Can you Predict the Future?

Can you Predict the Future?

– By Arnab Mukherjee

Kings dethroned

Nokia, a household name in the mobile phone industry in the early 2000s, took rapid strides to emerge as market leader in the mobile phone industry in a short span of time with ~40% market share at one point. However, its fall from the summit was as swift as its rise. One of the key reasons attributed to its failure was its inability to foresee the future disruption of the mobile industry by smart phones.

Kodak, the King of photography for large parts of the 20th century, after years of decline finally filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Kodak failed to see potential in the technology that it itself had invented…digital photography!

Disruptions however are nothing new. More than 100 years ago, the Ford Motor Company revolutionized transportation through the mass production of the automobile which disrupted several industries, including wagon and carriage businesses.

In more recent times, e-commerce, the sharing economy, alternative media platforms such as Netflix have all disrupted traditional business models.

Innovative business models however are not the only source of disruption. Increasingly, forces such as extreme weather events, climate change, geopolitical instability, and even global pandemics (as we witness now) are emerging as severe threats to businesses.

You can read the full article, here.

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Arnab Mukherjee is a Senior Knowledge Manager at Sattva. He drives knowledge management within Sattva and engages with clients on building sustainable businesses for them. He holds more than a decade of experience in knowledge and research in top management consulting firms in the domains of supply chain and corporate strategy.

Sattva has been working with various corporate clients to help them define their social impact goals and maximise the return on social investment. Our focus is to solve critical problems and find scalable solutions. Several corporates have been a partner to many such collaborations where effective CSR programmes have strategically aligned with business and have provided meaningful solutions to social issues.

● Talk to us: impact@sattva.co.in

Aligning your CSR and Sustainability Strategy with SDGs

Aligning your CSR/Sustainability Strategy with SDGs plus framework: The Way Forward

2020 marks the start of the Decade of Action to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which combat poverty, inequality and injustice and climate change by 2030. We are half way past 2020 and the challenges we are already seeing is unprecedented.

The Sustainable Development Goals provide a powerful framework for businesses to engage in corporate social responsibility. In India, CSR and SDGs together have tremendous potential to develop an inter-connected model for sustainable growth.

UN Global Compact Network – India is organising a Virtual Session on – “Aligning your CSR/Sustainability Strategy with SDGs plus framework: The Way Forward”.

Date: 13 June 2020
Time: 11.30 AM – 1 PM
Register here: https://www.globalcompact.in/event/virtual-session-on-csr-sustainability-and-sdgs

Sattva is the Knowledge Partner for this event. We hope to see you there!

The Role of Needs Assessment

Glocal Evaluation Week 2020 – The Role of Needs Assessment

Sattva Consulting conducted a webinar as part of the gLocal Evaluation Week hosted by the CLEAR initiative of the World Bank.

The webinar brought together social evaluation and implementation practitioners, thinkers, community leaders with the aim to build a consensus among the ecosystem on the importance of conducting a ‘Needs assessment’. Through the webinar, the Sattva team aimed to answer the following questions:

a. What is Needs Assessment?
b. Why is Needs Assessment important before designing a social development programme?
c. How is a Needs Assessment different from a Baseline Assessment?
d. When should a Needs Assessment be done and by whom?
e. What are the steps involved in doing a Needs Assessment study?
f. How to interpret the results of a Needs Assessment study?
g. How can a Needs Assessment study help in designing social development programmes to achieve the SDGs?

In the current times of distress, tracking needs are even more critical before pivoting an existing programme strategy or designing a new one. Considering the limitations in conducting field research, Sattva through the webinar also shared its lean and rapid Needs Assessment framework through a comprehensive approach for Metrics Selection and Survey Design.

As part of the webinar, our presentation, important resources and a recording of the webinar can be accessed below.

Click here for the recording of the webinar

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Sattva has established a lean and rapid Needs Assessment framework through a comprehensive approach for Metrics Selection and Survey Design. Our teams have conducted more than 80 evaluations in different thematic areas such as Education, Healthcare, Livelihoods, WaSH, Skill Development among others.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Do write to us: impact@sattva.co.in

charcha 2020

charcha 2020

Sattva hosted the Financial Inclusion track at “charcha 2020” – a platform for the Indian development sector to come together and chart a course for the country’s resurgence from the COVID-19 crisis, launched by The/Nudge Foundation. The platform brought together practitioners, thinkers, enablers, community leaders, policy makers to take on the challenges ahead with conviction and clarity.

As part of our Financial Inclusion track we had a range of sessions. Key insights and takeaways from these sessions can be accessed below.

14 May 2020:

Click here for the video link for Day 1

15 May 2020:

Click here for the video link for Day 2

16 May 2020:

Click here for the video link for Day 3

About charcha 2020:
The whole world is in lockdown now, grappling with the full impact of Covid-19. According to some estimates, 200 million people will be pushed into poverty in India this year, and the development sector will undergo an unprecedented resource crunch. There is an urgent need for the sector to come together and strategize in a timely manner on charting an agile course at a time when the country needs us the most.

The leading nonprofits, foundations and industry experts came together for charcha 2020 – bringing together practitioners, thinkers, enablers, community leaders and policymakers across 14 parallel events to take on the challenges ahead with conviction and clarity.

More here: charcha 2020 – Sattva and Financial Inclusion

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Sattva has been working with various non-profits and social organisations as well as corporate clients to help them define their social impact goals. Our focus is to solve critical problems and find scalable solutions. We assist organisations in formulating their long-term social impact strategy by strategically aligning with business to provide meaningful solutions to social issues.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Do write to us: impact@sattva.co.in

COVID-19 in India – CSR Outlook for 2020-21

COVID-19 in India – CSR Outlook for 2020-21

Corporate CSR has been an important source of funding for NGOs in India. With companies responding generously to immediate challenges posed by the COVID pandemic, how does the overall CSR funding landscape change?

Our India Data Insights team maintains regularly updated data on CSR funding in India.

You can download the report to understand the numbers on CSR COVID response and outlook for ’20-21. (Click on the DOWNLOAD link on the left of this page)

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Written by: Vrunda Bansode and Data analysis by: Veda Kulkarni

Powered by data from India Data Insights. Sattva Consulting has made all other COVID-related data resources freely accessible here:

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this topic. Do write to us: impact@sattva.co.in

COVID-19 in India – Public Healthcare Matters

COVID-19 in India – Public Healthcare Matters

The COVID pandemic has proven to be a great equaliser in some ways. Everyone is prone to infection and protecting only a few is of no consequence- universal protection and healthcare is the only way to control the pandemic. The need for a robust public healthcare system has never been more pressing. Exactly how fragile is our public healthcare system and the health of our population?

How fragile is our public healthcare infrastructure exactly?

The analysis that you can download here looks at the real numbers and the weakest links.

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Written by: Vrunda Bansode and Data analysis by: Veda Kulkarni

Powered by data from India Data Insights. Sattva Consulting has made all COVID-related data resources freely accessible here:

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this topic. Do write to us: impact@sattva.co.in

Data and insights on CSR’s COVID-19 response

Data and insights on CSR’s COVID-19 response

A closer look at what the CSR community is thinking, and how their funds are being spent in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

India reported its first case of COVID-19 on January 30th, 2020, the same day the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared this a public health emergency of international concern. Up until the date of publishing this article, India had a total of 3,666 active cases with 109 deaths, with the expectation that numbers will increase across states in the coming days. The government has taken strict measures such as invoking the The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and a countrywide lockdown, which started on March 24th for three weeks, and has just been extended for approximately three more weeks.

In addition, the Government of India recently declared that companies tackling the COVID-19 crisis would be eligible under the two percent CSR mandate 1 laid out in The Companies Act, 2013. The CSR spend on the COVID-19 response would come under items (i) and (xii) of Schedule VII relating to the promotion of healthcare, including preventive healthcare and sanitation, and disaster management. The CSR community has been quick to respond, with most committees and boards working overtime to speed up internal processes and get approvals for spends and additional budgets. In this article, we address some of the questions that companies frequently ask us.

1. How is the CSR community responding to COVID-19?
2. How do I maximise impact with my funding in the current situation? How do I decide between different options of funding?
3. Should I divert funding from my current programmes, especially if work is stalled due to the lockdown?
4. Workers and entrepreneurs associated with our value chains are vulnerable due to the pandemic. If we work towards rehabilitation of these affected communities, would it still be considered CSR?
5. How can I leverage my employees’ contributions for COVID-19 response? What are some of the avenues through which they can contribute?.

Read the article, originally published on India Development Review here.

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Sattva has been working with various corporate clients to help them define their social impact goals and maximise the return on social investment. Our focus is to solve critical problems and find scalable solutions. We assist companies in formulating their long-term CSR strategy by strategically aligning with business to provide meaningful solutions to social issues. We look at short-term, medium-term and long-term outcomes while designing programmes. It is our endeavour to unlock the maximum return on investment for our clients. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please do write to us at impact@sattva.co.in

COVID-19: Our Response and Action

COVID-19: Our Response and Action

We realise that the current crisis is not a blip in our current operations, instead it will have a long-term impact on the sector and funding. While it is also not just a social sector crisis and has significant economic, political and social ramifications, this is also an opportunity for organisations to reassess their role in the social impact ecosystem. As an organisation focused on delivering impact, we are actively exploring, discussing and looking to co-create the right solutions at the point of need. We are part of collaboratives and collectives to ensure there is amplification and synergies between all support work.

At Sattva we are leveraging our experience and expertise in the ecosystem to combat COVID-19 through a four-pronged response. Here are some of these key measures we are taking:

1. ENGAGE

Sattva is engaging with the ecosystem to improve data-led decision making and provide better actionable insights to combat COVID-19.

COVID-19 Central Knowledge Hub – Funding and resource initiatives towards fighting COVID-19 in India are being announced everyday – government schemes, grants / in-kind donations by various entities, fundraising / resource requests from NGOs, hospitals and local government bodies. How do we keep track of it all? How do we understand who is funding what and how much? How do we understand what areas need resources? We at Sattva have built this dashboard to provide a macro perspective of all COVID-19 relief initiatives in India. Check it out here.

COVID-19 Our Response and Action – We are actively exploring, discussing and looking to co-create the right solutions at the point of need. We are part of collaboratives and collectives to ensure there is amplification and synergies between all support work. If you are a donor, non-profit or solution provider, talk to us: impact@sattva.co.in

Through our partners and directly, we are approaching governments and understanding their needs to see where we can support. We are also engaging with various collaboratives to see how we can collectively support the NGOs and create relevant solutions and responses to address the current crisis. We will continue to share resources from these collaboratives for your consumption.

2. ORCHESTRATE

We are currently collecting information from donors (corporate CSR, individual funders and philanthropic foundations) on their offers. Simultaneously, we are talking to a number of solutions providers (non-profits, social enterprises and businesses) to understand the solutions they can deliver on the ground. We are also in touch with Government agencies to get a view of the priorities. We have started putting the value chain together for maximum impact and the best reach. We request your help in the following ways:

If you are a donor, please provide information here.

If you are a non-profit/solution provider, please provide information here.

Read about our work in Ladakh, here.

Read about our work in Shillong, here.

3. ENABLE

As we continue to work with the same rigour to deliver on the projects, research, solutions and more that we have been working on for over a decade now, we are also rapidly evolving our response as an organisation to the current crisis through a three pronged approach:

Mitigate: Mitigate operational and financial risks on the organisation by taking immediate measures to ensure safety and wellbeing of the organisation and the staff.

Adapt: Review existing programs in the light of the crisis to explore ways in which they can be adapted to respond to the current situation, thereby build resilience.

Pivot: Take a mid to long term approach to identify solutions and partnerships that can help establish domain expertise, create relevant assets, and demonstrate sustainable solutions for the ecosystem.

COVID-19 Collaborative

Online Conference on Crisis Management

Presentation on – How NGOs are Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

4. BUILD

Beyond immediate relief which is seeing an outpouring of support, COVID-19 will have a far-reaching impact on the livelihoods of several labour force segments, particularly in the unorganised sectors, migrant labour, small businesses, and informal entrepreneurs. And no one organisation will be able to provide the solutions to these challenges. We are hence actively engaging with organisations to design solutions that can sustain the existing workforce, while unlocking new livelihood opportunities across urban and rural segments. Our focus is on four largest workforce sections in India – Rural collectives, gig economy entrepreneurs and small businesses, migrant workers in industries such as construction and retail. Beyond livelihoods, we are working closely with healthcare practitioners to identify key focus areas for us to strengthen our public healthcare infrastructure.

If you would like to support re-building efforts, do write to us: covid19response@sattva.co.in

5. SATTVA LIVE – WEBINARS

The immediate impact of the current situation on social purpose organisations is significant. To address some of the pressing questions on managing the current crisis and being able to help those who need it the most, Sattva has also hosted online discussions on relevant topics.

Click here for the presentation from – Sattva Live with CSR Leaders.

Click here for a recording of – Sattva Live with CSR Leaders.

Click here for the presentation from – Sattva Live with NGOs.

Click here for a recording of – Sattva Live with NGOs.

Click here for the presentation from – Sattva Live: Lean M&E

Click here for a recording of – Sattva Live: Lean M&E

Click here for the presentation from – Sattva Live: Tech for Good During COVID-19

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Would you like to know more, or to partner with us? Write in to impact@sattva.co.in.

Sattva Live – with CSR Leaders

Sattva Live – with CSR Leaders

COVID-19

CSR leaders are currently facing multiple difficult decisions and challenges. How do you act in favour of maximising immediate as well as sustained impact?

Srikrishna Murthy, CEO Sattva Consulting will host a virtual live session on 9th April (3-4.30 pm) to understand and address some of the CSR-specific concerns.

Do register if you are a CSR leader: https://forms.gle/zuNHM4g6DVG4Uv8s5.

Let us know your top queries – we are listening.

Event Date : Thursday, 9th April 2020 (3 – 4.30 PM IST)

For questions or clarifications, write to us: impact@sattva.co.in

Five non-traditional themes CSR can invest in

Five non-traditional themes CSR can invest in to maximise social returns

– By the Sattva CSR Advisory team

Every year in February and March, we at Sattva are inundated with requests from corporates. Most corporates are looking for a two-pronged outcome simultaneously: ensure CSR compliance and invest in impactful projects. As an advisory firm, our recommendations to our clients are rooted in maximising impact and designing programmes that address critical problems, while ensuring compliance with the CSR law and alignment with their brand values.

Since the inception of the CSR law, education and healthcare have been the biggest beneficiaries of CSR funding – receiving around 65% of the pie. However, for corporates looking for important and some non-traditional issues to solve for through their CSR funding and strategy, here is a set of curated ideas along with some of the work Sattva is currently involved in.

1. Tackle various aspects of India’s looming environmental crisis
2. Unlock livelihoods for one of the most marginalized communities in India, the LGBTQ
3. Strengthen the base of India’s economy: Agricultural systems
4. Support entrepreneurship with a focus on women
5. Invest in holistic development of youth through sports

Read the full article here.

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Sattva has been working with various corporate clients to help them define their social impact goals and maximise the return on social investment. Our focus is to solve critical problems and find scalable solutions. We assist companies in formulating their long-term CSR strategy by strategically aligning with business to provide meaningful solutions to social issues. We look at short-term, medium-term and long-term outcomes while designing programmes. It is our endeavour to unlock the maximum return on investment for our clients. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please do write to us at impact@sattva.co.in