Looking beyond toilets: The need for sustainable sanitation solutions


The Prime Minister’s call for a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014 has reactivated the demand to provide better health and hygiene to communities. However, the campaign seems to focus on building toilets at the expense of other equally important issues. The article talks about the need for a holistic approach when implementing WASH programs.

Government cancels FCRA of 2,406 NGOs

In a fresh move, the government has further cancelled the licences of 2,406 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the country, which includes entities that run schools and hospitals.

In conversation with Anirban Ghosh, Vice President, Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra


Anirban Ghosh, Vice President, Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra talks to Samhita Social Ventures about Mahindra’s CSR strategy. He speaks about the need to shift focus from merely implementing CSR activities to looking at creating long-term impact. He also presents a perspective on the challenges that both companies and NGOs face while implementing CSR programs and his long term goals for M&Ms CSR.

Convergence – Engagement between Companies and Social Enterprises


Samhita was the knowledge partner for “Business Catalist – Catalytic Initiative for Social Transformation” that was organized by Outlook India and Intellecap on November 10, 2014. This collaboration was supported by the Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF) Grant aimed at building stronger infrastructure for the fast growing impact investing industry in India .

CineArt Steer to Safety Project

CineArt Steer to Safety Project is a CSR initiative of PVR Ltd supported by Michelin India to sensitize school children to promote road safety and positions them at the centre stage as proactive citizens and influencers.

Mandatory CSR under the Companies Act, 2013 – Making it work


When the President of India gave his assent to the Companies Bill, 2013 on August 31, 2013, India became the first country to mandate corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities by companies from April 1, 2014, through a statutory provision (Sec 135 of the Act). The passage of the Act is but a first step. The new ruling has catalysed partnership between the corporate and the civil society; this is the central idea for growth of CSR Projects.

Jammu & Kashmir floods – How can companies play a key role?

Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir is battling one of the worst floods in decades. More than 300 people have lost their lives and thousands remain stranded. In such a situation, companies can create substantial impact by supporting relief efforts and playing a vital role in long-term rehabilitation efforts.

Beyond spreadsheets: Improving data veracity and impact monitoring

Goonjan enables NGOs to capture data about their beneficiaries, about services being provided to the beneficiaries and assess impact of the services on the beneficiaries. It also enables NGO to capture data about donors and donations, and can link them to individual beneficiaries or a specific program. It can also be customized for NGO-specific requirements.

Budget allocations for school assessment – the first signs of an evidenced based process

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Budgetary allocations for education this year delineated approximately INR 27 crore for a new activity labeled ‘school assessments’, though the document does not provide clarity on what these assessments could entail.

Charting a sustainable path towards development through community participation

Poorly maintained toilets

Samhita Social Ventures undertakes needs assessments as part of its service offerings to companies. A key takeaway from these assessments is the role that a community plays in program design. There is a need to take into consideration not only the basic needs of the community but also their behaviors and the local environment.