Planning a holistic approach to water, sanitation and hygiene

The launch of the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign by the Government of India has made sanitation a national priority; bringing in an influx of support from development agencies, companies, foundations, philanthropists and the general public.

Samhita believes in a holistic approach to sanitation, engaging multiple stakeholders at different levels to drive large-scale impact in schools and urban and rural communities. We are working with a number of companies to implement WASH programs in schools with an added focus on toilets for girls.

Our service offerings are focused on delivering end-to-end sanitation solutions based on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) models:

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Samhita delivers end-to-end sanitation solutions based on WASH models

  • Designing strategy and programs incorporating best practices
  • Selecting credible implementation partners and building their capacity
  • Supervising the construction and maintenance of toilets
  • Engaging in behavioral change communication
  • Ensuring community involvement and sustainable impact
  • Ensuring funds are utilized efficiently and effectively
  • Accurately measuring impact both quantitatively and qualitatively

We also offer end-to-end project management support to design, facilitate and monitor WASH programs across the country.

Developing a CSR Strategy & assessing the needs of stakeholders

The introduction of the CSR mandate has seen companies move away from ad-hoc donations and events towards a long-term engagement with CSR that ties in with their philosophy, values and business.

Samhita engages with companies to define their CSR strategy in the following ways:

  • Conceptualizing CSR strategy and defining CSR philosophy and objectives
  • Defining vision, mission and funding strategy of the foundation
  • Recommending causes or social initiatives that complement your corporate mandate
  • Conducting a stakeholder needs assessment and recommending initiatives that leverage your expertise and meet your stakeholder’s expectations
  • Evaluating internal process and making recommendations to align them with your CSR objectives

 

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Focus group discussion being conducted in Halol, Gujarat as part of a community needs assessment

Assessing the needs of stakeholders

Samhita also undertakes stakeholder assessments to map out the needs and requirements of stakeholders. We undertake a range of activities that include :

  • Primary and secondary research using quantitative and qualitative methods (such as household surveys, interviews with key stakeholders with sarpanch, asha worker, anganwadi worker etc, and interactive participatory research exercises with beneficiaries)
  • Mapping community needs to company resources and interest and making recommendations for CSR programs

Planning and implementing CSR projects

A trusted partner with direct access to beneficiaries is one of the most important components of a successful CSR program. Samhita offers the following services to help streamline the implementation of CSR projects:

Planning and implementing CSR projects

Planning and implementing CSR projects

  • Preparing an implementation roadmap and budgets
  • Selecting  and training implementation partners
  • Defining processes and reporting framework to measure outcomes and monitor progress
  • Bridging the resourcing gaps by training and sensitizing partners before project implementation
  • Publishing periodic reports for company review

Performing impact assessment of existing CSR programs

Evaluating the effectiveness of CSR programs is one of the most important steps in end-to-end implementation of programs.

Conducting an impact assessment for a school in Pune

Conducting an impact assessment for a school in Pune

  • We offer holistic assessments to evaluate the impact of CSR activity on business objectives (increased visibility, brand recognition etc.), on your NGO partners and on community/beneficiaries.
  • Our methodology varies from baseline-endline surveys, Retrospective Pretest model (where no baseline exists), control group comparisons etc.
  • The data collection tools range from semi structured, personal interviews to focus group discussions to administering questionnaires or a combination.
  • The actual mix of research methods will depend upon the sector (education, healthcare, livelihoods etc.), nature of programs and also the profile of the beneficiaries.

 

Producing bespoke reports for sector knowledge

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Report on the education initiatives of the top 100 companies with the highest CSR budget. Click on the image to read the report.

Samhita’s key objective is to help our corporate clients with effective CSR programs that are strategic and create significant social impact. We approach this with parallel evidence-seeking research on ‘industry sectors’(FMCG, finance, heavy industries, mining etc.) and ‘social sectors’ (such as education, health, livelihood etc).

  • For programs to be strategic, our research can help you understand the overall industry trends, explore CSR strategies of your peers, and highlight best practices and case studies of successful programs by companies in the industry.
  • To have optimal impact from programs, our research can provide you with sector-specific reports, giving an understanding of the sector, current government and non-government involvement, gaps in provisions, evidence of high-impact interventions etc.