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To bribe or not to bribe? | Ghazanfar Iqbal
Social entrepreneur Ghazanfar Iqbal talks about a time in his life when he had to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right, and how this decision turned his life upside down.
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How the social sector thinks about tech is wrong
Here’s what donors, nonprofits, and intermediary organisations should be thinking about to better integrate tech into social sector work.
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“Listen to young people and learn from them”
A day in the life of a trainer at a nonprofit in Nagaland, who equips young people in this emerging economy with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.
by Tsepila Zhimomi | 5 min read
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Teacher shortages: A problem of distribution or scarcity?
The shortage of teachers in government schools can be addressed by allocating existing resources more effectively.
by Mashhood Alam Bhat | 6 min read
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Universal principles to drive behaviour change
There is more common ground between the private and nonprofit sectors than we imagine. Insights from frontline teams reveal shared principles that can amplify impact.

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Frontline workers and first responders share their insights from working at the grassroots.


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“Listen to young people and learn from them”
A day in the life of a trainer at a nonprofit in Nagaland, who equips young people in this emerging economy with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.
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Yes, we will give you the money
A day in the life of a fundraising professional who helps mobilise money for a nonprofit from a wide range of funders.
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Battling HIV and stigma in Mizoram
A day in the life of a caregiver who is working with HIV positive pregnant women, and is destigmatising the disease in Mizoram.


Social change leaders chronicle their failures and lessons learnt.

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To bribe or not to bribe? | Ghazanfar Iqbal
Social entrepreneur Ghazanfar Iqbal talks about a time in his life when he had to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right, and how this decision turned his life upside down.
Failure Files podcast written on a dark blue background and an illustration of a person watering a bit F in the ground
To fail is to have dared | Rohini Nilekani
Philanthropist, author, and former journalist Rohini Nilekani speaks to India Development Review (IDR) co-founder and CEO, Smarinita Shetty, on why failure needs to be underwritten in the social sector, and how philanthropists must develop more patience and create a space that normalises failure in the context of nonprofit work.
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Assume less, prepare more
Learning the importance of strategy and communication when planning for scale.


Conversations with visionaries on their life's work, and their efforts to challenge the status quo in our country.


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  • “Listen to young people and learn from them”
    A day in the life of a trainer at a nonprofit in Nagaland, who equips young people in this emerging economy with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

    Teacher shortages: A problem of distribution or scarcity?
    The shortage of teachers in government schools can be addressed by allocating existing resources more effectively.

    EdTech in India: No checks in place
    As online learning becomes the new normal, the quality of content across EdTech platforms in India remains untested. What needs to change?


    To bribe or not to bribe? | Ghazanfar Iqbal
    Social entrepreneur Ghazanfar Iqbal talks about a time in his life when he had to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right, and how this decision turned his life upside down.

    “Listen to young people and learn from them”
    A day in the life of a trainer at a nonprofit in Nagaland, who equips young people in this emerging economy with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

    To fail is to have dared | Rohini Nilekani
    Philanthropist, author, and former journalist Rohini Nilekani speaks to India Development Review (IDR) co-founder and CEO, Smarinita Shetty, on why failure needs to be underwritten in the social sector, and how philanthropists must develop more patience and create a space that normalises failure in the context of nonprofit work.

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  • How the social sector thinks about tech is wrong
    Here’s what donors, nonprofits, and intermediary organisations should be thinking about to better integrate tech into social sector work.

    Universal principles to drive behaviour change
    There is more common ground between the private and nonprofit sectors than we imagine. Insights from frontline teams reveal shared principles that can amplify impact.

    ‘Who determines what impact matters most?’
    By incorporating participatory research into their programme evaluations, nonprofits can challenge inequality while also building more inclusive organisations.