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Not just skin deep: The beauty industry’s deep roots in livelihoods and empowerment 

Nothing quite captures the entrepreneurial spirit of India like the booming beauty and wellness sector. From the outside, it is easy to be dismissive of the beauty industry — it …

Impact at Scale #12 | Taking up community outreach at scale

The Accredited Social Health Activists were the heroes of our pandemic response. There are nearly a million (10.47 lakh) ASHA workers in India. Their work in the field makes the …

Strengthening preventive healthcare for migrant workers: Perspectives from Bengaluru rural district

Hindsight is always 20/20. Looking back on two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are a few lessons about our public healthcare system that are very clear.  While our three-tier …

Digitizing Healthcare: How Thane’s Covid Care Centre is leading by example

After the fintech revolution, digitised healthcare is set to be the next big change in our public systems. A digital healthcare system includes telemedicine, mobile health apps, government supported electronic …

Impact at Scale #11 | Importance of soft skill training for our youth and working professionals 

How do you teach people how to express themselves? How do we convince organisations that communication skills are important?  The digital divide or gap in learning levels in the population …

Pushing vocational education towards vernacular learning

It has taken a while, but the mountain has finally come to Mohammed.  For decades, we have seen the aspirational allure of English up close. But the shift towards vernacular …

Impact at Scale #10 | Getting more women into the workforce

By now, we are all familiar with the symptoms of the dwindling women in India’s workforce as reported in the press: India has the lowest ever number of working women …

Impact at Scale #9 | Scaling the presence of women in India’s manufacturing sector

One of the most enduring images of European women factory workers continues to be from the Second World War. ‘Rosie the riveter’ and ‘Ruby Loftus’ might have been a part …

Deafening silence on the conditions of the workers migrating back to the cities

Reports reveal that about significant percentage of workers who had reverse-migrated, in the wake of the pandemic lockdown, have returned to the cities or wish to do so. The reason …

Education has solved for access. It’s time we worked towards making it relevant

As a country, it has taken us a while to get warmed up to vocational education. After Independence, India’s education policies have solved for access. With nearly 15 lakh schools …

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