AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN March Webinar: Funding Sustainable Livelihoods in India: Challenges and Opportunities

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)





Date & time

28 March 2019



28 March 2019


About this event

Despite India’s impressive economic growth, there is still a staggering population of 70 mil­lion people who are struggling to access stable and sustainable livelihoods in its rural hinter­lands. The growing urgency to address the country’s wealth gap has spurred rigorous efforts from the social economy – from the Government of India to social investors to an array of Social Purpose Organisations.

With the Government of India investing focused efforts to develop efficient poverty allevia­tion programmes, the rural poor have opportunities to increase their household incomes. These include improved access to financial services and sustain­able livelihood enhancements to nurture technical and managerial skills. Despite concerted efforts, there are still dire obstacles that require collective efforts in order to bridge these gaps.

This webinar by AVPN members Catalyst Foundation and Ennovent India is the outcome of a research study commissioned by the Ford Foundation in India, and will:

  • Examine the challenges faced by SPOs in garnering funds for livelihoods related interventions
  • Examine the challenges faced by funders/investors in funding livelihoods related programs
  • Provide actionable recommendations for funders/investors for funding sustainable livelihoods in India

About the Speakers


Chandrakant Komaragiri
Country Director,
Ennovent India

Chandrakant Komaragiri has over 8 years of experience in the social business, non-profit, and development sectors. He serves as Country Director of Ennovent India, overseeing operations, finance, and project implementation. He also works closely with portfolio companies of the Ennovent Impact Investment Holding. He has led projects to implement sustainable solutions across various sectors including water and sanitation, clean energy, and healthcare. Chandrakant has a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship from the Hult International Business School, UK, and a Bachelors in Physics from the American University in Cairo, Egypt

Siddhi Mankad
Trustee, Catalyst Foundation

Siddhi Mankad is a Trustee of the Catalyst Foundation, which seeks to promote the health and wealth of poor and marginalised communities. She has been working for over 20 years in the social sector, engaged in qualitative research, development communications and learning systems. She will be sharing the landscape of the supply of funding for sustainable livelihoods by the private sector, namely, their preferences across programmatic areas, occupations, and communities, and the rationale driving these decisions.

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