Smarinita Shetty

Smarinita Shetty Profile

Smarinita is co-founder and CEO at IDR. She has more than 20 years of experience leading functions across strategy, operations, sales and business development, largely in startup environments within corporates and social enterprises. 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. Her work and opinion have been featured in The Economist, Times of India, Mint and The Economic Times. Smarinita has a BE in Computer Engineering and an MBA in Finance, both from Mumbai University.


Articles by Smarinita Shetty


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.
People taking water from well_PTI

September 16, 2020
Where does the water in a well come from?
In the water sector, the focus on fixing demand and supply is taking us away from the real problem: Unnoticed groundwater dependencies in ever-expanding urban India.
Rajendra singh waterman of India_Illustration: Aditya Krishnamurthy

July 16, 2020
IDR Interviews | Rajendra Singh
‘Waterman of India’, Rajendra Singh, shares insights on how the availability of water improves all aspects of life in India, and why the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to bring about a revolution in the country.
Vijay Mahajan-social entrepreneur_development sector_ Illustration: Aditya Krishnamurthy

April 30, 2020
IDR Interviews | Vijay Mahajan
Known for his pathbreaking work in the development sector, Vijay Mahajan talks about inequality, the direction our society is headed in, and how the ‘idea of India’ cannot be realised by the state alone.
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February 20, 2020
“Prepare to be surprised”
Iqbal Dhaliwal, Global Executive Director of J-PAL shares important lessons he has learned over years of working with governments.
illustration-bezwada wilson-profileIllustration: Aditya Krishnamurthy

January 23, 2020
IDR Interviews | Bezwada Wilson
A lifelong crusader against manual scavenging, Bezwada Wilson talks about building a Dalit-led grassroots movement to liberate the community from this practice.
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