Panel Discussion: Social Impact – The Future of Non-profit India


HBS - Aldrich Hall 111 February 12, 2017 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

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Aparna Hegde
Arun Nalavadi
Hisham Mundol
Safeena Husain

India Conference at Harvard Business School Agenda

  1. Is traditional grantmaking broken? If yes, what can we do to fix it?
    • How has the Indian fundraising space evolved over the last decade? What is working and what is not?
    • Is impact investing delivering results yet? What has your experience been?
    • How do you measure the effectiveness of social impact bonds, pay for success models, and other market-based funding instruments?
  1. Innovation is key, but pointless without scale
    • How are funders spurring innovation in solutions on the ground and indeed in funding strategies?
    • How are non-profits working with the government to achieve scale? How has the equation changed over the years?
  1. Unless the development sector tell their story more clearly, it will be an uphill battle to get governments and communities to understand and support
    • How can NGOs distill their work into insights that the general public and policy makers can understand?
    • What can NGOs do to get their message out there?
  1. Percentage of overheads equation is myopic
    • How do non-profits negotiate with funders to obtain non-programmatic funding?
    • Do funders need to change their mind?
  1. Looking forward
    • What are the top two priorities for our panelists as they think about changing the face of the Indian social impact space over a 5-year horizon? What is needed in the short-term and long-term?