technologies, especially emerging technologies, may have a transformational impact on health delivery in India but there is inadequate ecosystem preparedness and policy frameworks to propel these innovations.

Collaborative Solutions

Technical experts need to partner with the public sector to build progressive policies that integrate AI into public health. Thus, the project initiative, AI in Public Health, was created to assist the government to achieve health outcomes by digitizing healthcare services, which supports priorities in India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to roll out the National Digital Health Blueprint. The team instituted sustainable governance structures to resolve key policy challenges in kick starting the AI ecosystem for public health and engaged the larger ecosystem in creating suggestive policy frameworks. Further, in-depth analysis of various national health programmes was conducted to understand existing AI readiness and key application areas for emerging technologies.

Partners

Type Of Resources Pooled

  

  

Challenge At Hand

In Indonesia, 1 in 3 children under the age of 5 are stunted, the 5th highest rate in the world, according to the 2013 National Health Survey. Stunting not only causes children to be more susceptible to diseases, but also impairs their mental and physical development.

Collaborative Solutions

A 5-year programme, Better Investment for Stunting Alleviation (BISA), has been designed to assist the Government of Indonesia to realise their stunting reduction goals. By effectively implementing nutrition policies and utilising government funding, BISA aims to improve sanitation access and practices at provincial, district and village levels. Read more on the programme via The Power of Nutrition’s website.

Partners

Type Of Resources Pooled

  • Estimated total financial contribution (in USD): $10m across two Indonesian provinces, West Java and East Nusa Tenggara
  • Executing a gender-sensitive social behaviour change plan
  • Providing technical guidance to health and nutrition service providers
  • Advocating across national, provincial, district and village levels to reallocate budgets for stunting reduction

  

Challenge At Hand

Youth in India are not sufficiently equipped with 21st century employability skills needed for a digital economy.

Collaborative Solutions

The Future Right Skills Network empowers 100,000 youth every year with foundational employability skills. Youth enrolled in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the states of Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, are provided 250 hours of training for skills on digital fluency, workplace readiness, career management and life skills. Quest’s curriculum is also optimized for mobile phones to enable on-the-go self-learning. This partnership aims to to transform the ITI skilling ecosystem through digital technologies, capacity building, and 21st-century skills for students and educators.

Partners

Accenture, Cisco and Quest Alliance to equip 1.5 million youths across India with foundational employability skills for the digital economy.

Type Of Resources Pooled

  • Customizing digital and classroom tools to suit the context of industrial training institutes. Quest Alliance tailored 250 hours of training for learners and educators to suit the context of Industrial Training Institutes. This curriculum was also optimized for mobile to drive impact alongside greater digital inclusion.
  • Co-authoring student curriculum on “Employability Skills”
  • Innovations in projects like a low cost Raspberry Pi server that hosts digital content in an offline environment
  • Consulting services to review systems, drive relationships and connections with the Govt. of India and State Governments

  

Challenge At Hand

In Indonesia, there is a considerable challenge in delivering high-quality teaching to every student across the country.

Collaborative Solutions

Inisiatif Kepemimpinan Pendidikan untuk Raih Prestasi (INSPIRASI) aims to develop a proven school leadership development model that can improve student learning. By working with philanthropists, corporates, academics and policymakers to implement and analyse different pilot programs, this 1.5 year collaboration can support school leaders from across 25 medium to low performing schools through professional development workshops and one-to-one coaching sessions.

In July 2020, INSPIRASI will bring on an additional 90 schools making the total pilot group 115 schools. The cohort consists of primary schools serving marginalized students both from the public and religious (madrasahs) schools.

Partners

Type Of Resources Pooled

  • Funding in the form of cash grant and in-kind support
  • Best practices were sourced from similar programs in India, Malaysia, and Kenya

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