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AVPN February Webinar: FSG Inclusive Markets and its Program to Improve Private Preschool Education (PIPE)

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)





Date & time

23 February 2017



23 February 2017


About this event

Investing in high quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) could provide the highest return on investment for promoting economic growth. The impact of high quality ECE is often more pronounced for children from low-income families than those from more advantaged families. Children from low-income households often do not have the benefit of supportive learning environments at home and are therefore inadequately prepared for primary school. High quality early childhood education can bridge this gap.

What does high quality ECE exactly mean? What are the barriers and opportunities in promoting affordable high quality education? In an effort to answer these questions, FSG Inclusive Markets, an AVPN member, embarked on a multi-year research program – Program to Improve Private Preschool Education (PIPE) in March 2015 with the objective of designing a framework that clearly supports affordable private schools in improving the quality of pre-primary education offered.

In this webinar, FSG will share some of their insights on the ECE market from the interviews held with more than 4,000 low-income parents; the state of the early childhood education system in India, as well as highlights from their research on affordable private preschools.

About the Speakers

Vikram Jain 
Director, FSG Inclusive Markets

Vikram Jain is a Director at FSG Inclusive Markets, based in Mumbai, and heads PIPE.  With over 15 years of experience in strategy, operations, and technology consulting, Vikram brings strong skills in developing strategy, developing new business models, policy advocacy, customer research at BoP, and leading programs to create large-scale social impact. Prior to working on PIPE, Vikram led FSG’s low-income housing program in India, and also explored market-based interventions to make skilling a viable business.
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Vignesh Shankar
Associate Director, FSG Inclusive Markets

Vignesh Shankar is an Associate Director at FSG Inclusive Markets, and is a part of the PIPE team. Vignesh came to FSG with a variety of experiences across management consulting and financial services, including research, strategy development, and large scale operations improvement. Prior to working on PIPE, Vignesh worked on assessing the feasibility for market-based solutions to address adolescent health needs in urban India, assessing the scaling potential for demand-driven training (skilling) in South Africa, and on identifying key market failures in family planning provisioning in India.
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About the Organisations

FSG: Reimagining Social Change

FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through customized consulting services, innovative thought leadership, and support for learning communities, we help foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments around the world accelerate progress by reimagining social change. Learn more at www.fsg.org

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