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Development Management is the new black

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A look at what leadership means in the social sector - and why it is different from business managementIT is often easier to say no rather than yes, to articulate what one doesn't want in life rather than what our actual desires and dreams are: I don't want to become an engineer, I don't want to marry someone, I...

On World NGO Day: 5 key roles NGOs play

NGOs fight for children's rights
A quick glance at the invaluable contribution of nonprofits in bringing about social change in IndiaFEBRUARY 27 is globally acknowledged as World NGO Day to celebrate the relentless efforts of nonprofits around the world and the people behind them. India has over 3 million NGOs that work across a range of fields and play important roles of implementer, catalyst...

Doctors For Beggars treat health & wealth problems

An inspiring initiative by a couple who aspire to help beggars become entrepreneursWE often find ourselves in a fix when it comes to giving money to beggars. There is no certainty whether the money we hand out will actually help them or end up supporting a criminal syndicate. At best it seems like a band-aid solution to a deeper...

‘Listen to rural communities to understand their needs’

This is the lesson Zarina Screwvala learned after she co-founded Swades FoundationSWADES Foundation believes that India will never achieve its true growth story until its rural communities - about 70% of the country’s population - are empowered. With an aim to provide holistic social reforms, Swades has empowered millions by giving them access to healthcare, education, implementing water and...

5 top NGOs fighting for Social Justice in India

ragpicker - social injustice
Every nonprofit in India is trying to gain equal opportunities for its beneficiariesSOCIAL justice is what every nonprofit believes in - that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Often the inequality is about access and discrimination against groups and NGOs the world over fight to attain these for their beneficiaries.Like the story of the manual...

10 Random Acts of Kindness you could do today

Donate toys
Being mindful of others and kind in action is fundamental to changing the worldTHERE is no better way to connect with the world than doing small acts of kindness. You never know how the act can have a snowball effect, encouraging everyone to do the same, translating to a better world for all.Today, February 17 is observed as...

The mountains are suffering – are you listening?

We can all do our bit to protect our natural resources and prevent disasters like ChamoliTHE quiet of a Sunday morning was shattered by the news of the glacial avalanche that had wiped out a hydroelectric project and bridges that connected mountain villages. Videos of the ferocity of the water and ice made it easy to imagine the destruction...

Giving back & charitable donations to celebrate weddings

Giving back & charitable donations to celebrate weddings
Encouraging guests to make charitable donations instead of giving gifts is a great way mark a special occasion

Some good habits the pandemic has taught us

For most, life changed forever when coronavirus struck. Here’s looking at the bright sideTHE experience of 2020 was hard but it also held many lessons. The profound words of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche ring true: “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” The COVID-19 pandemic was probably one of the most challenging events in our lifetime and it...

‘We need to build a society where girls are as wanted as boys’

Aarti for Girls was founded on this principle; a chat with founder Sandhya PuchalapalliIN 1977, Sandhya Puchalapalli, an English teacher in her early twenties, moved to Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, with her husband and two young girls. Working as a government high school teacher, Sandhya became painfully aware of the discrepancies between male and female children in the Kadapa district....
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