Social Enterprise Jobs in India – Who’s Hiring?

A few months ago, a 2nd year MBA student from Mumbai (let’s call him “Nikhil”) emailed me asking for advice/leads on the social enterprise sector. Nikhil had some exposure to the social enterprise sector and, when I last met him, was looking at “regular MBA” jobs as well. My immediate response was to send him …

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Hippocratic Oath for Social Entrepreneurs

On the final day of the Acara Summer Institute 2011, after the teams had made their final presentations, this appeal from Dr. Trilochan Sastry stayed with me: Whether you sell drip irrigation or polytunnel kits to farmers or build toilets for slum dwellers, could you ensure that the potential downside to your target users is …

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RSBY: a government initiative that (Gasp!) seems to work

[Editor’s Note: RSBY expands to Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (Hindi for “National Health Insurance Policy”). The brainchild of IAS officer and Director General of Ministry of Labour and Employment, Anil Swarup, the scheme was formally launched in 2008 to provide health insurance coverage for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. I first heard Anil Swarup speak on …

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Empaneled hospitals in RSBY Network (as of Feb 20, 2012)

State RSBY Hospitals Population Hosp. per Pop (MM) BPL Population Hosp. per BPL Pop (MM) Mizoram 87 10,91,014 79.7 4,03,675.2 215.5 Himachal Pradesh 201 68,56,509 29.3 25,36,908.3 79.2 Chhatisgarh 743 2,55,40,196 29.1 94,49,872.5 78.6 Haryana 672 2,57,53,081 26.1 95,28,640.0 70.5 Meghalaya 73 29,64,007 24.6 10,96,682.6 66.6 Gujarat 1,415 6,03,83,628 23.4 2,23,41,942.4 63.3 Punjab 514 2,77,04,236 …

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Arming farmers with timely information – what it really means

Reuters Market Light (RML). ITC eChoupal. Ekgaon Technologies. IKSL. TCS mKrishi. These are some of the leading social enterprise initiatives from established companies or startups that are attempting to deliver relevant information (crop prices, subsidies, weather, crop diseases, etc.) to India’s farmers so they can make better decisions. There’s no better to understand the final …

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Differences between CSR and CSV (Creating Shared Value)

Earlier this week, I wrote an overview post on Creating Shared Value. In the foreword, I loosely described the Shared Value concept as ‘CSR on steroids’. As though anticipating such loose characterizations, the authors of the Shared Value paradigm included a section that visually summarizes the key differences between CSR and CSV. I reproduce that …

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