Through ImpactFirst, Dasra aims to inspire accountability and foster convergence between key stakeholders, towards achieving measurable outcomes such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
Considering its size and population, India has a critical role to play in achieving the SDGs. If India does not achieve these, the world will also be unable to do so. The seriousness, scale and complexity of India’s problems - from rising inequality to climate change - call for collaborative action and to invest in outcome-led solutions to transform lives. It is the empathy and powerful intent of each of the stakeholders that will together drive us to transform lives.
The India Philanthropy Series is an initiative to highlight trends and inspiring stories of giving in India. It is an exciting joint initiative between Dasra and the Gates Foundation that feature conversations with 23 inspiring individuals across Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. By showcasing the philanthropic journeys of some of the most generous, strategic and innovative philanthropists in India – we hope to inspire an increase in both giving and smarter giving. What makes the India Philanthropy Series unique is the fact that it has some of India’s leading philanthropists speaking candidly about their personal giving journeys, challenges overcome, lessons learned and thoughts on philanthropy in India. These stories are presented through a combination of profiles and a series of videos around prominent themes in philanthropy (such as collaboration, giving as a family, leveraging business for philanthropy, the evolution of philanthropy in India and giving to unconventional causes
About half of India still has no access to toilets – and for those that do, the treatment of human waste remains a challenge – according to government estimates, 70% of sewage generated in urban India is untreated. 37.7 million Indians are affected by water-borne diseases annually; and poor water quality leads to the deaths of an estimated 500,000 children each year. The impact is deep – according to the World Bank, India loses 6.4% of its GDP due to the costs of inadequate sanitation. While it is critical to eliminate open defecation through construction of toilets, encouraged by Swachh Bharat Mission, there is also a dire need to focus on what happens to waste that is generated from toilets which can lead to pollution and contamination. It is therefore critical to focus on a value chain for sanitation, which looks at containment, transport and treatment and reuse of toilet waste. Dasra is working with over 60 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WSH) organisations funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to showcase the best practices in sanitation across the sanitation value chain. These organisations are finding innovative solutions to insufficient systems of containment, transportation, treatment and reuse of toilet waste, using innovative technologies, financing mechanisms and community engagement. This is the way we need to reimagine our future - where waste is never wasted and nor are lives.