Press Release: Samhita and Government of Maharashtra sign a MoU to implement the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge

Grand Challenge collaborates with leading development sector stakeholders to Pilot Sanitation Innovations in Chandrapur. July 03, 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 in the district of Chandrapur. […]

These social enterprises have been helping corporates with CSR, long before it became law


Priya Naik’s mission is clear. “India has a vibrant social sector and there are complexities associated with the nation too,” she says. “We want multiple stakeholders to come together, collaborate and create value using their core competence.” Our CEO and Founder in a conversation with Forbes India about Samhita and its work, here.    

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


“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


“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


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


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


“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


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 […]