More than 350 participants from the government, businesses, civil society and think tanks convened in the city today to attend Catalysing Social Impact 2019, a unique forum to solve complex societal problems aiding acceleration of social change and attainment of results for vulnerable communities.
Conceptualised by Catalyst Management Services (CMS) and supported by Swasti and Ashraya Hastha Trust, the forum incorporated a collective learning, collaboration and knowledge exchange around four tracks or Solution Circles: Transform 4 Scale, Innovative Financing, #TechTonic and Social Behaviour Change.
On August 29th and 30th, participation from a multidisciplinary team of leaders working with Amul, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, World Bank, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Godrej, Ford Foundation, Shell Foundation, Levis, Marks & Spencer’s, Nokia Siemens will convene in Bengaluru to engage in active discussions in their respective Solution Circles. Although participants from the Solution Circles will be meeting virtually over nine months, then in person, Face to Face (F2F) forum in August is a chance for them to meet in-person. During this time participants will be affirming long-term support for improving access and outcome around chosen thematic tracks.
Since many societal problems are complex, they either are slow to change or have solutions that have failed to scale. Knowledge sharing and constant engagement through innovation constitute newer opportunities that have the potential to bring about societal change. Each of the four Solution Circles focuses on 2-3 threads and each thread works with real life use cases.
While the forum largely focuses on India and its socio-economic issues, the participants and the benefit of expected outcomes will not be limited to India as solutions can be contextualised to other social development issues around the world. This forum is ideated by Catalyst Management Services (CMS) in partnership with sectoral players who would like to see large scale social impact in a sustainable and cost-effective way.
The results of the forum will be solutions in practise – pilots, frameworks, whitepapers, product, tools and other practical solutions to real life problems, as decided by Solution Circle participants. All outputs will be widely available online through the Creative Commons – an open source repository of intellectual property for common public good. Through this forum, CMS hopes to improve the lives of poor and marginalised communities by solving their problems. Going forward, each year, CMS will aim to bring together the best among the doers, thinkers and investors to solve at least 10 different problems and taking them to scale, through committed partners.
About Catalyst Management Services (CMS)
CMS is a partner in creating social impact, guaranteeing results through development solutions and investments. Their commitment to sustainable development leads them to invest in ideas, individuals and institutions, creating shared value and maximizing social returns. CMS’s solutions range from Design (strategy and planning), Evidence (research, evaluation and insights), Monitoring (systems, accountability and performance) and Learning systems (accretion and application). They bridge worlds by creating partnerships across a spectrum of development actors – communities and their institutions, program implementers/ practitioners, financiers, policy influencers, researchers, networks, coalitions and platforms. Since 1994, CMS has worked across 30+ countries and is headquartered in India.
Swasti is the Health Catalyst that strives for 100 million ‘well’thy days for vulnerable communities. Swasti was founded in 2004 as a springboard from where innovative solutions are developed, adapted or scaled to create transformative changes in the lives of the poorest communities. Swasti believes people must be at the centre of health systems for it to effectively work for the poor. To add ‘well’thy days to the lives of the world’s poor by 2030, the global multi-disciplinary team co-designs demonstrable and scalable solutions models in partnership with communities the ground and influences policies nationally and internationally. Swasti has varied expertise, from public health to financing and management to design – across sectors of health, worker well-being, WASH, social protection and gender – provide comprehensive and integrated solutions to achieve community health and wellbeing.
About Ashraya Hastha Trust
Ashraya Hastha Trust is a non-profit Trust founded in May 2000 by Maj (Retd) S. Nanjundiah at Bangalore with the following founding Trustees – Mr Dinesh K and Mrs. Asha Dinesh, with the primary purpose of helping the poor and needy, mainly in the areas of Education and Rural Health Care. The couple’s humble family background inspired the trust to extend necessary help to other humanitarian purposes in the field of education by providing financial assistance to deserving economically backward students, education of specially-abled students, infrastructure, etc. With the passage of time, Mr & Mrs. Dineshs' daughters Mrs. Divya and Ms. Deeksha also became the trustees and gave a boost to the act of empowering people.
The goodwill started at their home state of Karnataka and has now proudly flourished across the country touching many lives/beneficiaries in association with various communities and NGOs. The trust has provided multi-dimensional support to the NGOs and communities across the nation under the broad umbrella of wellness to all being in rural & urban locations in India. The vision of the trust has expanded with the inclusion of the daughters who choose to share the responsibility of trusteeship, covering animal welfare and holistic wellbeing of individual with the prime focus on mental wellbeing. Their expertise in solving the social problems in an innovative and inclusive way persuaded the family to add Social Incubation along with the Trust.
In the past decade, the meaningful collaboration of the trust with NGOs has brought a significant social impact in the lives of beneficiaries. The experience gained by spending nearly 2 decades in this sector has attuned us to the needs of the community.