The rise of India’s reputation as a center of technology innovation has in recent years been matched by the country’s growing reputation as a hub of social innovation, and now Indians living abroad are rising as a force for philanthropy in their country of origin. In light of this, The Bridgespan Group, Dasra, and Stanford Social Innovation Review have joined forces to create and publish Impact India, a magazine for philanthropists and social innovators targeting India.
Indian Americans are donating more than ever before to support broad-based social change aimed at reducing India’s inequities.
Initiatives to develop the economic potential of women are becoming a staple of corporate activity.
By Eric Nee
One of India’s largest, and most intractable, challenges is providing clean water to all of its 1.2 billion citizens.
Efforts to bring promising health care interventions to resource-constrained regions of the world often falter because entrepreneurs underestimate the array of obstacles that loom in their path.
Philanthropists should become more active impact investors, focusing on building sustainable social enterprises often overlooked by private investors who seek market-rate returns.
Spotlight on Girls
Educate Girls is helping more than one million Indian schoolchildren.
By Rachita Vora
Sometimes collaboration is the most direct route to impact.
The lack of toilets in India has a disproportionate impact on adolescent girls.
Q & A
By Radhika Nayar
Silicon Valley insider Ram Shriram is focusing a great deal of time, money, and energy on helping innovative NGOs improve K–12 education in India.
By Katie Smith Milway & Jeff Bradach
Serial technology entrepreneur Desh Deshpande is taking innovation techniques created at MIT and using them to solve social problems in India.
Magic Bus is helping change the lives of Indian children living in poverty through a highly-scalable activity-based learning program.
By Brandon Keim
Technical ingenuity and private funding enable Akshaya Patra to serve hot, healthy lunches to 1.4 million Indian children every day.
By Eric Stowe
To ensure that its clean-water initiatives will stick and grow, Splash works with local partners that will take over when it moves on.
By Priya Jha
With a sustainable program structure, skilled advocacy, and targeted technical assistance, Evidence Action helped pull off the world’s largest one-day deworming event.
An effort to improve sanitation in developing countries yields lessons in how to achieve enduring, broad-based social impact.
By the Numbers
By Impact India Editors
Indians are giving more time and more money to charitable causes in