Past Events

Report on past events

Making Skills and Livelihoods Training Count

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Companies are spreading their efforts thin, focusing on the entire value chain rather than working in their areas of strength. A collaborative approach, where companies focus on what they do the best and strike partnerships to add value and plug gaps, is the way forward. Samhita, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ambuja Cement […]

CSR Cafe #4 – Beyond the Boardroom


Samhita and Ambuja Cement Foundation organised the fourth edition of CSR Café in Mumbai on January 31st, 2019. The topic for this edition of the CSR Café was ‘Beyond the Boardroom‘. At the Café we discussed bridging boardroom expectations and ground realities. CSR leaders communicated challenges faced in boardroom engagement, and through discussions, the Café sourced solutions and advice […]

Making a case for Corporate action in water- Samhita and Ambuja Cement Foundation

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Click here to download the report. Ambuja Cement Foundation and Samhita organised the ‘Investing in Water: For Today and the Future’ event on December 14, 2018. It served as a valuable platform for both new and established organisations in the water sector to learn about opportunities for investment and explore collaboration in the water sector. At the […]

Videos for Women’s Empowerment

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Along with the US Consulate Mumbai and Global India Fund, Samhita hosted the Videos for Women’s Empowerment: Storytelling to Inspire Change event on December 18, 2018. The event was designed to enable social organisations, individual activists and other stakeholders working in women’s empowerment, to craft and disseminate videos for social change. We organised two sessions  – a panel discussion and […]

CSR Café #1 – The Five Ways CSR Heads Can Create Lasting Change


The  inaugural session of CSR Café was held on July 4, 2018 and at Cafe Zoe, and was facilitated by Luis Miranda, Trustee – Collective Good Foundation, Chairman – Centre for Civil Society and Chairman – CORO, The session was focused around the ‘The Five Ways CSR Heads Can Create Lasting Change.’ Participants shared their insights and experiences […]

CSR Café #2: Creating Impact through Corporate-Government Partnerships


Over the years there have been many successful public-private partnerships that have combined the efficiency of the private sector with government access and scale, to bring about social change. Yet, corporate-government partnerships retain an air of mystery with few frameworks available for those interested in initiating such partnerships or navigating existing ones. To discover best […]

TechCamp Chennai 2017: Tech Tools for Startups

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On July 20 and 21, 2017, Samhita in partnership with the U.S. Consul General Chennai and the Global India Fund, organised a TechCamp in Chennai, titled ‘Tech Tools for Startups’, for upcoming enterprises facing economical, technological and institutional impediments with the aim of empowering them through technology integration. This was the fourth TechCamp in India […]

Report on Collaborating for Effective Public-Private Partnerships

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Samhita recently launched the CSR report, ‘Transforming India:The CSR Opportunity’ supported by The Rockefeller Foundation. One of the key findings of the report was the importance of private sector collaboration with the government to solve critical social issues of the country. The round held in November, 2016 focused on designing a road map to build successful PPP models by highlighting opportunities and challenges and showcasing success stories, to help maximize potential and facilitate better engagement between stakeholders.

Transforming India: The CSR Opportunity, a report supported by The Rockefeller Foundation

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Samhita launched its report, ‘Transforming India: The CSR Opportunity’, on August 2, 2016, at the National Stock Exchange in Mumbai. Over 150 decision makers from around 46 companies, 25 NGOs and 13 other sector stakeholders including foundations, consultants and aid agencies, convened to reflect on the opportunity presented by the CSR law for the development sector, and develop actionable ideas for effective CSR initiatives.

Addressing India’s Education Challenge: In conversation with Abhijit Banerjee


The Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 presents companies with a unique opportunity to influence positive change in the development space. Education, listed as one of the core areas under Section 7, is proving to be one of the most popular cause areas for intervention.