Finclusion: Empowering Women Through Digital Finance

Did you know that poor women account for 1.1 billion of the world’s unbanked adults, or most of the financially excluded?

Financial inclusion needs to bridge gender gaps for it to become truly inclusive, and India has a long way to go in this respect.

In order for digital finance to reach rural women sustainably, there is a need to bring together stakeholders from policy, government, businesses, digital financial solution providers, community-based organisations, and funders, to discuss pathways to collaboration for sustained outcomes.

To achieve this, L&T Financial Services and Sattva have taken a bold first step in focusing their efforts on digital financial inclusion of women in rural India through the conception of Finclusion: Empowering Women Through Digital Finance – a participatory dialogue on learnings, gaps and potential to harness digital financial inclusion for rural women in India.

The summit will take place on 1st February, 2019 from 9am to 2pm in New Delhi.

In an effort to establish knowledge sharing and thought leadership in this largely untapped ecosystem, Finclusion will bring together some of the most eminent thought leaders in the space, including Shri Krishnan Dharmarajan of Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion and Renana Jhabvala of SEWA Bharat among others.
With discussions on topics of great contemporary significance like “Partnerships in effective delivery of financial inclusion” among panellists like Prabhat Labh, CEO of Grameen Foundation and P. Satish, Executive Director of Sa-Dhan, the national-level platform hopes to facilitate vibrant discussions between stakeholders across the board, and ultimately, enable sharing of best practices, solutions and partnerships around women empowerment through digital finance.

Finclusion: Empowering Women Through Digital Finance is an event you won’t want to miss, especially if you wish to leave a lasting impact in the digital financial inclusion space.

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Pragya Maheshwari

Pragya is part of the Consulting Services team in Delhi, leading delivery for clients in the education sector for bringing systemic transformation at scale.

She has over 5 years of experience across multiple functions such as product management, sales strategy, operations management and analytical consulting. At Sattva she has worked as part of a USAID Program called Securing Water for Food, supporting 5 different social enterprises from across the globe (India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Ghana and Mozambique) on their business models, end-to-end marketing and sales strategies, organisational and financial models, value chain mapping, and business system integration.

Pragya is a Chemical Engineer (B.Tech & M.Tech) from IIT Bombay.

Social Investment Landscape in Asia: Part 2

The Social Investment Landscape in Asia assesses the opportunities and challenges for philanthropy and social investment in the region. It is designed to be a guide for both new social investors looking to enter the Asian market and existing social investors exploring cross-border or cross-sector opportunities within the region.

The report is in two parts. You can read Part 2 by clicking on the Download link on the left. Part 1 is here.

Ritu George Kaliaden

Ritu is part of Sattva’s Knowledge vertical with experience in development research and practice in the areas of policy and access, sustainable development and socio-spatial urban research.

Prior to this, Ritu has managed large scale development research studies as well as had corporate stints. She has also worked with The/Nudge Foundation, Make a Difference and Habitat for Humanity International in programme management and research roles. An affiliate of the Temporary Urbanism Lab at the University of Birmingham, she has also undertaken independent research work in collaboration with peers across the globe.

Ritu is an Erasmus Mundus scholar and holds a Masters in International Cooperation and Urban Development from Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany and a Bachelors in Architecture from the College of Engineering Trivandrum.

Region-wise CSR Analysis – Aug 2018

CSR funds are an important source of capital for social impact projects and implementing organisations. How is the regional distribution of the origin, spend and circulation of CSR funds in India?

This paper analyses region-wise trends, mostly in visual format. Download to receive a copy of the report in your mailbox.

Video series – The Education Landscape in India

1.5 million public schools
260 million enrolments
India – the world’s largest and most complex education system in the world.

With learning quality still being poor, multiple stakeholders – the government, charitable organisations, private funders, corporate entities — are all collaborating to bring about systemic transformation in the way education is delivered, in order to improve learning outcomes for millions of children.

We have curated a series of videos where we ask those working within this ecosystem, what their big bets are on education reform – be it empowering middle management through leadership training, administrative reform or the ability to replicate a simple idea.

This video series is a collaboration between Sattva and AVPN.

Achieving Systematic Transformation in Education:

In education we see limited funding from CSR for capacity building for the implementors. or system level interventions which are crucial to outcomes. What is needed for achieving systematic interventions and transformation in education?

How can Ed-Tech bring about impact?

We ask those working within this ecosystem on how can Ed-Tech improve quality and usefulness of education.

How can we execute collective impact in education?

If different parties across all sectors would work together, risks can be reduced and impact can be maximised. We look at how collective impact can help maximise leverage for every rupee invested.

The role of Continuum of Capital in education.

How critical is Continuum of Capital for innovation in education? How can it be extended and expanded in the education sector?

Why focus on teacher transformation?

How effective leadership affects learning outcomes?

Where can CSR add value?
What role CSRs can play to improve quality and usefulness of education?

Education to employment

Where does secondary education need focus?

You can also learn more about the current challenges, interventions and funding landscape in education in India in our report “Funding Education with Impact”.

AVPN India Summit 2017

We worked on a report with AVPN – Funding Education with Impact – A Guide for Social Investment in India. The report was launched at the AVPN India Summit 2017, an event that brought together people and organisations in the education ecosystem. Sattva was also Knowledge Partner at the event.

Funding Education with Impact – A Guide for Social Investment in India

A collaboration between Sattva Knowledge and AVPN, our report on Funding Education with Impact – A Guide for Social Investment in India is a practical and actionable guide for existing and potential funders in the Indian education space, to identify funding and partnership opportunities.

Winning Together – Opportunities for CSR Innovation and Partnerships in Sports

CII in association with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports hosted the third annual ‘CII Scorecard 2017’, bringing together policymakers, stakeholders and dignitaries from the global world of sports, to discuss and deliberate on the opportunities and future of the Sports Sector. The theme of the conference was ‘Making India Play’. Our report looks at opportunities for CSR funding in Sports.