From entrepreneurship to education, the IIC's eight 2017-2018 projects touch on a range of key development priority areas. The projects launched in September of 2017.
RAJASTHAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Now entering its third year, our longest-running project continues its partnership with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) and the Government of Rajasthan. An IIC team is working with the Rajasthan Department of Education to develop their capacity to deliver a high-quality education to all the children of Rajasthan with the ultimate goal of improving learning outcomes across the state. In particular, the IIC will focus on programs in early childhood and primary education, as well as teacher training. The team’s projects include providing management for the ambitious Utkrisht program for elementary schools; designing and managing the state’s teacher training portal; and working on early-childhood education through Anganwadis.
Envisioned by the Tata Trusts, Social Alpha is a 3-tier ecosystem architecture designed to nurture development sector start-up teams through their lab-to-market journey. The IIC- Social Alpha project involves the team working closely with the recently constituted Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE), the centerpiece of the Social Alpha architecture, out of Bangalore, India. A not-for-profit company created to empower and equip entrepreneurs with a mission to drive large scale and sustainable impact, FISE provides incubation, acceleration and seed capital programs. In the initial phases of the project, the IIC- Team plans to undertake a best practices and benchmarking study in social enterprise incubation across the world. The study will, thereby, determine the best implementation models and processes that can be applied to the FISE model for effective delivery of services to social enterprises. Through industry benchmarking and data collection, the team is also looking to build tools to facilitate scaling of operations and support expansion of Social Alpha.
RURAL ELECTRIFICATION CORPORATION
The IIC is working with the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) - a public sector undertaking that provides financing to the power sector and serves as the nodal agency for the Government of India’s key electrification programs - to ensure fulfilment of their role as the nodal implementation agency in Soubhagya, a scheme directed at 100% household electrification by December 2018, which poses a plethora of challenges including tight timelines, increased manpower, and national program management. The IIC is also driving significant strategic and structural changes, as REC’s CSR department is transitioning into a new foundation with an ambitious objective of supporting more impactful, long-term and innovative social projects. Finally, the IIC team is proactively supporting REC in the identification of financing opportunities in the Electric Vehicle (EV) eco–system in response to current power sector trends.
The IIC is partnering with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) - a trade union and development nonprofit that works to empower women in India’s informal sector - to undertake a number of initiatives to improve efficiency, sustainability, and impact of a range of SEWA’s programs. The scope of work includes designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation methods to increase the effectiveness of SEWA’s development programming; streamlining program designs and implementation practices to increase the sustainability and scale of SEWA’s most successful programs, with emphasis on financial inclusion, energy, and skilling programs; and improving internal reporting and feedback mechanisms to strengthen program management.
The healthcare project with Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST) of the government of Karnataka is in its second year of operations. The IIC team, through its partnership with SAST seeks to forge innovative interventions for ensuring a seamless public service delivery and for increasing the organizational efficacy in ensuring effective implementation of the initiatives of the government. For the same, IIC SAST team is focusing on implementation of the recently announced Universal Health Coverage (UHC) initiative by the Government of Karnataka through its scheme, Arogya Bhagya. The scheme is designed to cover all the 14 million households as beneficiaries who can avail free medical assistance. The IIC will facilitate the implementation of Arogya Bhagya through their expertise in Policy Advisory, Data Analytics, Strategy Consulting, and Project Management.
IIC has partnered in a consortium with the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and Ernst & Young (EY) in a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded project called "Sampoorna Swachhta Sankalp(S3)". The consortium is working closely with Government of Andhra Pradesh by providing technical support in terms of research and policy design, as well as operational support to implement sanitation practices across 110 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the state. Simultaneously, it extends direct support to ULBs of three riverside "pilot towns" in Andhra Pradesh's West Godavari District in implementing a number of sanitation improvements with special focus on Faecal Sludge Management.
IIC has partnered with Water Conservation Department of Government of Maharashtra to desilt 31,459 minor dams across the state. An IIC team is currently working as a Program Management Unit for this dam desilting scheme called Galmukt Dharan Galyukt Shivaar that aims to create water security and enhance farmer’s income. The policy was recently launched in the month of May 2017 for which the IIC team is now providing overall program implementation support with a focus on creating context-appropriate program design, implementing awareness campaign, developing guidelines, and designing the necessary infrastructure for monitoring and evaluation. The project is continuously guided by collaborative efforts between NGOs, CSRs/philanthropists, experts and government, and apart from the government.
IIIC has partnered with the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) to support an ongoing liquid waste management project which addresses public health and environmental risks resulting from the indiscriminate disposal of untreated fecal waste as well as industrial waste or waste from agricultural run-offs in towns and cities that abut rivers and large water bodies. The project will develop a network of water quality sensors to measure pollution data in real time over multiple locations and days for a given body of water. Such geo-tagged and time-stamped data will be curated on an open access platform to make data visualizations available to all for ease of understanding.