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Tag: Livelihood Creation


Livelihood Creation Profile: Prantae Solutions


This is part a series in which we will profile organizations in India who received a Social Innovation grant through the SAI/Tata Trusts project on Livelihood Creation.

 

The video above is a brief onsite interview in Bhubaneswar between Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director, Harvard SAI, and Sumona and Aseem on the impact of the Livelihood Creation Project, workshop, grant and mentorship on Prantae and its mission of affordable diagnostics and healthcare for India.

 

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Livelihood Creation Profile: Smart Joules


This is the first in a series in which we will profile organizations in India who received a grant through the SAI/Tata Trusts project on Livelihood Creation.

The video above is a brief onsite interview in New Delhi between Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director, Harvard SAI, and Arjun Gupta on the impact of the Livelihood Creation Project, workshop, grant and mentorship on Smart Joules and its mission of energy efficiency for India.

Smart Joules

Energy efficiency is the cleanest, quickest and cheapest way to bring more than 300 million Indians out of energy poverty. By eliminating waste in their own operations, building owners can save money, simplify operations, improve comfort and free up resources for the less fortunate. Smart Joules makes this process seamless and profitable from day one.

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Leveraging Online Platforms Effectively for Indian Crafts


Prof. Khaire in Conversation with PanelistsThis is part of a series about the SAI/Tata Trusts workshop on Creating Livelihoods for the Indian Craft Sector.

By Gayatri Divecha, Project Consultant and Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director

Nearly all of the 400 organizations that applied for the Tata Trust-Harvard SAI Crafts Workshop indicated that social media and e-Commerce are two areas in which they struggle. In order to build capacities on how to best leverage the digital space, we invited Ritesh Mehta Head of Economic Initiatives – India and South Asia, Facebook, and Nitin Pamnani, co-founder, Tokri to address the workshop participants. They both provided significant inputs that can help crafts-based organizations navigate online platforms.

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Best Practices to Bolster Sales in the Indian Crafts Sector


This is part of a series about the SAI/Tata Trusts workshop on Creating Livelihoods for the Indian Craft Sector

Displaying a Product while talking about salesBy Gayatri Divecha, Project Consultant and Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director

Aditi Aman Shah, Rare Earth Design and Meeta Sandeep, Either/Or, shared their experiences in merchandizing and retailing handicrafts products and working with crafts-based enterprises. It is vital for crafts-based organizations to adapt principles of merchandizing and retailing to bolster their sales. We recap key takeaways below.

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Four Fundraising Fundamentals for the Indian Crafts Sector


 

The PanelistsThis is part of a series about the SAI/Tata Trusts workshop on Creating Livelihoods for the Indian Craft Sector

By Gayatri Divecha, Project Consultant and Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director

This informative panel discussion on brought together perspectives from four different stakeholders – an impact investment fund, a grant making foundation, a certification organization and a think tank represented by Shishir Dash, Tata Trusts; Apurva Bubna, Aavishkaar; Madhura Dutta, All India Artisans and Craftsworkers Welfare Association; and Aditya Ramji, Council on Energy, Environment and Water. The focus was on providing practical insights on how craft organizations can unlock funds, government schemes and certifications.

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From Sunset to Sunrise: The Immense Untapped Potential of India’s Crafts


This is part of a special series on the SAI/Tata Trusts Workshop on ‘Creating Livelihoods for the Indian Craft Sector’ held in January in Gandhinagar

Ashoke Chatterjee addressing the workshop

Ashoke Chatterjee addressing the workshop

By Gayatri Divecha, Project Consultant and Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director 

In his keynote address, Ashoke Chatterjee, former Director of the National Institute of Design (NID) and Hon. President of the Crafts Council of India, provided a comprehensive overview to the Indian Crafts Sector. The story of India’s crafts is unique. They enabled us to fight for our freedom; they were included in the first five-year plan; and have played an important role in economic renaissance between 1947 and 2000.

Documenting the Indian Crafts Sector

However, six years ago the Crafts Council of India (CCI) discovered that data on crafts was so woefully incomplete that they approached the Government to remedy the situation. To their surprise, they were told that crafts were a ‘sunset sector’, an embarrassment having no place in a modern society, with no importance for the future. Convinced that there cannot be an India without crafts, CCI embarked upon a journey with the Tata Trusts and the Planning Commission to improve data which would represent the bedrock for understanding the need and urgency of investing time and resources into crafts. Moreover, it would play an important role in guiding policy and decision making especially considering that the latest census only counts economic establishments and overlooks those who make products for themselves, barter and produce part-time. CCI and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Govt. of India are working towards a survey design that will demystify artisans’ and crafts people’s contribution to the national economy.

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Webinar: Working with boys and men to prevent gender based violence


DSC04912By Anisha Gopi, Project Manager

On July 28th 2016, the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) and Tata Trusts hosted the third webinar of a multi-part series on Women’s Empowerment. The webinar, titled ‘Working with Boys and Men to Prevent Gender Based Violence,’ consisted of a panel of eminent speakers. The first was Ms. Rujuta Teredesai – Heron, a journalist and Co-founder of Equal Community Foundation in India, an organization that works with engaging boys and men to prevent violence and discrimination against women. The second speaker was Dr. Gary Barker, the President and CEO of Promundo, a global organisation that promotes gender justice and prevents violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. He is also a member of the UN Secretary General’s Men’s Leaders Network and has been honored with an Ashoka Fellowship from the Open Society Institute, and the Vital Voices Solidarity Award. The webinar was moderated by Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and Director of Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. The webinar focused on successful interventions by ECF and Promundo and lessons learned while working with boys and men.

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Empowering girls through education


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Shantha Sinha, left, with Jacqueline Bhabha

By Anisha Gopi, Project Manager

On July 25th, 2016 the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) and Tata Trusts hosted the second webinar of a multi-part series on Women’s Empowerment. The webinar titled ‘Empowering Girls through educational access and opportunity:  What enables deprived girls to succeed’ was led by Professor Shantha Sinha, one of India’s leading child rights activists and founder of M. Venkatarangaiya (MV) Foundation. Professor Sinha was formerly the Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and has been honoured with the Raman Magsaysay Award and the Padma Shri. The webinar was moderated by Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Director of Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.

The 90 minute webinar focused on factors enabling girls to attend school, challenges faced by school-going girls and successful strategies for ensuring girls have access to secondary education. It was attended by grassroots practitioners, students and academicians from India, the US and the UK.

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Webinar: Intellectual Property in Creative Industries


By Kundan Madireddy, Project Manager, and Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director

On May 4th, the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) and Tata Trusts hosted the sixth webinar in its multi-part series on issues connected with Livelihood Creation in India. This webinar titled ‘Intellectual Property in Creative Industries’ was relevant for social sector organizations connected with creative industries.

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names, and images used in commerce. IP is an important aspect in the age of globalization as organizations look beyond borders to do business.

Led by Guriqbal Singh Jaiya, Director-Advisor to the Executive Director, WIPO Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this webinar provided an overview of some important principles and practices related to IP that social enterprises should consider if they wish to successfully scale up and achieve impact.

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Webinar: Social Enterprises In India: Some Guiding Principles For Scale And Impact


By Kundan Madireddy, Project Manager, and Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director

PHOTO FOR THE WEBINAR BLOGOn April 29th, the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) and Tata Trusts hosted the fifth webinar of a multi-part series. This session was on ‘Social Enterprises in India’ and was relevant for organizations across different social sectors.

Led by Professor Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard University South Asia Institute, and Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School, this webinar provided an overview of some important principles and practices that social enterprises should consider if they wish to scale up and achieve impact successfully.

Numerous social organizations have made a difference to society in diverse fields. Some of the prominent examples from those in India or active in India that Professor Khanna noted during the webinar include Narayana Health, Khan Academy, BRAC, Amul, Pratham, Parliamentary Research Services (PRS), and Aspiring Minds.

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