Current skilling scenario in India Knowledge

When we think of India, we think of diversity and culture, but we also think of overpopulation. A burgeoning population of 1.2 billion means that the average age in the country is 29 and half our population is under 25 years of age. We have the opportunity to turn this seemingly negative factor into a boon for India’s development, as we have a large potential...

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Evaluation in a cultural context Knowledge

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. —Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa At its heart, social impact evaluation is about people. It is about ensuring that people are best served by the interventions/schemes and as evaluators, our fundamental job is to...

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Top three nightmares every evaluator faces Knowledge

As researchers, one always wants to design and conduct the best of evaluations. Researchers plan and design evaluations aiming for the best results. Yet, the path to achieving the expected results is dark and full of terrors. In the real world there are certain challenges that every researcher faces, impeding the perfect evaluation. Along with the pressures of conducting good evaluations, common challenges that need...

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What makes a good evaluation? Knowledge

Evaluation tools are often thought of as an endnote to critically assess the effectiveness of a program. But a good, rigorous evaluation study is so much more. To start with, evaluation programs should be designed around the entire program before implementation begins. It should include a baseline group and a comparison group, and create monitoring mechanisms pre, post and ideally during the study. This helps...

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Enabling the enablers! Knowledge

Since the past few weeks I have been reading a lot on disabilities and how Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) form the world’s largest unheard minority. Being seen as the cursed ones, or outcomes of their evil past, PwDs have come a long way from there to be looked at as a complete human being. But is this actually true? Though India has one of the...

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Storytelling for Social Change – Exploring co-constructive #Com4Dev Knowledge

Achieving social transformation is a challenging task. It requires the change of behaviour, mindsets and trusted practices, which are sometimes hard to let go. While technological innovations and advancements are often implemented top-down without cultural adaptations, social innovations are complex in nature and do not follow market mechanisms to diffuse among a larger population. Let’s say, you want to change practices in menstrual hygiene in...

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Blog series on innovative break-out sessions (2/3): ENERGISE! Participatory program design for water harvesting initiatives Knowledge

India’s water stress is a recurrent thread to urban and rural areas across the country. Increased water demand, climate change vulnerability and pollution of water quality from both the agricultural as well as the domestic and industrial sectors put pressure on the scare resources the country can rely on. On top of that, water availability is determined by monsoons, with summer rains accounting for 75%...

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Blog series on innovative break-out sessions (3/3): ENABLE! Building capacities for water conservation Knowledge

The third break-out session, which is part of Ambuja Cement Foundation’s event on World Water Day 2017, puts building capacities for water conservation at the center of discussion. Considering that India sustains nearly 17 per cent of the world’s population but is endowed with just four per cent of global water resources, emphasizes the urgent call for water conservation.  

Blog series on innovative break-out sessions (1/3): INVOLVE! Stakeholder Mapping for Drinking Water Programs Knowledge

To commemorate World Water Day 2017, Ambuja Cement Foundation joins hands with 4th Wheel Social Impact (4WSI) to host a participatory dialogue on ‘Co-creating water positive communities”. As part of the event, we are facilitating three break-out sessions on water-related topics, making use of innovative tools and techniques. The objective of these workshop sessions is to build solutions and contribute to the national ‘water’ knowledge...

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The future of monitoring and evaluation Knowledge

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is being used to bring new voices and broader participation into program diagnosis and enable a wider range of input at a reduced cost. They are enabling evaluators to better manage and pull possible trends out of large data sets. ICTs are being used to help achieve greater inclusion in planning processes. New technologies make it easier to compare and...

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