Govt, business, civil society must implement direct cash transfers to avoid ‘society-wide poverty trap’, says Noble Laureate Esther Duflo


Esther Duflo, 2019 Nobel laureate,  on Monday said that it is essential for government, business, and NGO stakeholders to focus on cash transfers to economically vulnerable populations to avoid entering into a ‘society-wide poverty trap” in India. Duflo said “this is something business should be keenly interested in and very much behind it, not just […]

Nobel Laureate Dr Esther Duflo Recommends Implementation of Direct Cash Transfers to Avoid “Society-wide Poverty Trap”


Dr Esther Duflo, 2019 Nobel Laureate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor, and Director – J. Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), said that it is essential for government, business, and NGO stakeholders to focus on cash transfers to economically vulnerable populations to avoid entering into a “society-wide poverty trap” in India. Dr Duflo said, […]

Nobel laureate Duflo says cash transfer to poor makes sense economically as well


Pitching for cash transfers to the poor for helping them deal with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, Nobel laureate Esther Duflo on Monday said doing so is not just a moral necessity, but an economic one as well, as it can create demand which will benefit all. Read more

With longer shifts, fewer workers can run factory operations; infection risks will be lower: HUL


FMCG major Hindustan Unilever CMD Sanjiv Mehta on Monday supported states for increasing shift times in factories to 12 hours a day, saying the move will help in restricting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also added that aspects like social security and sufficient rest to the factory workers are essential. Taking cue from […]

Nobel laureate Esther Duflo says cash transfers to poor will only help Indian businesses


Cash transfers to India’s poor are the right thing to do “not just morally but also economically,” believes Nobel laureate Esther Duflo. “Businesses should be keenly interested in this (cash transfers) and very much behind (it)…because it is the most important thing to do in their self-interest,” the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Read more

Mahindra Logistics joins the India Workers’ Alliance

Mahindra Logistics Samhita Covid

Samhita Social Ventures welcomes Mahindra Logistics Ltd. as a pillar of the India Workers Alliance to provide immediate relief to its driver community by transferring Rs 3,000 to their bank accounts to enable them to buy essential commodities. Born out of the Samhita Model, the India Workers Alliance propogates a collective CSR fund for economic […]

Press Release | Report – Corporate Engagement in Women’s Economic Empowerment

New report explores the contribution of corporate sector towards women’s economic empowerment in India Spotlights CSR activities of top 100 companies of India for women’s economic empowerment; identifies opportunities and best practices to assist companies in developing engagement approaches 26 September 2019, New Delhi, India: A new report by the United Nations Development Programme in […]

CSR Café #1 – The Five Ways CSR Heads Can Create Lasting Change


The  inaugural session of CSR Café was held on July 4, 2018 and at Cafe Zoe, and was facilitated by Luis Miranda, Trustee – Collective Good Foundation, Chairman – Centre for Civil Society and Chairman – CORO, The session was focused around the ‘The Five Ways CSR Heads Can Create Lasting Change.’ Participants shared their insights and experiences […]

CSR Café #2: Creating Impact through Corporate-Government Partnerships


Over the years there have been many successful public-private partnerships that have combined the efficiency of the private sector with government access and scale, to bring about social change. Yet, corporate-government partnerships retain an air of mystery with few frameworks available for those interested in initiating such partnerships or navigating existing ones. To discover best […]

Press Release:Samhita and Government of Maharashtra Form Committee to implement the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge

Grand Challenge collaborates with leading development sector stakeholders to pilot Sanitation Innovations in Maharashtra. July, 2018; Mumbai, India: Samhita Social Ventures, a leading CSR consultancy, and the Maharashtra Government signed an MoU in the presence of Hon. Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis to implement the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge. This is a tripartite agreement with […]