Larger Corporate Intervention in Clean Energy is the Need of Hour | Sandhya Tenneti

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After 4 years of the law, CSR cannot at this stage remain a passive participant at the fringes of the development sector, playing a marginal or supporting role. The need of the hour and the capabilities of corporate India urge companies to the occasion and use both their financial and non-financial resources to bring about […]

Helping CSR Succeed in India


The CSR opportunity in India is expanding year on year, however, there are still some challenges and gaps that need to be addressed before companies can scale up their CSR initiative. Priya Naik, Founder and CEO, Samhita Social Ventures writes about how collaboration, innovation and eco-system building can bring about the next phase of CSR in […]

Optimising CSR for Rural Development

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According to the 2011 census, 69 per cent of India’s population lives in rural areas, amounting to roughly 833 million people. The reality of rural India is far from the idyllic scenes of bucolic farmlands. However, there is a significant role that CSR can play if employed effectively. Read Samhita’s analysis on the challenges and opportunities […]

Energising Development – CSR in Clean Energy: What are India’s top companies up to?

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Approximately 300 million people in India are estimated to lack access to energy with an even higher number experiencing intermittent access[1]. Since a majority of the population resides in rural areas, energy access acquires strategic importance for poverty reduction, quality of human capital, livelihood opportunities, inclusive economic development and social justice. With the mandate of […]

Building the Bench at Indian NGOs: Investing to Fill the Leadership Development Gap

The Bridgespan Group, with support from the Omidyar Network, undertook a study surveying close to 250 NGO leaders in India. The report was launched on September 06, 2017, and the event was co-hosted by Samhita Social Ventures. Priya Naik, Samhita’s Founder and CEO, moderated a discussion at the event where Luis Miranda, Managing Trustee of […]

Enhancing Capabilities, Empowering Lives


Samhita Social Ventures, in partnership with Ambuja Cement Foundation, DHFL (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited), Godrej and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) releases a report which maps the CSR trends in Skill development and Livelihoods of the 100 Indian companies with the largest CSR budgets on the BSE 500.

Demystifying the CSR law: FAQs by Nishith Desai Associates

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Nishith Desai Associates compiles brief answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013. The FAQs address concerns expressed by companies about various aspects of the CSR law, including aligning business objectives with CSR, the role of social enterprises and permitted activities under capacity building.

Transforming India: The CSR Opportunity


Samhita has developed a report, Transforming India: The CSR Opportunity with support from The Rockefeller Foundation. The report seeks to understand the influence of Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 (commonly referred to as the CSR law) on companies and other sector players.

Leveraging the CSR Opportunity in India – Philanthropreneurship


An article published by Samhita on the Philanthropreneurship forum, talks about how key stakeholders in the development sector can leverage the opportunity created by Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, commonly referred to as ‘the CSR law.’

The path to effectively scaling skill development programs


Every year, India adds about 12 million people to its workforce, out of which a paltry 3.1 million are trained or qualified. In order to close this gap in skills, Samhita takes a look at the five key lessons that companies need to learn to effectively scale up their programs in skill development.