Just one year after the Indian Philanthropy Forum launched, it was exciting to see a real shift in the dialogue among the attendees at the second annual event on 29 June in Mumbai. Last year philanthropists were exposed to some wonderful social entrepreneurs and left the forum inspired by some incredible frontline work. This year they were hungry for a deeper approach, and panels included academics and sector experts who looked in greater depth at public-private partners and policy.
Another new dialogue was that between generations of philanthropists. The audience heard stories from parent-child duos including the Kotharis (Hemendra and Aditi, both with DSP Blackrock − pictured) and the Jindals (Sangita, JSW Group, and Tanvi, Teach for India fellow).
From a thematic point of view, ‘the poor man’s disease’ (TB) and ‘the silent epidemic’ (malnutrition) were unpacked in discussions that highlighted the economic impact on the country of both these somewhat hidden issues. The forum was either supported by or addressed by company CEOs (Bain, Britannia, Future Group, Barclays, Monitor etc), foundation leaders (GAIN, TB Alliance, Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, Acumen Fund, Bernard van Leer Foundation etc) and family foundations including the Godrejs and the Piramals.
Other subjects included impact investing and the challenges of market-based solutions, and Rohini Nilekani opened the day with a discussion on women in philanthropy. The forum also saw the launch of two new reports: Bain’s update of the India Philanthropy Report and Dasra’s Nourishing our Future, a survey of malnutrition in urban slums with recommendations for interventions.
To read the reports
For the India Philanthropy Report 2011, visit the Bain & Company website: http://tinyurl.com/bainreport
For Nourishing our Future, visit http://www.dasra.org/health
To read Aditi Kothari’s report on the Indian Philanthropy Forum event, visit http://philanthropynews.alliancemagazine.org/?p=805