EdelGive is committed to contributing to knowledge available on CSR in the Indian space. We are working with a range of partners to develop papers and publications, to host events and workshops, as well as to participate in various forums to build information, show case exemplary work by visionaries in the field, and share expertise and insights gained from direct on field experiences.
Using Technology to build grassroots leadership for Women Empowerment
The session brought together representatives from the business and philanthropy to deliberate on Using Technology to build grassroots leadership for Women Empowerment. The session concluded with a consensus that one shouldn’t be deterministic about technology and that as long as its “appropriateness” is contextual, its existence and sustenance community-owned, and its adoption steered by women themselves; it has high potential to change the narrative of women empowerment at the grassroots.
Capacity Building: Critical Enabler of Social Development Programmes
The Bridgespan Group and EdelGive Foundation hosted At The Same Table™ in Mumbai, where organisations shared their insights on the value of strategising and supporting capacity building as a critical enabler of social development programmes. Traditionally, funders have been investing in program delivery and services, while the underpinnings of those programs—organisational capabilities and financial health—are mostly neglected. The participants agreed that investing in capacity building of organisations enables them to create efficiency in their programme creation and delivery and build sustainability of the organisation as it continues to grow.
Collaboration in Education – Pune
EdelGive hosted its first At The Same Table in Pune, the 16th edition which brought light to the ways and means to achieve large scale sustainable improvement in the education system through Collective accountability for improvement in education. The conversation stemmed from the insights shared by Gyan Prakash Foundation (GPF) on transforming prevalent primary education system in Maharashtra by improving the existing rural Government education system and then creating sustainability through community participation and ownership.
Breaking the Cycle of Vulnerability- Hyderabad
EdelGive hosted its first At The Same Table in Hyderabad on the causative and preventive factors that are significant in helping women to break the cycle of vulnerabilities they face in their personal and professional lives. The conversation that stemmed from the context of #metoo, saw representation from corporate, non-profit and Government sectors with participants voicing views on the different connotations men and women associate with ‘empowerment’ of women.
Bold Philanthropy in India - Mumbai
EdelGive hosted a dynamic conversation on trends, trendsetters and indicators of Bold Philanthropy in India, in its 14th edition of At The Same Table™, conducted in partnership with the Bridgespan Group and discussed highlights of its recently released report also by the same name; which profiled eight exemplary social change initiatives. The event saw the presence of eminent leaders from corporate, non-profit and the consulting sectors, who shared actionable insights on the need and means to bridge the demand-supply gap of philanthropic capital which has the potential to fund critical solutions to development concerns.
Investing in Capabilities through Philanthropy - Kolkata
EdelGive hosted its first At The Same Table™ in Kolkata, where our State research paper Philanthropy for Impact in West Bengal was released at the event that highlighted the need for and the status of philanthropic investments in West Bengal. Key highlights of the conversations included building capabilities of community to access developmental opportunities through quality education (in the context of Samaritan Help Mission’s work on promoting access to education in Tikiapara slum); and enabling community-based rehabilitation for the survivors of trafficking towards reintegrating them into the mainstream (in the context of Sanjog’s work in South 24 Parganas on building the leadership capabilities of survivors of trafficking) The participants acknowledged the need for multiple players from the philanthropic ecosystem to collaborate for enabling sustainable impact; and working at the source to address the cause and working with communities as a win-win strategy.
Growing Rural Economy - Ahmedabad
Focus on Women Collectives ATST, Ahmedabad: EdelGive hosted its first At the Same Table™ in Ahmedabad on 28th June, on Growing Rural Economy: Focus on Women Collectives, which was supported by the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIMA. The convening witnessed strong representation especially from the business community of Ahmedabad, who joined the conversation with CSR Foundations, non-profit organisations and senior delegates of the IIM-CIIE.
Systemic Response for Women Empowerment - Delhi
EdelGive hosted its first At the Same Table™ in Delhi on 18th May, on Systemic Response for Women Empowerment, which was co-curated with Oxfam India and supported by International Innovation Corps (IIC), University of Chicago. The convening was attended by representatives from eminent Foundations, corporates, funding agencies, research organisations and academic institutions who shared perspectives on the relevance and efficacy of the systems approach in women empowerment initiatives.
Collective Impact Focus on Collaborations and Coalition - Mumbai
The session commenced with the launch of a paper on Collective Impact (CI) developed by EdelGive in partnership with Sattva Consulting which validated the relevance of collectives as an avenue available to funders desirous of creating systemic impact, for shared learnings as well as shared risks.
Fragmented, isolated efforts haven’t resulted in much traction to date. The need of the hour is the coming together of multiple players who are: committed to investing long-term and willing to absorb the costs of risky investments aimed at returns/impact greater than the investment.
Developing Grassroot Leadership as the Vehicle of Empowerment and Change in Society - Bengaluru
This edition of At The Same Table™ was on ‘Developing Grassroot Leadership as the Vehicle of Women Empowerment and Change in Society’ w.r.t the Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 – to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’.
Given that women’s empowerment programs are long term but have immense capacity to effect a change at the system level, significant funding is required from informed donors, who have the capacity and the willingness to invest long term. At present there are similar programs being run in different locations without knowledge of each other and there is a need to collate information on these programs, so that there is optimum gain from the programs and minimum wastage of resources.
Developing Grassroot Leadership as the Vehicle of Empowerment and Change in Society
ATST, Mumbai: It was jointly curated by Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI) and EdelGive Foundation. Characteristics that help identify potential leaders, such as the ability to put community good before self-good, individual risk taking ability, being well informed, and the ability and will to challenge paradigms were discussed.
Key thoughts and learnings from At The Same Table:
- Denied right is taking away a right
- Every person is a potential leader if given the right opportunity
- Learning by doing
- Staying power is consistency to think, feel, say and do
- To be able to lead you need: to focus on the power within; to power with (other people); and the power to (change).
ATST, Mumbai: In this edition of ATST, two grassroots NGOs talked about adopting approaches on opposite ends of the spectrum while addressing the common goal of empowering women.
The contrast between Samaritan Help Mission who has identified the ‘family’ as the crucible of change, empowering women financially to enable them not only to make better economic decisions but also make active reproductive choices and become aware of their social rights and AALI who emphasizes access to Rights and Justice using the law with a collaborative yet at times confrontational approach was very interesting. Their work is a storehouse of great courage and resolve.
Therefore, as responsible funders we need to balance our investments and support both approaches to influence systemic change given that they complement each other.
EdelGive Foundation’s annual conference EDGE 2020 set out to find answers for some urgent questions, for issues that disproportionately affect marginal sections of society, particularly migrant workers, children and women. Centered around the theme of 'Hope', EDGE 2020 brought to the forefront stories of human resilience, grit and compassion that have impacted the deepest levels. What were the hurdles that the intermission posed? What was the response from individuals and organisations at the frontline? And what next? It brought together primary stakeholders, corporates, NGOs and Foundations who explored first-hand accounts of the migrants' crisis, learning loss and struggles faced by women, and deliberated on the difficult but warranted, rebuilding journey before us.
Watch all the discussions here.
EDGE 2019 left us feeling enriched, inspired, and humbled by the conversations surrounding ‘The Power of One’. A recognition of how one person, one thought, or one solution has enabled change for a thousand others. The Power of One highlighted stories that remind us that even the smallest shift of the needle is significant. Like every year, EDGE has been designed as a collaborative platform to connect the funding fraternity with exceptional grassroots organizations.
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On October 24th, EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Edelweiss Group of companies flagged off its annual conference, EDGE, on the theme Leadership – A key vector for change. The event brought together the funding fraternity and the NGOs on a common engagement platform and facilitated conversations on fostering partnerships for collective impact.
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The fifth edition of our forum EDGE- EdelGive Engage was centered on the theme of Why Collaborations Do Not Work. A part of the two days was dedicated to enable interactions between donors and NGOs from across the country through breakout sessions. Additionally, one day was devoted to knowledge sessions for all NGOs that are part of the event.
EDGE is a journey of collaborative philanthropy with participation from exceptional grassroot organizations, corporate, philanthropist and social development experts. This engagement platform attempts to understand the challenges faced by our partners and hence facilitate discussion, insights sharing in the true spirit of collaboration.
USA-India-Israel Excellence Summit
Vidya Shah joined the USA-India-Israel Excellence Summit to discuss India and Israel’s shared values in education, innovation, social services, and more.
UdyamStree: Launch of A Landscape Study on Women Entrepreneurship
Shri Ram Mohan Mishra, Secretary of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India, launched the report on 'A Landscape Study on Women Entrepreneurship'. The event featured two panel discussions to deliberate on how can women entrepreneurs make a mark in the MSME sector, how can Government schemes and policies be better harnessed by existing and potential women entrepreneurs, and how can gender disparity be addressed through the lens of #WomenEntrepreneurship.
We were delighted to have Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog grace the launch event of "Landscape Study on Women Entrepreneurship”.
Social Enterprise: Creating Conducive Ecosystem by EdelGive and FICCI
EdelGive Foundation curated the event in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Aditya Birla CSR Centre For Excellence, to understand the ecosystem and challenges of Social Enterprises in India.
Pay-What-It-Takes-Philanthropy for a Stronger Social Sector by India Leaders for Social Sector - ILSS
Naghma Mulla focussed on the process and potential of the Pay-What-It-Takes India Initiative, offering us an inside view of the transformative collaboration and what it may mean for the country's funding landscape. Watch the session here.
New Power Webinar: WINGS and Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation
Vidya Shah deliberated on China and its impact on philanthropy across the world, alongside Janet Mawiyoo and Ana Toni at the WINGS and Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation webinar on ‘New Power’.
#DPW2021 Live - Pay What It Takes Philanthropy: Building Stronger and More Resilient NGOs
Vidya Shah joined the Pay What it Takes panel to deliberate on building stronger and more resilient NGOs.
#DPW2021 Live - Further Together: Collaborative Action as a Pathway to Systems Change
Vidya Shah joined Dasra Philanthropy Week and discussed the challenges and opportunities for collaboratives in India and ways in which they can enhance their impact.
4th Gender Equality Summit 2021
Naghma Mulla was in conversation with Anjali Makhija, Madhura DasGupta Sinha Shaili Chopra and Siddharth Vaze as they deliberate on ‘Reconfiguring gender solutions’ at the 4th Gender Equality Summit 2021.
ARTHAN: Women in Leadership - Shaping the Future
"1% of women are reported to have benefitted from any Govt. yojna/scheme, because only 11% women (in India) are even aware of any schemes."
Naghma Mulla, President and COO, EdelGive Foundation highlighted the need for collective action to support women during the Women In Leadership Forum with Arthan.
Naghma Mulla: LIVE on One Future Collective's Instagram Handle
Tokenistic empowerment to tangible empowerment. This #InternationalWomensDay, Naghma Mulla (@justnaghma) took over OFC's - @onefuturecollective Instagram handle to share unedited insights and lessons throughout the day on the topic 'Understanding Empowerment Beyond The Word'.
Governance Now: Women Entrepreneurship & Leadership in India
“The ecosystem has been crafted by Men, for Men. It hasn’t been designed for a diverse group that includes women in the system." Naghma Mulla highlighted the need for creating safe spaces for women to speak out, during a panel discussion on 'Encouraging Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership in India' for Governance Now, alongside a group of inspiring women leaders.
Sexism and the Online Publics Webinar Series
IT for Change, in partnership with EdelGive Foundation and International Development Research Centre, Canada (IDRC), in its first session of their 3-part webinar series on Sexism and The Online Publics, discussed the constitutional case against sexist speech, and how we define the boundaries of free speech.
15th National Convention by Global Compact Network India
Naghma Mulla spoke at the Concurrent Session II of #GCNIConvention2021 on the topic "Self-Reliant and Sustainable India: Opportunities to revitalize and grow 12 priority sectors.
Changelooms Leadership ADDA-V
Naghma Mulla deliberated on the theme, ‘From Leadership to Thrival: Investing in Relationships’ in the discussion organised by Pravah.
The Transformers Season 2 by PRADAN
Vidya Shah in conversation with Sudhir Sahni, Director- Partnerships at Pradan as they discuss her journey, EdelGive's work and the importance of collaboration on Season 2 of #TheTransformers.
RISE World Summit 2021
Vidya Shah joined RISE World Summit 2021 as a plenary speaker at the RISE World Summit organized by RISE Infinity Foundation in collaboration with Idobro Impact Solutions.
Social Fest by Abhyuday, IIT Bombay
Ahmad Bari, Senior Portfolio Manager- Women Empowerment from team EdelGive in conversation with Riddhi Shah engaged in a discussion to deliberate how women entrepreneurship can help resolve some of the most pressing challenges faced by women.
11th India CSR Leadership Summit 2021
Naghma Mulla spoke as a part of the Panel, ‘Together We Can’ emphasizing the importance of collaboration in enabling social change.
Vidya Shah Joined the conversation at Samagam 2020 alongside Anshu Gupta from GOONJ and Binoy Acharya from Unnati - Organisation for Development Education. Watch the session here.
Apna Adda by Apnalaya
Naghma Mulla joined Apna Adda organised by Apnalaya. The discussion will focus on the issues that the urban poor have been facing since the onset of the COVID induced lockdown.
Vidya Shah deliberated on the Power and Role of Philanthropy at the #WINGSForum2020.
Social Innovation Summit, 2020
Naghma Mulla spoke on Day 1 of the Social Innovation Summit 2020 organised by CSIP, Ashoka University.
Watch the session here.
Leadership for Equity Learning Series
Naghma Mulla reflected on her experience of leading and nurturing collaboratives as a keynote speaker.
The Rakshin Project Felicitation Ceremony
Naghma Mulla spoke as a Chief Guest at the felicitation of the 50 Rakshin Champions, (NSS Volunteers) from 19 colleges, selected from 11,978 students across 187 colleges who received the certificates for the successful completion of the Rakshin Fellowship.
Fortnightly TED Circles hosted by EndIncest
Naghma Mulla shared her personal experience at the Fortnightly TED Circles hosted by End Incest on the normalisation of everyday toxic behaviour.
Be Unlimited Series 2020: Breaking Barriers Breaking Norms In discussion with the Changemakers
Vidya Shah moderated the session 'Breaking Barriers. Breaking Norms' at the #BeUnlimitedSeries2020. Learn more about what drives the esteemed panellists to truly make a change at the grassroots.
Apprenticeship Webinar by Rightwalk Foundation
Atul Gandhi, Head - Investment, was part of the panel discussion - Virtual Roundtable on Uttar Pradesh Apprenticeship Scheme. The topic of discussion was 'Reskilling of youth for Atmanirbhar Bharat- Experiences & Best Practices', which revolved around the key components of employability skill-building that the schemes targeting rural youth skilling and employment should include.
Pro Bono Asia Pacific Summit 2020
Naghma Mulla spoke at will be speaking as part of a fireside chat at Asia-Pacific Pro Bono Summit on 'How NGOs can engage with corporates to deliver commonly agreed social good?'
Vidya Shah spoke at the Awakin Talks with Amit Bhatia, Founder & CEO, Aspire Tomorrow. The discussion on, 'How does wealth relate to satisfaction and joy?' was moderated by Birju Pandya.
Girl Icon Leadership Summit by Milaan Foundation
Vidya Shah alongside girl leaders from the grassroots weaved the gender lens into contemporary issues on the day of the International Day of the Girl Child.
T4 Global Education Week
Three grassroots schools supported by EdelGive had been selected among the top 100 schools at the T4 World Education Week!
The Government Primary School, Aadipeepli, Rajasthan supported by Kshamtalaya, Samaritan Mission School (High) supported by Samaritan Help Mission, Kolkata and Zilla Parishad Primary School, Kallekhetpada, Nandurbar district, Maharashtra supported by Gyan Prakash Foundation was a part of the global showcase which promoted a higher and better standard of education for all.
Indiaspora Philanthropy Summit 2020
Vidya Shah shared three critical lessons that she learnt as a philanthropist in her keynote speaker address. Naghma Mulla shared her learnings from closely observing the challenges faced by the migrant community in India.
SVP Samvaad 2020
Vidya Shah spoke on ‘Building Institutions of Social Change’ at SVP Samvaad 2020. This online conference brought together eminent leaders from the social sector who shared their experiences, best practices, and journey from seed to scale.
Future of Collaborative Philanthropy
Naghma Mulla in conversation with Vikas Pota, Convenor, T4 Global Education Week discussed the different aspects of the Future of Collaborative Philanthropy. Key insights from her recommendations of the 5 must-haves to build successful collaborations included:
- Committed Core Group of Partners
- Clear & A Common Understanding of The Vision
- Accountability of Roles & Responsibilities of Each Partner
- Willingness to Relinquish Control
- A Robust and Transparent Due Diligence and Compliance Processes
Restarting India on CNBC TV 18
Naghma Mulla, in conversation with Shereen Bhan, CNBC-TV18’s Managing Editor and Ankit Vyas of Oxfam India, discusses the recent survey released by Oxfam highlighting the current educational challenges at the ground level.
Digital Dialogues 2.0 by toolbox INDIA Foundation
In the Digital Dialogues2.0, Atul Gandhi, Investment and M&E Lead, specified on the need for organisations to consistently communicate the challenges they face, and the impact of the ongoing work, effectively to their donors. He was in conversation with Prateek Narang, Founder, ColoredCow Consulting on The Reporting Conundrum and Best Way to Leverage Technology.
Be Unlimited Series 2020: Discussion on NEP 2020
As we navigate into the new and evolving education system, Vidya Shah discussed the importance of quality education and EdelGive's work with the Government of Maharashtra to ensure quality education in the state. The talk also brings together eminent panellists who deep dive to unpack the intersection between learning and assessments.
Developing a Shared Understanding of the New Education Policy
Naghma Mulla spoke at a panel discussion organised by Rapid Rural Community Response to COVID-19 (RCRC) on Developing a Shared Understanding of the New Education Policy. She was joined by Vrinda Swarup, Former Secretary, School Education, Government of India, Aditya Natraj from Kaivalya Education Foundation(KEF), and Vanita Viswanath from RCRC. The session was moderated by Manmohan Singh from KEF.
Be Unlimited Series 2020: Help Your Help Initiative
Our migrant workers and domestic help have faced huge challenges during the lockdown. Naghma Mulla alongside a panel of experts, shared their insights on how government schemes, NGOs, and civil society come together to help migrant workers and domestic help recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
Arthan: Building CSOs for the Future
Naghma Mulla was a part of the conversation on 'Pivoting Strategy for Systems Change' hosted by Arthan in collaboration with Svarya. She reflected on converging development sector experiences to build and drive collaboratives alongside Moutushi Sengupta, India Director, MacArthur Foundation, Ashif Shaikh, CEO Jan Sahas, and Satyam Vyas, Founder and CEO, Arthan.
Replicable Livelihood Opportunities during and post COVID-19
EdelGive Foundation in collaboration with Nexus of Good organised an insightful webinar on Replicable Livelihood Opportunities during and post COVID-19. Government officials and NGO founders discussed ways of developing innovative livelihood solutions and opportunities for rural farmers and migrant workers during COVID-19.
eSpire '20: Reaching the unreached - Empowering Remote Geographies
Vidya Shah was a part of an enriching session at eSpire '20 'Reaching the unreached - Empowering Remote Geographies' with leaders enabling change at the grassroots level.
She was joined by Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson of Arghyam, S.D Shibulal, Co-Founder of Infosys and Permanent Trustee of SFPI, Pradeep Nair, Regional Director, Ford Foundation, Anshu Bhartia, CEO, UnLtd India and Gayatri Nair Lobo, COO, ATE Chandra Foundation.
Webinar on 'Scaling Solutions Toward Shifting Systems: Seeing, Facilitating and Assessing Systems Change’
Aiswarya A, Senior Manager, Partnerships spoke at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Webinar on 'Scaling Solutions Toward Shifting Systems: Seeing, Facilitating and Assessing Systems Change'
She was joined by Kathy Reich from Ford Foundation, Maria Claudia Santos Camargo from Fundación Arturo y Enrica Sesana, Edwin Ou from The Skoll Foundation and Georgia Pessoa from Instituto Humanize. The session will be moderated by Heather Grady from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
Women Leadership in the Development Sector
Vidya Shah spoke at ‘Building Civil Society Organisations of the Future’ initiated by Arthan. She discussed the different angles on 'Funding for Women-led organisations’ alongside Aparna Uppaluri, Program Officer, Ford Foundation, Chetna Gala Sinha, Founder President, Mann Deshi Foundation, and Hardika Shah, Founder and CEO, Kinara Capital. The panel was moderated by Anchal Kakkar, Co-Founder & VP - Strategy & Partnerships at Arthan.
India Global Week 2020 hosted by India Inc
Vidya Shah deliberated on Global Diaspora Response to COVID-19 alongside Narendra Mulani from Accenture and Hitan Mehta from British Asian Trust. The panel was moderated by MR Rangaswamy, Founder, Indiaspora Forum.
Connect For Panel on Realigning CSR Strategy
Atul Gandhi, Head, Investments was a part of the online webinar by Connect For. He reflected on the need for the corporates to realign their CSR strategy towards building digital capacity of partner organisations, to enable them to generate employment at the grassroots, once the COVID-19 crisis is in control.
The Migrant in Me Series
Naghma Mulla was a part of 'The Migrant in me' panel discussion hosted by Ananta Aspen Centre alongside Tarun Das and Dipankar Gupta. The panel was moderated by Govindraj Ethiraj.
Social Lens Virtual Learning Cohort
Naghma Mulla discussed the need-based strategy adopted by NPOs with Vijaya Balaji, Managing Partner, Social Lens Consulting at Day 1 of SL Virtual Learning Cohort: Effective Digital Media Communication and Engagement.
Mantra 4 Change: Connecting the Disconnected
Naghma Mulla moderated Mantra 4 Change’s Connecting the Disconnected panel discussion on ‘The Promise of Co-creation, Collaboration and Collective Action’. She was in conversation with Pradeep Nair, Regional Director, Ford Foundation, Sanjay Purohit, Chief Curator, Societal Platfoms, and Janhvi Kanoria, Innovation Director, Education Above All Foundation.
CSR: Creating Shared Value in Society
Naghma Mulla was a part of the exclusive panel, ‘CSR: Creating Shared Value in Society’ alongside Anurag Srivastava (Cisco ), Gayatri Divecha (Godrej Group), and Maneesha Chadha (J.P. Morgan) at Arthan Building CSOs.
Launch of FICCI FLO Empowering the Greater 50%
Supporting the need for empowering more women entrepreneurs in India, Rashesh Shah, Chairman & CEO, Edelweiss Group and Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation, stress on the need for women to have continued access to capital, an enabling environment and other key resources.
AVPN Virtual Conference 2020
Naghma Mulla moderated the session on, Future of Youth Skilling in Asia, where speakers reflected on plausible solutions that be reworked for the future we wish to build. Key learnings included flexibility in terms of approach, empathy and resources to reworking creative research-based solutions to reinvent the face of employment and training in Asia.
T4 Conference on Education
Vidya Shah and Naghma Mulla in conversation with Vikas Pota, discussed the very pertinent questions of the impact of the pandemic in India and the role philanthropy plays in these times of crisis.
Reality Check: Life in Difficult Geographies
The final episode of the Reality Check series brought to light some heart-wrenching stories from lands disconnected. Four grassroots warriors from around the country to talked about how life in these remote areas have been affected amidst the pandemic and the lockdown. The session was moderated by Naghma Mulla.
Webinar on Corona Pandemic and Society
Naghma Mulla spoke on the panel on societal issues which may need redesigning in the post COVID-19 world, with particular focus on emerging economies like India alongside Dipankar Gupta, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Shiv Nadar University. The panel was hosted by Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Visiting Professor and organised by School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.
Charcha 2020: Human Impact and Impact on Humans
Vidya Shah spoke on the panel, Human Impact and Impact on Humans alongside Girish Sohani from BAIF Development Research Foundation and Mridula Ramesh from Sundaram Climate Institute. The session was moderated by Ganesh Neelam from CiNI, Tata Trusts and ICC.
Charcha 2020: Evolving role of Foundations in India's Development Journey
Vidya Shah along with Deepali Khanna from Rockefeller Foundation, Pradeep Nair from Ford Foundation and Geeta Goel from Michael & Susan Dell Foundation deliberated on the Evolving role of Foundations in India’s development journey at day 2 of Charcha 2020. The session was moderated by Rohit Khanna from The Quint.
Charcha 2020: Accelerating through Collaborative Action
Atul Gandhi, Head, Investments, reflected on accelerating innovation in the development sector through collaborative action alongside Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Pune City Connect , Rikin Gandhi, CEO, Digital Green , Shailja Mehta, Lead, 10to19, Dasra Adolescents Collaborative and Sheena Gandhi, Co-founder, Sahayog Foundation on Day 2 of Charcha 2020.
Charcha 2020: Strengthening the Influence of Civil Society
Vidya Shah reflected on the pathways to strengthen the influence of civil society in India, alongside Arun Maira of HelpAge International and Vijay Mahajan of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. The panel, was curated and moderated by Smarinita Shetty from India Development Review.
CSR Priorities during and beyond the COVID crisis
Naghma Mulla was in conversation with Sridhar N. E., CSR Head, Titan, Rachana Iyer, CSR Head, IDFC FIRST Bank, and Amita Chauhan, SVP Mumbai Chair, on ‘CSR priorities during and beyond the COVID Crisis’, hosted by Social Venture Partners India.
Asia Society India Centre Panel
Naghma Mulla was in conversation with Raman Kalyanakrishnan of Tata Trusts, Bhaskar Chatterjee, Indian Steel Association and Jacob Ninan from Axis bank Foundation at Asia Society’s India Centre Panel - 'Reimagining Indian CSR' series.
First Donor Roundtable of the India Climate Collaborative (ICC)
EdelGive Hosted the First Donor Roundtable of the India Climate Collaborative wherein innovative examples of the co-benefits approach to addressing the climate crisis and the areas of work that members can collectively undertake, were highlighted.
Social Impact Lab partnership with North Eastern University (NEU)
EdelGive partnered with Social Impact Lab (SIL) North-Eastern University to grant funding to an NGO working in the Women Empowerment sector. One of our partner NGO won the Social Impact-athon Grant of USD 20,000.
Edelweiss Group has been declared as finalists under the category 'Leader in Corporate Volunteering Awards' at iVolunteer Awards 2020.
This award felicitated each Edelite, who with their dedication and commitment have contributed over 32,500-man hours of volunteering.
Naghma Mulla unveiled the ToolBox Survey Report 2020 at Toolbox India Foundation’s annual conference, Out-Of-The-Box 2020. Shailesh Mahangade and Jueli Paygude from Edelweiss General Insurance Company Limited were felicitated for their skill volunteering efforts for creating a MIS for NGO Lakshyam.
Working group on Philanthropy for Gender Equality in India
The working group on ‘Philanthropy for Gender Equality in India’, co-chaired by EdelGive and Tata Trusts with support from the Organisation for Economic and Development (OECD), became a platform for voicing thoughts, delving deeper into the trends that are prevalent in Indian philanthropy, and encouraging discussions on identifying and addressing the gaps in funding gender-focussed programmes.
Linkages between masculinities, national policies and #SDG5 by UNESCO
Aishwarya A, Senior Manager, Partnerships at EdelGive was part of the panel on Linkages between masculinities, national policies and SDG5 (gender equality) at the Partners’ Dialogue on Masculinities and Gender Equality held by UNESCO New Delhi Office. She highlighted the issue of enterprises viewing gender equality programmes as ‘risky’ ventures.
Sankalp Forum Global Summit 2019
Vidya Shah moderated the session on ‘Wealth Creation for Rural Women – Investing for Inclusion’ at the Sankalp Forum Global Summit 2019, Mumbai. Panellists on the session included Chetna Gala Sinha, Founder, Mann Deshi Foundation, Vanita Pise, CEO of Mann Deshi Kisan Producer Company, Surekha Marandi, Retired Executive Director, RBI and Jayshree Vyas, Director, SEWA.
Launch of EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy List and Report 2019
Vidya Shah and Anas Rahman Junaid from Hurun Report India jointly launched the EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2019. The objective of the list is to understand philanthropic giving in the country from a data and evidence point of view. The report highlights the Top 100 most generous individuals of the country based on the cumulative contributions between 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.
Bloomberg Equality Summit
Rashesh Shah, Chairman & CEO, Edelweiss Group, acknowledged with the He for She pin by United Nations for showing exemplary support to the cause of women empowerment. He shares this moment with 4 other exemplary leaders - Amit Chandra, Managing Director, Bain Capital, CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman & MD, Unilever, Sudhanshu Vats, CEO & MD, Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd.
Vidya Shah talked about how as funders or capacity building supporters we must understand the challenges that organisations might face in achieving this scale at IIT-IIT road show at Bay Area. IIT-IIT (IITians Influencing India's Transformation) is a global IITian movement, which has partnered with 6 social impact programmes to nationally scale them, under the GTNS (Grow to National Scale) initiative.
Indiaspora Global Forum 2019
Vidya Shah in conversation with Arjun Divecha, Head of Emerging Markets Equity and Board Member, GMO talked about how several small to mid-sized Indian do not have the access or ability to showcase their work optimally or fundraise with as much maturity as their larger contemporaries at Indiaspora Global Forum 2019. She further added how challenges for these organisations go beyond fundraising towards capacity building.
Open House with General Insurance Team
Vidya Shah addressed the 120 employees along with the CEO and ExCo's of Edelweiss General Insurance Company Limited. Vidya took everyone through the journey of EdelGive Foundation, and Suleman Safdar briefed the audience about the employee-volunteering plan of EdelGive this year. The Open House ended with Shanai Ghosh, the CEO of GI, launching the '365 days of giving' for taking up 4 more CSR activities, spread across the year.
Vacha Resource Centre Visit by The Influencers
The Influencers group met with the confident and cheery girls of one of our NGO partners, Vacha Resource Centre. The team interacted with the girls at Juhu Galli and Gilbert Hill Centres in Andheri; heard from them about the Social Action Projects they had successfully implemented. Vacha operates Girls Resource Centres in bastis which are safe spaces for girls aged between 10-18 years where they access life skills such as communication, negotiation and English proficiency.
EdelGive and Monk Prayogshala Paper Launch
Practices that increase efficiency, productivity, and impact are vital for any organisation. In that sense, it is also necessary to outline the nature of such practices from a subset of successful organisations in the development sector. To this effect, a series of five papers have been produced by EdelGive Foundation and Monk Prayogshala, documenting how established Best Practices are being interpreted by select non-profits in India.
AVPN Annual Conference 2019
Vidya Shah highlighted the intrinsic importance of a government’s involvement in any PPP at the AVPN Annual Conference 2019 panel discussion on Amplifying Impact through Public-Private Collaboration. She further elaborated that The Collaborators for Transforming Education (CTE) was conceived after 2 years of deliberations on the problems faced by the Government of Maharashtra machinery on ground.
Menstrual Health and the Role of Corporate Social Responsibility
Why is it that a girl is shamed into believing that the power that she holds within herself is to be embarrassed about? While CSR proposals need to be tangible and talk about mechanisms of awareness building, service to access a basic human right should be brought back into the narrative while making a grant. It is high time we call the bias out and reiterate the fact that menstrual health is not a woman’s issue. It is a basic Human Right,” - Naghma Mulla during the round-table discussion by CSR Advisors in partnership with Wockardt Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
6th Indian Families in Business Conference by Campden Family Connect
Today, business houses and foundations alike have a responsibility, through CSR and philanthropy, to contribute much more towards nation building. Vidya Shah talked about how important is it to find what touches us and what we are passionate about, and use that as the first step towards creating change. She was in conversation with Radhika Gupta, CEO, Edelweiss Asset Management Limited.
The Role of Philanthropy in India’s Human, Social and Economic Progress
At the Aksha panel discussion, Vidya Shah discussed the role of philanthropy in India, and the potential of visionary leadership combined with strategic partnerships, to drive greater social and economic impact. The panel was moderated by Shereen Bahn (Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18), and was also attended by Rodger Voorhies (President, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Amitabh Kant (CEO, Niti Aayog) and Ashish Dhawan (Chairman, Central Square Foundation).
J-PAL South Asia – Gender Sector Launch
Naghma Mulla was a part of a panel discussion on ‘Investing in Equality, Empowerment and Agency at Scale. She along with her co-panellists discussed on the current strategies and priorities utilised by the organisations in the field, and the kind of research and solutions that has the potential to attract investment to scale in future.
2nd Annual “Women in Finance” Leadership Summit India, 2019
At the summit, Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation, was invited to speak on the topic “Leading with Purpose”, where she addressed the group of women on how the ‘sense of purpose’ is the biggest driver of happiness and well-being.
She was also conferred with the award in the Guiding category for playing an active role on various Boards, committees, think-tanks and policy Groups.
Kalaari Annual Summit 2019, Bangalore
Kalaari Capital, an early-stage technology-focused venture capital firm hosted a summit that highlights the India opportunity and the impact of start-ups on accelerating our economic objectives. Vidya Shah, CEO was invited to speak at one of panels centred around the role of women empowerment and how women in workforce and entrepreneurship is critical for India’s economic aspirations.
Chaupal 2019, Mumbai
Goonj celebrated its 20th year anniversary and dedicated this event, an annual no agenda conversation, to reflect back and share some highlights of their 2 decades journey. Naghma Mulla, COO was part of the panel discussion on “The Power of One” where she spoke on the importance of collaboration to achieve greater impact alongwith other co-panellists, Satyajit Bhatkal, Avinash Das, Ruby Ahluwalia and Ashu Gupta.
ET Women’s Forum 2019
Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation, was a part of a panel discussion, “Sheroes of Philanthropy” at the ET Women’s Forum in Mumbai where she spoke on how her journey in philanthropy is shaped by her identity as a woman. The panel focussed on the challenges faced by successful female entrepreneurs in the patriarchal society.
Out of the Box 2019
Naghma Mulla, COO EdelGive Foundation, was part of the panel “Driving systemic change in India’s social impact sector” organised by Toolbox India in Mumbai. She emphasised on the value of striving for unified, combined efforts from organisations to scale overall impact. The session also saw discussion on the role of the government, public policies and community engagement to drive systemic change.
OECD netFWD Gender Working Group, Paris
The Gender Working Group brought together members of netFWD working on gender equality, and a few selected foundations and experts, in order to discuss how philanthropy can help challenge gender norms and empower women to achieve SDG5. Naghma Mulla, COO was part of the panel: “Unlocking barriers to women’s economic empowerment: the case of unpaid care work” to discuss how women use their time and what can impact its distribution such as public services, social protection, infrastructure (and mobility) and shared responsibility in the household.
2nd Sustainable Development Goals Summit 2018
UN Global Compact Network India organized its 2nd SDGs Summit on the crucial theme of “Leveraging Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for SDGs” to provide a platform for insightful discussion on how CSR can be integrated with the SDGs. Naghma Mulla, COO was part of the panel discussion on “Strategic Financing on SDG’s” where she spoke about the absence of partnerships and the need to tap into collaboration among small and mid-size foundations.
AVPN India Summit 2018
EdelGive COO, Naghma Mulla was part of the interactive showcase on Policy Initiatives at the AVPN India Summit 2018. AVPN held their 1st India Policy Forum, a half-day forum and workshop along the themes of Education, Livelihoods & Nutrition. They also launched the Asia Policy Forum Exchange (APFx) - an interactive, digital platform that showcases curated policy-driven initiatives with actionable opportunities for the social investment community to participate in.
Vidya Shah at Singapore Annual Forum 2018
Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation, was a part of a panel discussion on “Why Diversity Matters” at the AIMA Singapore Annual Forum. The panel discussed the importance of having a robust dialogue about the successes, opportunities, and challenges of Diversity in the workplace including how far we have progressed in integrating women in the financial workplace, the initiatives that are working and how we can further empower women in the workplace.
EdelGive celebrates the power of Collaborators in Transforming Education in Maharashtra
EdelGive Foundation held the Collaboration for Transforming Education event to showcase the progress and achievements achieved over the past 2 years. State Education Minister Shri. Vinod Tawde also graced the event with his presence to encourage this initiative. Phase I of the Coalition has resulted in -
- Improvement in the average learning outcomes of students
- Students scoring above the National & State Average in Mathematics and Language (NAS 2018)
- Reduction in the drop-out of students from schools that happens due to seasonal migration every year
India-UK Leadership Conclave
The British Asian Trust invited Vidya Shah to be a panellist at a high profile and influential event at the centre of UK-India Week. One of the main events within the Conclave, entitled “Multiply your social impact in India”, Vidya was joined by business leaders, entrepreneurs, CSR leaders and other key British Asian Trust supporters.
Emerging Investment Ideas - Edelweiss Global Wealth and Asset Management Investor’s Theme Day 2018Emerging Investment Ideas - Edelweiss Global Wealth and Asset Management Investor’s Theme Day 2018
EdelGive COO, Naghma Mulla addressed a gathering on Emerging Investment Ideas - Edelweiss Global Wealth and Asset Management Investor’s Theme Day 2018, at Taj Santacruz. The conversation elicited great interest on the operations aspects of philanthropy.
AVPN 2018, Singapore
EdelGive Foundation was additionally invited on the panel of ‘Innovations in Collaborative Funding’. The session brought together experts on innovative funding models to explore the pros and cons of each constellation with focus on sustaining social impact and scale of the funded SPOs. It examined giving circles and collective impact across India, South East Asia and Hong Kong.
AVPN 2018, Singapore
The Conference opened with a plenary on Accelerating Women’s Empowerment where a diverse panel shared their experiences and initiatives related to streamlining gender in programs and the challenges faced by women globally. This esteemed panel was moderated by Vidya shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation, who opened with how issues surrounding gender equity and accelerating women’s empowerment are at the front and centre to EdelGive’s work.
GSIF - When Corporates Collaborate
Rashesh Shah, Edelweiss Group & Amit Chandra, Bain Capital Ventures at the GSIF Event – When Corporates Collaborate. GSIF is a yearlong fellowship program, jointly managed and implemented by Genpact and Edelweiss. It deploys process excellence experts to work on high impact projects to bring systemic change in the development sector. The event showcased the power of partnership between two or more entities, who uses their collective strength to achieve a larger sustainable impact.
Round Table Conference, Rockefeller Foundation
Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation, attended the round table with Rockefeller Foundation & Partners
TOI Global Sports Business Show
Naghma Mulla, COO-EdelGive Foundation, speaking at TOI Global Sports Business Show
AVPN Conference, Bangkok
Collaborating for Impact at Leading the panel on two discussions at AVPN‘s annual conference in Bangkok with the theme “Collaborating for Impact” to reflect the importance of partnership across sectors, Naghma Mulla, COO, EdelGive Foundation, spoke on ‘Social Investing in Education’ & ‘Unlocking the Potential of Children through Quality and Inclusive Education’.
IACC CSR Conference – Partners for Change: Leveraging Leadership, Teamwork and Technology for Effective CSR
At the 4th Annual Indo American Chamber of Commerce CSR Conference, Naghma Mulla moderated a panel on ‘Are For-Profit Social Enterprises ands Non-Profit NGOs implementing CSR at Opposing Ends of the Spectrum?’ Co-panelists included Avijeet Kumar of Charities Aid Foundation India, Puja Marwaha of Child Relief and You (CRY), Rachita Misra of SELCO Foundation and Harsha Mukherjee of MBA-CSR, MIT Pune.