Philanthropists, investors, firms and NGOs confer at the Million Jobs Mission conclave organized by Social Ventures Partners
Philanthropists, investors, representatives from the corporate social responsibility (CSR) wings of top companies and non-government organizations (NGOs) came together at a forum to discuss collaborations that could create employment for the millions who enter the labour market every year.
The occasion was Million Jobs Mission conclave organized by Social Ventures Partners (SVP), a non-profit organization. “Job creation in India is such a huge need that it is never enough. The kind of growth we have had hasn’t made for a lot of jobs. Employment in informal sector doesn’t count for jobs largely because there is no health insurance or guarantee of continuity of their jobs. That’s why most data related to jobs is misleading,” said Kiran Karnik, former president of NASSCOM, the software and services industry lobby group.
SVP, a network of philanthropists, is collaborating with partners to create livelihoods, connecting these partners with people who can fund them, and guiding them to help them scale up.
“Scaling up is important. There are many pilots by industry, government and NGOs. But scaling often becomes a challenge and SVP is trying to do that,” Karnik said.
A total of 15 partners attended the conclave in Delhi to present their work to the CSR representatives and investors at the conclave.
Ravi Venkatesan, chairman of SVP India, said, “Collective and collaborative action is the key. CSR mandate will be an extraordinary enabler for us. We have heads of CSR from nearly 40 companies like Google, Facebook, Vodafone, Godrej, Axis Bank Foundation, among several others, attending the conclave. They also have a challenge – who do they give their 2% CSR spending to in a good impactful way. They are also looking for ideas.”
CSR rules require that companies with a net worth of Rs500 crore or revenue of Rs1,000 crore or net profit of Rs5 crore spend 2% of their average profit in the last three years on social development-related activities.
In 2015, SVP set a target of creating one million livelihoods in five years. So far, it has made a difference to about 15,000 people by working closely with some of the NGOs, across sectors.
It has worked, for instance, with Jagruti Seva Sanstha (JSS), a Pune-based NGO that trains underprivileged women in nursing and places them across government hospitals. Prior to the collaboration with SVP, JSS trained 25 women in a year to create livelihood in the paramedical sector.
“The collaboration helped us scale up to 500 nurse aids this year, and we hope to train 1,000 next year,” said Narendra Goidani of JSS.
Another NGO called Vrutti runs farmer producers organisations and agriculture enterprise facilitation centres and is guided by SVP on strategic transformation, to help farmers earn a better livelihood.
Similarly, another SVP partner, Atul Satija, founder and CEO of the Nudge Foundation, is working with underprivileged children to determine the level of support they require. “We run a 100-day programme in life management where students go through livelihood training on driving, beauty and data entry specialisations,” Satija said.
Uma Ganesh of the Natarajan Education Society is working closely with SVP to help school dropouts and women from lower income groups. “Through our foundation programme, we help candidates realise their talent by exposing them to several non-academic activities like music and dance and train them accordingly. We are envisioning setting up milestone centres across the country to reach out to 100,000 young people now,” Ganesh said.
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