Social Impact Multipliers: Overview

54% of Indians encourage children to become teachers: Study

Thursday, 22 November 2018 13:10
The survey also found that over three-quarters (77 per cent) of Indian respondents think that pupils respect their teachers – the third-highest of any country surveyed after Uganda (79 per…

How Indian companies approach CSR

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:58
Shankar Venkateswaran, Chief of Tata Sustainability Group, speaks to IDR about corporate giving in India. He shares little-known nuances of how companies approach CSR and what nonprofits can learn about…

Are the Elite Hijacking Social Change?

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:40
In Winners Take All, writer Anand Giridharadas calls out the hypocrisies of philanthropists. This is an exciting time for social innovation. Billions of dollars are flowing into philanthropy, market-driven solutions…

How civil society must adapt to survive its greatest challenges

Friday, 27 April 2018 15:21
Author: Silvia Magnoni, Head of Civil Society Communities , World Economic Forum This article has been originally posted on World Economic Forum

Rural India is eating less than it did 40 years ago

Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:39
Despite higher economic growth, malnutrition levels are almost twice as high in South Asia as compared to Sub-Saharan Africa. Author: Pavitra Mohan This article has been originally posted on

It’s time for philanthropy to step back into institution building

Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:23
Decreasing government investments have caused a decline in our institutions over the last three decades. It is up to philanthropy to reclaim its role in an area that is critical…

Lack of quality trainers impending India’s skill mission

Sunday, 18 March 2018 23:54
India needs to upgrade education curricula, revamp vocational training programmes and improve digital skills, says World Economic Forum

How companies are spending on CSR projects

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 03:46
The top 100 NSE companies are moving beyond compliance to focus on creating long-term impact for beneficiaries of their CSR projects

The persistent problem of unspent funds is a symptom of a deeper malaise

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 03:41
The bureaucracy’s culture of centralisation and penchant for paper work are the primary culprit

Ancient Mauryan technology brings water, hope to dry Magadh in Bihar

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 03:34
Inspired by a college professor, villagers in the south-central part of Bihar donated money, built traditional channels and embankments to irrigate fields and ease farm woes.

Can CSR funds aid efforts to tackle air pollution?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 03:28
Amid growing public outcry over worsening air quality, a few companies working with the farmers community as part of their CSR activities are realising the need to address the agro-waste…

A Mismatch in Philanthropic Interest and Support

Thursday, 14 December 2017 15:09
Author: Caitriona Fay This article has been originally posted on

How to Raise a Sweet Son in an Era of Angry Men

Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:59
Author: Faith Salie This article has been originally posted on

Making government schools great again

Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:57
Author: Amitav Virmani This article has been originally posted on

Our society has become so unequal. The wealthy need to be taxed more, says Rohini Nilekani

Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:36
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The search for higher purpose

Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:22
Author: Indrajit Gupta This article has been originally posted on

Poverty reduction efforts need to look beyond income and education

Thursday, 23 November 2017 08:27
Author: Keetie Roelen This article has been originally posted on

Why it’s time to get uncomfortable about ‘purpose’ and ‘meaning’

Thursday, 09 November 2017 10:43
Author: Agnes Otzelberger This article has been originally posted on The Happy Startup School Doing good” is all the rage. But in our pursuit of that warm glow feeling, we…

Our History Of Wars Shows How Rigid Ideologies Defeat Us

Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:45
Author: Koushik Hore, student of PGP in Development Leadership at ISDM This article has been originally posted on Youth ki Awaaz “[…] The people of India resolved to constitute India…

What social businesses are getting wrong

Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:32
Author: Swati Chaudhary This article has been originally posted on India Development Review Inclusive business has received much attention and investment over the last decade, yet the question persists: Why…

Inside out: Changing systems from within

Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:29
Author: Azad Oommen This article has been originally posted on India Development Review Given the enormity of India’s challenges, the most successful nonprofits are ones that have found pathways to…

Why fundraising must go digital

Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:24
Author: Ingrid Srinath This article has been originally posted on India Development Review When nonprofit leaders hear the word ‘retail fundraising’–small donations from many individuals–it usually draws one of two…

Why the rights way makes sense

Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:16
Author: Puja Marwaha This article has been originally posted on India Development Review Rippan Kapur, the late founder of CRY (Child Rights and You), had a friend who didn’t know…

How do you solve a problem like livelihoods?

Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:10
Author: Dr Sankar Datta This article has been originally posted on India Development Review What do we mean by ‘livelihoods’? It’s a term that is used frequently–and loosely– today. It…

Why crowdfunding is important for philanthropy to support

Friday, 27 October 2017 05:44
Author: Gautam John This article has been originally posted on India Development Review

Scaling: How to go from x to 10x

Friday, 27 October 2017 05:20
Author: Satyam Vyas This article has been originally posted on 4 Min Read

Why funders must support leadership development in nonprofits

Friday, 27 October 2017 04:41
Author: Pritha Venkatachalam and Danielle Berfond This article has been originally posted on India Development Review

How to crack the talent test

Friday, 27 October 2017 04:09
Author: Paul Breloff and Shloka Nath This article has been originally posted on 4 Min Read

NGOs fast emerging as great employers

Monday, 16 October 2017 00:56
Non-government organizations (NGOs) are the backbone of civil society in India. Increasingly, they are also the choice of people looking for a career in the public sphere. To that end,…

The changing art of giving

Friday, 13 October 2017 06:29
Mint speaks to four new-age change-makers at the ongoing 8th edition of Daan Utsav or Joy of Giving Week to understand how the giving landscape is evolving in urban India…

160 companies to face penal action for CSR violations

Friday, 13 October 2017 06:16
NEW DELHI: Penal action will be initiated against 160 firms for failing to comply with CSR norms under the companies law, according to Union minister P P Chaudhary. The minister…

The numbers don’t add up

Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:58
Author: Vikas Jha This article has been originally posted on India Development Review Numbers related to India’s education sector are mind-boggling, to say the least. With more than 1.5 million…

The Joy of Hanging in There

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 16:11
Don’t stop funding just because you can. By Kevin Starr Many funders, from small family outfits to marquee foundations, seem to operate under an unwritten rule that organizations should be…

Why the rights way makes sense

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 16:03
Author: Puja Marwaha This article has been originally posted on India Development Review Although its impact might not be visible in the short-term, rights-based work deserves to be supported because…

Why It Is Important To Invest In Leadership Of India’s Social Sector

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 15:41
Around ten years ago, my wife and I decided to meaningfully increase our engagement with the social sector. She had already moved into it full-time, and I was spending part…

The crying need for good CSR Talent

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:03
Companies report better CSR compliance in FY16 - The Economic TimesSection 135 of the Companies Act of 2013 requires cos to spend 2% of their average net profit for the…

The Collaboration Game: Solving the Puzzle of Nonprofit Partnership

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:58
Nonprofit collaboration is difficult; economics, game theory, and behavioral science offer lessons on how to do it well. By Jacob Harold Above the desks of many nonprofit executives you will…

Retail Giving: The power of many

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:32
Tired of jumping through CSR hoops and navigating foundation mazes to raise funds? Time to focus your energies on individual givers who bring a host of unique opportunities to your…

Why are millions of Indian women dropping out of work?

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:19
The numbers are stark - for the first time in India's recent history, not only was there a decline in the female labour participation rate, but also a shrinking of…

Markets cannot deliver healthcare, education

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:22
Markets, driven by the profit motive, cannot deliver good healthcare services. Photo: AFP Good healthcare needs other social institutions and structures such as public trust, enforceable professional ethical codes, public…


Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:11
Three Years Of CSR: Spending On The Rise, Yet Hurdles RemainCorporate social responsibility (CSR) rules, implemented in April 2014 under section 135 of the Companies Act, have generated a buzz…

Are CSR funds in education being used smartly?

Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:00
The cause of education received the highest amount of CSR funding but all the money is not being used for academics and training. In FY16, education received the highest amount…

Measuring social impact is complicated and may create dysfunctional incentives

Thursday, 15 December 2016 05:12
In some cases, it may lead to an image-management practice Julia Morley labels ‘business washing’ Increasingly, people who work for the good of humanity speak the language of business (G8,…

PSUs lead the way as India Inc steps up social spend, but still misses target

Thursday, 15 December 2016 05:02
MUMBAI: India Inc's social spending rose 28% in fiscal 2016 from the year before, but at Rs 8,345 crore it missed estimates, show data compiled from company filings. Government-owned companies…

Still seriously hungry and poor

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:09
Economic growth alone is not enough to achieve key Sustainable Development Goals. It must translate into jobs for the poor and marginalised India is the fastest growing large economy in…

Why most annual performance reviews suck and how we can make them better

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:02
I want to begin today's post with a story that is truly terrifying. Don’t read this by yourself in the dark: “It was a dark autumn afternoon. Jose, a Program…

Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 05:51
Finland’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. In international ratings, it’s always in the top ten. However, the authorities there aren’t ready to rest on …

How to Change the World

Saturday, 29 October 2016 11:43
A former cricket journalist (and failed cricket player), Roshan has spent his life questioning the status quo, and has built a career around connecting global citizens to solve social problems…

What make Good Development Management ?

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 07:36
In a previous paper ("What is Development Management?" published in 1996), the author gave two views of development management. One was management in the context of development as historical change.…

How top companies are blending CSR with responsible growth

Monday, 19 September 2016 07:44
Can a company that allocates sumptuous amounts for social initiatives be hailed a good company when its business operations cause long term systemic damages to the environment or economy? CSR…

What You Can Learn From Steve Jobs

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:51
1. Do what you love, 2. Put a Dent in the Universe, have a vision, 3. Connect things to spark creativity, 4. Say No to 1000 things, be selective 5.…

Improving Indian Women's Lives with a Smart Stove

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:49
Improving Indian Women's Lives with a Smart Stove - saving time, more healthy, more environment friendly

The Generosity Experiment

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:48
Explaining the concept of Impact Investing vs Philanthropy versus Capital Market

Dan Pallotta - The way we think about charity is dead wrong

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:47
Dan Pallotta, entrepreneurial pioneer and humanitarian activist, recently delivered a truly captivating and moving TED Talk titled, “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong.” He stressed society’s broad…

The Social Responsibility of Business - Alex Edmans

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:46
Alex Edmans, Professor (CSR and Corporate Finance) at London Business School, talks about the long-term impacts of social responsibility and challenges the idea that caring for society is at the…

Growth of Philanthropy in India impressive

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:45
Gates Foundation to focus on Health, Education, Farming and Digital Banking; India needs to play a critical role in this journey

Melinda Gates What nonprofits can learn from Coca Cola

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:36
3 important factors in improving the effectiveness of our work on the ground: Real time data and continuous innovation Tapping into local entrepreneurial talent Touching the right chord by understanding…

Jacqueline Novogratz - Tackling poverty with 'patient capital'

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:35
How "patient capital" can bring sustainable jobs, goods, services — and dignity — to the world's poorest

CSR Knowledge Series: Michael Porter - Concept of Shared Value

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:33
Professor Porter is the co-author, with Mark R. Kramer, of the seminal Harvard Business Review article introducing the shared value concept, “Creating Shared Value.” He is widely recognized as the…

CSR Knowledge Series: Harish Manwani - Profit's not always the point

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:25
The idea behind Responsible Business & Responsible Growth. One cannot survive and thrive by ignoring the environment and the concept of sustainability. The concept of stakeholders needs to be expanded…

CSR panel strength: the more the merrier

Friday, 12 August 2016 07:38
Bengaluru: Companies are looking at corporate social responsibility (CSR) as more than just a compliance exercise; the first signs of an attitudinal change are visible with their boards attempting to…

Govt notifies Early Childhood Care and Education policy

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 07:39
New Delhi, Aug 10 () Government has notified the national 'Early Childhood Care and Education' (ECCE) policy which aims to achieve holistic development of children below six years of age,…

Accreditation agencies could solve NPOs’ transparency conundrum

Friday, 22 July 2016 07:40
New Delhi: One common criticism of the not-for-profit sector is that it lacks transparency and accountability, making many donors including corporates wary of extending financial support. While a section of…

5 ways brands can build meaningful CSR programs

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 07:43
Brands are constantly unlearning and relearning ways to connect, engage and influence their now more en- lightened consumers. Marketing concepts have evolved and are becoming customer centric. This has significantly…

Government seeks CSR spending information

Sunday, 29 May 2016 07:41
NEW DELHI: Finding discrepancies in CSR spending data, the government has asked all eligible companies to furnish details about social welfare activities undertaken by them under the companies law. While…

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