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India’s children deserve a solid foundation

Vikram Jain and Sana Kazi 12 October 2017

India has made remarkable progress towards universalizing primary education, but learning outcomes are poor. Current efforts to address poor learning outcomes focus on improving primary education but ignore the preschool years. But, the preschool years …


The importance of partnerships to bridge disconnects within India’s education system

Elizabeth Mehta 11 October 2017

Before founding Muktangan, I had spent 35 years working in diverse roles in education across India, and had identified many disconnects in mainstream teacher and school education. 1.) There was minimal systemic connection between teacher …


Goodbye crown meddling; hello Māori decolonizing development

Rucha Chitnis 9 October 2017

One might mistake Otaki as a sleepy seaside town in the bucolic Kapiti Coast District of the North Island of New Zealand. That assumption would be wrong. Otaki is alive and kicking after nearly two …

Why crowdfunding is important for philanthropy to support

India Development Review 8 September 2017

Sometime in 2013, Bill Gates said, ‘Philanthropy should be taking much bigger risks than business [and] if these are easy problems, business and government can come in and solve them.’ Think risk While most philanthropists …

Asia’s social economy heats up 

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

The social economy will be crucial if Asia’s projected economic growth is to be distributed to reduce rather than increase present inequalities. The Asia Development Bank calculates that by 2050, the rise in the continent’s per capita income could make ‘some …

Bringing Indian foundations and governments closer  

Dasra 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Today, there are more and more non-profits, government agencies, philanthropic institutions and businesses addressing a range of critical social problems across the globe. However, the potential of collaborations between these stakeholders remains under–utilized.   In India, …

Nothing about us without us – philanthropy’s diversity challenge

Sumitra Mishra and Angela Seay 5 September 2017

This issue of Alliance investigates philanthropy’s diversity predicament. How can philanthropy do the most good if it doesn’t reflect the society it seeks to serve? Our guest editors, Sumitra Mishra and Angela Seay, ask some hard …

Indonesian philanthropy must embrace the country’s diversity 

Kamala Chandrakirana 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

For Indonesia, ‘unity in diversity’ has necessarily been a core principle of nation building and the capacity to manage diversity a matter of survival. With a population of 250 million, Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority …

Feminist philanthropy comes to South Asia 

Tulika Srivastava 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

For decades, the donor-grantee power relationship has been skewed. Those who ‘give’ have power over those who ‘receive’. This is even more pronounced in south Asia where the state, donors based in the global north and corporate foundations dominate. It is crucial, therefore, that women’s funds in particular are challenging the current politics of aid as well as the status quo that exists …

Interview: Priya Paul

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Indian businesswoman and philanthropist, Priya Paul is chair of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels and a director of Apeejay Surrendra Group, the family business led by her father Surrendra Paul until his death in 1990. As …