Indian Americans are donating more than ever before to support broad-based social change aimed at reducing India’s inequities. The potential for impact is great, but so are the challenges.
Philanthropists should become more active impact investors, focusing on building sustainable social enterprises often overlooked by private investors who seek market-rate returns.
Serial technology entrepreneur Desh Deshpande is taking innovation techniques created at MIT and using them to solve social problems in India.
Initiatives to develop the economic potential of women are becoming a staple of corporate activity.
One of India’s largest, and most intractable, challenges is providing clean water to all of its 1.2 billion citizens.
Efforts to bring promising health care interventions to resource-constrained regions of the world often falter because entrepreneurs underestimate the array of obstacles that loom in their path.
By the Numbers
Indians are giving more time and more money to charitable causes in India.
Magic Bus is helping change the lives of Indian children living in poverty through a highly-scalable activity-based learning program.
Technical ingenuity and private funding enable Akshaya Patra to serve hot, healthy lunches to 1.4 million Indian children every day.
Silicon Valley insider Ram Shriram is focusing a great deal of time, money, and energy on helping innovative NGOs improve K–12 education in India.
Spotlight on Girls
Educate Girls is helping more than one million Indian schoolchildren.
Sometimes collaboration is the most direct route to impact.
The lack of toilets in India has a disproportionate impact on adolescent girls.
To ensure that its clean-water initiatives will stick and grow, Splash works with local partners that will take over when it moves on.
With a sustainable program structure, skilled advocacy, and targeted technical assistance, Evidence Action helped pull off the world’s largest one-day deworming event.
An effort to improve sanitation in developing countries yields lessons in how to achieve enduring, broad-based social impact.