American Bazaar, Equal Innovation to host CSR & Sustainability conference in Mumbai on April 29

Top funders, NGOs to discuss growth, partnerships and their ambitious plans to solve some of India’s biggest problems.

The front lines of India’s development are its NGOs and philanthropic funders. Together, they are in India’s villages, urban slums and remote corners trying to feed the poor, take care of the sick and connect India’s masses to the modern India of professional jobs, higher education and consumer comfort.

At the upcoming “CSR & Sustainability Conclave 2017,” hosted by The American Bazaar, a media company, and Equal Innovation, a consulting firm, some of India’s top funders and NGO executives discuss the growth of their organizations, their partnerships with key funders, and their ambitious plans to solve some of India’s biggest problems.

The conference will be held on Saturday, April 29 at the J.W. Marriott in Juhu Beach, Mumbai. More information can be found at:

Several factors are currently converging to transform societal development in India as never before. The first is the growth of Indian philanthropy overall because of commitments by some of India’s wealthiest citizens to donate their wealth to charitable causes; as well as the 3-year long implementation of the CSR requirement of the 2013 Companies Act. Overall, this has put thousands of crore rupees to work with NGO’s and community organizations. Secondly, the programs of the Indian government – Aadhar, India Stack, Jan Dhan Yojana and demonetization, among others, could quickly bring India’s 1.3 billion citizens “onto the grid” for micro-lending, online commerce, education and access to government support. And lastly, many of India’s NGO’s have demonstrated a rare ability to scale and provide services to over 1 million Indians each. The combination of these remarkable achievements mean that development in India could accelerate greatly over the next 10 years.

WHAT CSR & Sustainability Conclave 2017
WHERE  J.W. Marriott in Juhu Beach, Mumbai
WHEN April 29, 2017
HOW TO REGISTER Visit the conference website

At the CSR & Sustainability Conclave, delegates will hear from speakers from many of India’s leading funders, including Mastek, Signet Chemicals, HSBC, British Asian Trust, United Way Mumbai and the Omidyar Network. They will also hear the perspectives of India’s top NGO leaders from Gateway House, Hi-5 Foundation, Mann Deshi Mahila Bank, Akshara Foundation and others.

The panels will address three different stages in the relationship between funders and NGO’s. The first panel will focus on the early stage NGO, which requires lots of time and support from the funder to achieve stability. The second panel focuses on NGO’s that are growing, and the importance of flexible growth capital from funders that can be used to hire staff, improve operations and fundraise. The last panel will focus on NGO’s that can scale their programs or impact through multi-year partnerships with funders that involve outside funders, governments and impact public policy.

The event will also feature a pitch contest for NGO’s to raise their profile and receive funding from local funders.

The American Bazaar is the leading online sources of news for diaspora communities, and hosts many of India’s leading conferences, including the Startup Expo and Technology Conclave. It is partnering with Equal Innovation Consulting, a new, Bangalore-based consulting firm working with philanthropists, corporates and NGO’s to integrate innovation. Equal Innovation recently released a report recommending changes to the CSR sector.

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