IIC's projects cut across a variety of development challenges in India.
Our teams have worked on critical development areas that include education, energy and environment, skills and development, heath and social innovation.
In partnership with Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a Government of India-owned corporation under the Ministry of Science & Technology, an IIC team expanded the use of solar technologies to promote green electrification across India. The team implemented village-level solar powered micro-grids and metering technologies to fashion a workable renewable energy solution for rural environments. The team also developed standards for renewable energy use in green-field cities, akin to LEED standards. Learn more about the IIC-CEL project via Twitter.
In partnership with the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC), a Government of India-owned corporation under the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, an IIC team contributed to the design of a viable charter city outside Delhi to serve as a model for the 24 new cities that India is planning in the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. The team focused on developing a streamlined regulatory process for opening businesses to improve ease of doing business. They also worked on on marketing and attracting potential anchor tenants to the city.
In partnership with the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC), a public-private partnership dedicated to promote skilling in India, an IIC team aimed to establish vocational training and jobs creation programs in the textiles sector, the third-largest sector in India by employment. The team worked with several organizations across various states to establish standards for training centers. Furthermore, they fostered partnerships between employers and job training companies in an effort to create an online labor information exchange database, matching workers with jobs in their respective sectors. Learn more about the IIC-NSDC project on their website or via Facebook and Twitter.
In partnership with the School Education Departments of the Government of Rajasthan, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Boston Consulting Group, Bodh Shiksha Samiti and Learning Links Foundation, an IIC team improved operations and implementation of the State Initiative for Quality Education (SIQE) and 'Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation' (CCE) standards. This included creating data analytics tools that measured training feedback, maximizing community engagement in School Development and Management Committees (SDMCs), and vastly improving teacher attendance tracking and transfer processes.
In partnership with the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) and Tata Trusts, an IIC team worked on a number of initiatives related to energy regulation and consumption. The team focused primarily on the installation of solar-powered water pumps to increase rural energy and water access as well as energy dashboards that provided the state government with real-time data from which to design energy delivery and regulation systems. All of this was done in conjunction with the implementation of robust environmental protections.
In partnership with Millennium Alliance (MA), an IIC team helped to identify and support game changing innovations from Indian entrepreneurs. Through administrative reforms, the team aimed to improve the grant experience for awardees and facilitate more efficient use of organizational processes and systems. MA is led by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Technology Development Board (TDB), the Department for International Development (DFID), and others.
In partnership with Tata Trusts and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, an IIC team worked to improve conditions for urban sanitation workers in Mumbai. Workers in the city face conditions that are unsafe, undignified, and inhumane, and the team aimed to use behavioral insights and human-centered design in order to alleviate these issues. The team ultimately piloted technological solutions and behavioral changes to reduce manual interventions in in five different areas of waste management.
In partnership with the Government of Haryana’s School Education Department, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Boston Consulting Group, an IIC team helped implement Haryana's Quality Improvement Program (QIP). Focusing on improvements in administrative school support, the team greatly increased the efficiency and efficacy of teacher training programs and attendance tracking systems, bolstered internet connectivity, and optimized data collection in pursuit of the state's educational goals.
In partnership with the Irrigation and Command Area Development Department (ICADD) of the government of Telangana, an IIC team worked to improve bottom-up management of irrigation tanks as the government prepared to transition ownership of these tanks to local communities. The team helped these agricultural communities by developing the local management infrastructure to ensure proper tank maintenance and fair distribution of resources. The team also helped to educate farmers on the benefits of diversifying crops and connecting with alternative markets to sell goods at more competitive rates.
In partnership with Karnataka's Department of Health and Family Welfare, an IIC team worked to improve outcomes and operations of insurance schemes within the state's public health insurance portfolio. Along with improving general operational efficiency, the team helped manage convergence of several health insurance schemes under a single umbrella program, used claims data analysis to identify and prevent health fraud, and increased awareness among citizens of available health benefits.
ASCI ANDHRA PRADESH
In partnership with the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), an IIC team helped implement state and local sanitation improvement efforts in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Some of the team's achievements included helping to open the state's first Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant, conducting research for and codifying best practices in sludge and sewage management in local urban communities, and creating strategies for increasing community involvement in all sanitation projects.
This project was a continuation of IIC's former work in Rajasthan in 2015-2016. The IIC team in Rajasthan continued to work to build the capacity of the education department to make data-informed decisions and to improve learning level outcomes across the state. Some of the team's achievements included creating a portal for connecting CSR donors to infrastructure projects, increasing Aadhar enrollment among students to improve scholarship outcomes, developing a tracking system for litigation involving the government, and piloting large-scale training programs for members of local School Management Committees (SMCs) across the state.
RAJASTHAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
IIC's projects in Rajasthan touched upon critical themes in the area of education and governance. Focus areas for these projects spanned 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 worked with Gray Matters India (GMI), an educational assessments social enterprise, to develop a communications and business strategy. Conducting assessments is critical for implementing effective education interventions and the IIC team positioned GMI to emerge as a thought leader in this industry. The project work included reviewing and analyzing GMI’s extensive collection of data, making its education insights and knowledge public, and telling stories that emerge through data with reports and events. The team also created 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 worked towards the launch of Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. The IIC’s work included 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.
NITI AAYOG ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
The Government of India in collaboration with the International Innovation Corps is undertook a project to build a national language processing platform that can provide AI applications with APIs/open source libraries. The goal was 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.
WATER TO CLOUD
IIC 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 is developing 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.