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Returning to the Migration Meme

In the past week, three conversations with three different migrants in Bangalore (all working as security guards) reminded me why I need to devote more time (and blog space) to the migration meme. Conversation #1: RMM works for Handiman Services as a security guard supervisor in Koramangala. RMM is 50 years old, hails from Jajpur […]

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WaterAid’s Review of Total Sanitation Campaign

[Possibly TechSangam's 1st Oops moment: A friend/reader just alerted me to the fact that the WaterAid report, on which this post is based of, is from 2008 and not 2012 as I had assumed. Will hunt for more recent insights and update/link accordingly. Apologies!] WaterAid India is shortly expected to release a report on how […]

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The myth of scalability in Indian social enterprises

Last summer, I attended a few sessions of the Acara Summer Institute – a three-week crash course in social entrepreneurship at the university level. I introduced myself to the group with the usual song-and-dance about why I was passionate about social enterprises and why we needed more of those instead of millions of well-meaning (but […]

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Empowering Bihar’s rural health workers with mobile phones and money transfer

[Editor's Note: Since Jan 2011, Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) has been leading the implementation of a mobile money transfer pilot for ASHAs in Bihar's Sheikhpura district. At the pilot's 5-month mark, Lalitha Iyer (Gender Advisor to NIPI) created an interim findings report based on her field visit and interactions with 80 ASHAs and other […]

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FarmsNFarmers – a full-service approach to maximizing farmers profits

[Editor's Note: A few weeks ago, I had an engaging conversation with Shashank Kumar, co-founder of Farms N Farmers, an end-to-end farmer consulting-and-marketing social enterprise with the goal to maximize profits for small plot farmers. This post is based on our conversation and subsequent email exchanges.] After 5 long months, I was finally reminded of […]

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Corruption Cases in the Indian States – a Visual Story

Our good friends at PRS Legislative Services took 10-years of corruption case data (2000-2009) from National Crime Records Bureau and created a very useful visualization using Tableau. I’ll start off with some surprising observations before presenting the detailed graphical trends. The top 5 states, in descending order of total cases registered, are Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Orissa, […]

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Anand Kumar’s Super 30 Journey

  Well organized conferences usually feature popular speakers towards the start and end of the day. The penultimate session at Sankalp Forum Day#1 featured a talk by Anand Kumar (of Super 30 fame) — and what a talk it turned out to be. It helped that the audience had a high awareness of Super 30 […]

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Khata Kholo Har Darwaza Kholo – Eko’s Branchless Banking (Part 1)

[Editor's Note: A few weeks ago I had an engaging phone conversation with Abhishek Sinha, co-founder and CEO of Eko Financial Services, a trailblazing branchless banking social enterprise that's making a dramatic difference to the lives of India's migrants. This two-part series draws extensively from our phone conversation, follow-up email exchanges, and related research. Khata […]

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The Twentyfirst Century Kabuliwalas of India

Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali poet, novelist, playwright, painter and musician) is renowned for so many works of art that it seems almost criminal to dwell on a personal favorite. Yet I must. Tagore’s Kabuliwala is a poignant tale set in Calcutta about a poor Pathan from Afghanistan (Abdur Rehman Khan) who lives with his old mother […]

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