Smarinita Shetty

Smarinita Shetty Profile

Smarinita is co-founder and CEO at IDR. Prior to IDR, Smarinita worked at Dasra, Monitor Inclusive Markets (now FSG), JP Morgan and The Economic Times. She also co-founded Netscribes–India’s first knowledge process outsourcing firm. Smarinita has a BE in Computer Engineering and an MBA in Finance, both from Mumbai University.


Articles by Smarinita Shetty


Illustration of Aloysius Fernandez-self-help groups

January 13, 2022
IDR Interviews | Aloysius Fernandez
Having pioneered the concept of SHGs, Aloysius Fernandez speaks about his journey over the last several decades, and how building institutions is the beginning of the basis of power for marginalised people.
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December 17, 2021
A crisis is an opportunity to recognise women’s leadership
Prema Gopalan of SSP talks about the role of agriculture in building sustainable livelihoods and the need to build an ecosystem for women to take charge.

November 9, 2021
Out for a duck
four women sitting on chairs on a fabric shop working on stitching clothes in a tailor shop-livelihoods programmes

September 23, 2021
Income shouldn’t be the only measure of livelihoods
When it comes to livelihoods, nonprofits and funders must think beyond income, and invest in community-building, resilience, and self-esteem.
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September 7, 2021
Reflections: Philanthropy in India during COVID-19
Vidya Shah of EdelGive Foundation talks about what funders did and didn’t get right during COVID-19, and what the way forward should be.
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August 10, 2021
When women are celebrated, things change
Chetna Gala Sinha of Mann Deshi talks about why we urgently need an ecosystem that provides access to capital, resources, and support for women micro-entrepreneurs.
oxygen cylinders standing stacked in a warehouse

May 17, 2021
Everyone is funding oxygen. This is a problem.
Media attention on COVID-19 deaths due to a lack of oxygen in big cities has skewed donor priorities. This is impacting relief efforts on the ground.
Rohini-Nilekani-speaking-at-a-CSR-event_Rohini-Nilekani-Philanthropies_ philanthropy

April 16, 2021
To fail is to have dared
Rohini Nilekani on how philanthropy can underwrite social sector failures in practice and what she has learnt from her own failures as an activist philanthropist.
Classroom with school uniform wearing children-development impact bonds

February 4, 2021
“How can finance lead to more sustainable impact?”
Abha Thorat Shah and Saleem Khan of British Asian Trust talk about the appetite for social finance in India and what it takes to build a robust ecosystem around it.
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October 1, 2020
How do you solve for FCRA 2020?
With the introduction of the FCRA Amendment 2020, certain types of nonprofits, local offices of INGOs, and international donor organisations will have to revisit their operating models.
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