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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation;
Based on interviews, presents the best practices in recruiting, training, managerial development, and retention at India's top companies. Discusses the workforce development programs' scale, integration, technology application, and executive engagement.
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW);
Globally the garment industry is one of the biggest employers of low-skilled women workers. Despite their large numbers in the workforce, relatively few female garment workers advance to higher-level positions as they have limited opportunities to acquire the skills that would enable their professional and personal growth. In response to this need, Gap Inc. initiated the P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) workplace education program to teach women the managerial, interpersonal, organizational and other practical skills needed to move forward in work and in life.
This report summarizes findings from program evaluations conducted by ICRW from 2009 - 2013 at six factory sites where P.A.C.E. is implemented - two in India and one each in Cambodia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and China.
Research findings from these robust, multi-country evaluations demonstrate that P.A.C.E. is an effective, sustainable and scalable model that yields high returns for women, their families and the businesses where they work.
Kordant Philanthropy Advisors;
Interest in impact investments is growing worldwide, with Asia in particular holding great promise for innovation. But who are impact investors and what causes do they support? Which organizations are working in this sector?
Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN);
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, published the full release of The Landscape for Impact Investing in South Asia, a "state of the market" analysis of the impact investing industry in the region. The most comprehensive study of impact investment activity in South Asia to date, the full report includes a chapter for each of the six countries studied -- Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The report analyzes an active impact investing market across South Asia. Development finance institutions (DFIs) remain a significant player in the market, having deployed over $8 billion in impact capital to date. However, several other types of investors -- including VC/PE funds, foundations, family offices, and commercial banks -- are becoming increasingly active, and such non-DFI impact investors have deployed over $800 million to date in the region.
Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN);
This extensive report aims to provide a "state of the market" landscape analysis of the impact investing industry in six countries across South Asia -- Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Impact investments, as defined by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), are investments that intentionally seek to generate social and/or environmental impact alongside a financial return. In addition, the report captures other activity that may be relevant for impact investors, such as investments at the base of the economic pyramid that may lack an explicit intention for positive impact.
Swayam Krishi Sangam (SKS), a leading microfinance institution in India, has implemented an innovative approach to poverty reduction known as the Ultra Poor Program (UPP). SKS believes that income generation is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, but that the poorest are too vulnerable, too risk adverse and lack the entrepreneurial skills to make use of a microfinance loan. SKS therefore offers carefully targeted individuals with productive assets, close accompaniment, a cash stipend, a savings scheme and health services for 18 months, in order to 'graduate' them out of extreme poverty. The remit is to provide social safety nets with an effective 'exit' strategy, with particular attention to the challenge of scaling-up nationally.
As of August 2012, the Rockefeller Foundation has approved and funded 23 city projects that build urban climate change resilience (UCCR). These interventions have been initiated in the 10 core ACCCRN cities and have amounted to US $9.4 million, with some additional contributions from local governments and other local partners. Through ACCCRN, new projects in the 10 core cities will continue to be initiated until 2014, further expanding the base of practice. The city projects include both "hard" and "soft" measures, span multiple thematic sectors -- flood/ drainage, disaster risk reduction, water resources, housing and health -- with most projects addressing more than one sector in a single intervention. They also employ a range of approaches e.g. planning, further analysis, direct action, and coordination mechanisms.
This catalogue provides a brief overview of ACCCRN city projects across 10 cities.The following project sheets provide basic information about the city project, intended impacts and key beneficiaries.They also highlight the climate change vulnerabilities and urban issues that each project aims to address, as well as how projects contribute to improved urban climate resilience of the city's systems. These aspects are further explained below and are highlighted in each project sheet.
International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC);
Report by the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) aimed at promoting the inclusion of disability in emergency, conflict and refugee programmes. The particular objectives are to assess the extent of inclusion, networking and resources in post-tsunami contexts. The geographical focus was mainly on Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia. Includes a bibliography.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation;
The practice of community philanthropy, has witnessed a growing momentum internationally, as new forms of community solidarity models emerge at the local level. Because of their informal nature, it is difficult for some of these initiatives to grow or survive over time The global movement for community philanthropy offers a number of models for creating and sustaining community foundations which are owned and controlled from the 'bottom up.' Communities identify their own needs and objectives, and then work together to gather the needed resources internally -- whether in cash or in-kind -- to invest in the cause. This publication will shed light on this important practice and how it has contributed to more lasting and impactful results.
This case study is meant to stimulate problem solving and serve as a springboard for conversation for grantmakers on the subject of beginning a new programme area at a foundation. This short book is based on an actual experience of a programme officer at the Ford Foundation working with water management. The case study is one in a series by GrantCraft on basics for grantmakers and is sponsored by the Ford Foundation.
This report is the result of a collaborative project undertaken by Prerana and the Population Council to implement a life skills education programme for unmarried adolescent girls in rural Uttar Pradesh and to evaluate its effectiveness. The intervention programme aimed to empower unmarried adolescent girls aged 13-17 years and address their vulnerabilities by building their agency; fostering egalitarian gender role attitudes; building awareness about sexual and reproductive health matters; developing vocational skills and future work aspirations; and influencing perceptions about marriage and their ability to negotiate marriage-related decisions, delaying marriage and first pregnancy.
International Studies Program of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies;
The paper addresses issues which hamper the functioning of the local governments in India. In view of the fact more independence has been given to these institutions, there is room for more discussion about their efficient and equitable operations. The major issue is that State governments influence decision making of the local governments. The octroi (Bombay) and no-octroi (Cochin) cities which are policies of the States are vivid examples of how the States accentuate regional inequality. Octroi cities could be considered to be the better-off ones than the no-octroi cities. The property tax, a direct tax is alleged to be potential for unpopularity and therefore dependence on this is relatively less favored than its potential. This initial differentiation widens the disparity in the budget outlook of the local bodies with impacts on their infrastructural development. No-octroi cities rely more on the Property taxes to sustain their expenditures. In addition, other issues come into play, such as the difficulties in property tax administration. Any attempt to hike up property tax base and rate involves a political cost, which politicians are not willing to face. Other than the tax, the Rent Control Act (RCA) tends to freeze rental values, which consequently dampens housing construction and renovation, which in turn dampens the property tax base. The dampening of the housing industry suggests loss of revenue in terms of property taxes for the local bodies. To overcome these impediments, new funding methods such as the issue of Bonds and external Technical Assistance Projects were implemented.
Another issue addressed in this paper is the quality of the services provided. The lethargic performance of personnel in these institutions is a contributing factor to low performance as evidenced by poor water quality, and low quantity, bad sewerage and drainage, poor road conditions and pollution. To cope with these problems, some suggestions are made in this paper. In the first instance, revenue generation is very Important for the provision of services. On the cost side, over-staffing should be avoided in order to maintain expenditures within reasonable levels. The option for selective privatization, proper integration of NGOs and the Ward Committee in the local affairs need to be considered. Accountability is an additional tool which could be used to enhance productivity at the personnel level. Working Paper Number 00-08.