[Business Standard] India is ground zero for the global sanitation crisis: John Kluge


John Kluge, co-founder and chief disruption officer of Toilet Hackers was in Delhi recently for a convening on Clean India: Stimulating Behavior Change and Usage where Samhita was the resource partner. In an interview with Business Standard, John talks about the problem of sanitation and how it can be tackled.

What qualifies as CSR?

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With the first full fiscal year of CSR compliance drawing to a close, there is much debate amongst organizations about what actually qualifies as CSR activity. Noshir Dadrawala CEO of CAP and Advisor at Samhita Social Ventures, talks to Mint about what qualifies as CSR (and more importantly) what doesn’t.

[Livemint] CSR spending: Making the roads safer

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According to the data secured from the ministry of road transport and highways, one road death occurs every 3.7 minutes on Indian roads. Taking this into account auto makers have now been spending a substantial part of their charity directed at improving road safety.

[Zee News] Government unequipped to tackle the issue of sanitation


Samhita Social Ventures was the resource partner for a convening on stimulating behavior change and usage for sanitation organized by the University of Chicago Centre in New Delhi in partnership with the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business’s Social Enterprise Initiative and nonprofit Toilet Hackers.

Swachh Bharat: It’s time to see some impact


Indians want a Swachh Bharat. But what has the campaign really achieved at this point?
Samhita’s Director, Luis Miranda, writes about his issues with the Swachh Bharat campaign in his Forbes India blog.

Companies not interested in garbage disposal for CSR

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The introduction of the Swachh Bharat campaign, has seen massive investment from philanthropists, donor organizations and companies. However, the focus remains on building toilets at the expense of other issues like garbage disposal and waste management. Samhita’s Founder and Joint MD Priya Naik, talks to Mint about the lack of CSR interest in waste management […]

[The Hindu – Business Line] Why companies prefer CSR in education


School education is a popular subject for CSR: a study by Samhita Social Ventures, based on publicly available information from the top 100 listed companies, shows that more than three-quarters of them implemented at least one programme in education over the last three years.

[Forbes India] Challenging the norms for NGOs


Luis Miranda, the founder of IDFC Private Equity & Advisor at Samhita in this blog challenges three basic issues of NGOs such as– the under-spending on overheads, the high cost of submitting proposals and collecting data and the short-term strategies to fix the education challenges in India in an event that focused on CSR in Education organized by Educational Initiatives (EI) and Samhita Social Ventures.

[The New Indian Express] US Consulate Teaches NGOs in The City to Go Digital


The U.S. Consulate General, Chennai in collaboration with Samhita Social Ventures and Global India Fund, sought to empower participants with new and emerging technology resources through TechCamp Chennai.

[Entrepreneur India] Clean India Campaign – A catalyst to the next wave of entrepreneurs


Narendra Modi’s Swach Bharat Abhiyan has in hindsight created new thriving business opportunities. The campaign is India’s biggest drive for sanitation and availability of potable water – the two sectors that always remained at the back stage.