Impact Assessment Needs To Move Away From ‘Output’ To ‘Outcome’

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“As companies’ CSR and sustainability strategies are growing more sophisticated, they are demanding better measurement and evaluation of the impact of their investments. Priya Naik talks with Nidhi Bennur at Creatively Unsettled on the need for Impact Assessment among social enterprises, here.

Tech underpins new wave of Indian corporate social responsibility

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“There is something magical about the convergence with people halfway around the world. The issues you are dealing with in South Africa are so similar to the ones we are going through in India.” So says Priya Naik, founder and CEO of Samhita Social Ventures in India, addressing delegates at the Trialogue Business in Society […]

Breaking the Rules

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Priya Naik, Founder and CEO, Samhita Social Venture, has worked in the social sector for more than 15 years. She draws upon those years of experience to suggest some practical tips for Women Social Entrepreneurs to help stay motivated and better navigate the India development sector.

Akshaya Patra: Feeding 1.6 million children a day

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“Many evaluations have shown that midday meals (MDM) lead to an improvement in enrolment and attendance, both in India and globally. An evaluation conducted by professors from the Delhi School of Economics found that MDM increased attendance rates by 5%, particularly for girls in Delhi. A study conducted by the Indian Statistical Institute also showed that […]

This online marketplace connects CSR initiatives, incubators and startups

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Anil Misquith, Executive Director, Samhita Social Ventures speaks to YourStory about how corporate CSR investment into incubators can help more startups and social enterprises, and what role the online marketplace model can play in connecting corporates to incubators. Read the article on YourStory here.

How low CSR in the clean energy sector is hurting India – Your Story

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“Energy is a catalyst for all other kinds of development. All livelihood opportunities seize when there is lack of access to clean and efficient energy,” she says.” – Priya Naik, Founder & CEO, Samhita Social Ventures. Priya Naik speaks to Your Story on the findings from Samhita’s clean energy report, created in association with Shakti Sustainable […]

Not a box to tick – The Hindu Business Line

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Priya Naik, Founder and CEO of Samhita points out that companies often respond to the need of communities, many in the vicinity of their establishments. “They [communities] do not communicate a need for well- functioning electricity grids, energy and power systems; this is because their basic energy needs are met by kerosene lamps, wood and others,” […]

Clean energy taps limited CSR funding, report says – Live Mint

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“Companies may not be implementing CSR in clean energy because of various reasons. Many companies perceive energy access interventions to be highly technical. This could’ve discouraged some companies that did not have capacities and capabilities to implement such projects. Companies also find it difficult to source qualified and technically competent implementation partners in geographic areas […]

Cos spend just 6% of CSR fund on clean energy: Report – TOI

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TOI featured Samhita’s report on CSR in Clean Energy. ‘Energising Development – CSR in Clean Energy: What are India’s top companies up to?’ was created by Samhita with support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and International Finance Corporation. Read the article here.

Providing access to clean energy through CSR activities – ESI Africa

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“The lack of energy access has implications for education, livelihoods, health & sanitation, and safety factors that have a direct bearing on the inclusiveness of economic development and the quality of human capital. The clean energy sector represents a $160 billion opportunity, according to the report. However, while the market potential of clean energy has […]