From entrepreneurship to education, the IIC's 2018-2019 projects touch on a range of key development priority areas. The projects launched in September of 2018.
Rajasthan Department of Education
IIC's projects in Rajasthan touch upon critical themes in the area of education and governance. Focus areas for these projects span across revamping teacher trainings by introducing easy-to-access digital infrastructure, increasing access to and quality of early childhood education, infrastructure financing, and a comprehensive system-wide transformation for primary education in the state. The intervention strategies for all IIC's projects have been co-created with key stakeholders ensuring high government buy-in. The team has also embedded solid governance structures within each project to ensure their sustainability by establishing clear inter-departmental communication.
Education Social Enterprise
The IIC is working with Gray Matters India (GMI), an educational assessments social enterprise, to develop communications and business strategy. Conducting assessments is critical for implementing effective education interventions and the IIC team is positioning GMI to emerge as a thought leader in this industry. The project work includes reviewing and analyzing GMI’s extensive collection of data, making public its education insights and knowledge, and telling stories that emerge through data with reports and events. The team is also putting in place systems for sustainable content production, conducting company identity building exercises and contributing to product development research and strategy.
National Health Authority (NHA)
The IIC team at NHA is working towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan, the largest public health insurance scheme in the world. The IIC’s work includes facilitation of hospital empanelment, capacity building, and Information Technology between NHA and the various States; IEC activities – developing and reviewing IEC material for launch of scheme; monitoring and evaluation, including cost benefit analysis for improved IT systems and monitoring of the overall health of the Transaction Management Module.
Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Health (WISH)
The IIC team assisting WISH is developing an M&E system for Public Health Centers that WISH manages for Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Government. The team will design an architecture for an M&E system that integrates data from multiple government datasets (HMIS, NDSP, NFHS, etc.) along with local data (from PHCs), ensuring quality data & robust architecture that allows for beneficiaries to be tracked across geographies, levels and health systems.
NITI Aayog Artificial Intelligence
The Government of India in collaboration with the International Innovation Corps is undertaking a project to build a national language processing platform that can provide AI applications with APIs/open source libraries. The goal is to build the infrastructure required to enable businesses, non-profits and government departments to bring their AI-powered products & services to all citizens, in as many languages as possible. This platform will create a repository for AI-developers to create multi-lingual solutions, easily & efficiently.
Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)
IIC is working with SEWA to create a process of empowerment of women in the informal economy through a systematic intervention to create sustainable social enterprises, which are either scalable or replicable across different geographies. We will do this by working closely with a maximum of six social enterprises, over five years, across three states: Bihar, Delhi and Gujarat.This will be supplemented by a learning hub to document our work in this area over the last few decades, build systems to draw insights across the vast and different SEWA institutions, and rigorously study this specific intervention with the social enterprises. The learning hub will aim to answer some of the larger questions for women’s collectives around the world today.
Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) India Platform
SEWA and International Innovation Corps at the University of Chicago propose to create a national platform with the aim of bringing together relevant stakeholders to advance the discourse on women’s economic empowerment in India. The vision of the platform is to foster intersectoral collaboration/communication and work towards developing a clear and feasible path for accelerating economic empowerment of women in the informal sector in India. Understanding that the needs and problems of such a diverse workforce of women in the informal sector are as varied as the barriers and constraints they face, the twin objectives of the platform will be to enable recognition and visibility of these workers through the measurement of drivers of economic empowerment. Partners on this platform include UN Women, ICRW and ISST. The initial topics of advocacy identified by the partners is digital dividends for WEE. A workshop comprising of representatives from World Bank, UN Women, ICRW, Facebook, University of Chicago, Google among others has been organized in October as a start to identifying opportunities that exist in for informal workers using technology.
Water to Cloud
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.
IDFC Institute Engagement
The IIC is engaging with the IDFC Institute, a think-do tank working on solving development challenges in close coordination with various ministries using their research capabilities. The IIC is partnering with IDFC Institute to support them with implementation of projects in the urbanization vertical, for example, with partners such as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for the Smart Cities project and the Bombay Municipal Corporation.
NHA Innovation Unit
National Health Authority has been supported by an IIC team for designing and managing an in-house Innovation Unit (NIU). The NIU aims to be the leading arm of NHA in harnessing partnerships with public and private sector to focus on bettering the health service delivery of Ayushman Bharat PMJAY. In addition, the NIU will also focus on creating an enabling ecosystem for start-ups to scale and thrive. The primary areas of work for the NIU are - crafting a framework that engages the NHA and various other stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem to create maximum impact for PMJAY, identifying the promising innovations and the types of support needed for their growth, facilitating a dedicated structure to test, validate and scale innovations within a closed feedback loop system, and creating a robust knowledge and data sharing mechanism for innovators.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare - eHealth
The IIC team at MoHFW is working with the Joint Secretary (eHealth) to look at the digital interventions in health. There are a lot of applications that support the Public Healthcare system of India. These applications are capable of capturing rich data on the patients and thus provide an opportunity to add tremendous value in healthcare policy making. The team is currently working with the department of eHealth to identify key opportunities in priority applications and activate their data systems to solve current bottlenecks and develop intelligent solutions.