Dasra has been working with philanthropists, corporates and foundations to address some of India’s critical development challenges in education, healthcare, livelihood, sanitation and women’s empowerment. To this effect Dasra held its third annual forum in the US on 10 December 2016. The objective of the event was to discuss India's urgent developmental challenges, and illustrate through stories and examples how individuals can participate in driving change in India.
Building on past successful forums in NYC (2014) and Stanford (2015), the Dasra Philanthropy Forum (DPF): Houston brought together over 100 accomplished philanthropists and leading Indian social entrepreneurs to share best practices in philanthropy and effective models for social change, as well as provide unique opportunities to build networks, forge partnerships and discover ways for diaspora and individuals who want to make a greater and more meaningful impact in India.
Panels and conversations with esteemed speakers like Peggy Dulany centered around themes such as practices and partnerships in philanthropy and learning about innovative solutions by some of India’s top non-profits working to end child marriage, improve maternal and child health through technology innovations, and maximize India’s demographic dividend through vocational education in schools.