Governance in India

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“Unless ‘we’ step up to create a robust governance framework – working in close collaboration with the government – the transient benefits of other philanthropic interventions in education, healthcare, sanitation will be frittered away.”

 – Ajay Piramal,
Chairman, Piramal Group

“Unless ‘we’ step up to create a robust governance framework – working in close collaboration with the government – the transient benefits of other philanthropic interventions in education, healthcare, sanitation will be frittered away.”

 – Ajay Piramal,
Chairman, Piramal Group

WHY INVEST IN GOVERNANCE?

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Governance Matters

“Addressing governance issues is important because whichever silo you work in, be it education, microfinance, sanitation, food or health, you would eventually hit the governance deficit. The reason we don’t have equity and stability is because somewhere our governance failures catch up with us.”

 - Rohini Nilekani, 
Philanthropist and Author

Even after nearly seven decades of independence, India continues to lag on all aspects of human development. We still battle economic cyclicality, weak infrastructure, a challenging business environment, poor education and health outcomes. 

For India to realize its full potential, and achieve its  social and economic goals, we need to strengthen its core – our governance architecture, made up of the legislature, executive and judiciary. Because when these foundational structures are designed and made to work well, it can be the axis on which a nation can turn its fortunes around.

Here are some examples:

Health Education Livelihoods
Despite having the second largest number of trained doctors in the world, 200 children under age 5 die every hour in India. Despite having a Right to Education Act that guarantees free and compulsory education for all children aged 6-14, six million children in India still do not go to school. NREGA – the world’s largest social security program – has been able to provide less than 50 days of employment compared to the guarantee of a 100 days.
When governance is improved by just one standard deviation, infant mortality declines by two-thirds. In Madhya Pradesh, decentralized governance has increased the probability of a child completing grade 5 by 21% – against 5% nationally. Utilization of NREGA funds increased by 25% once payment methods were made more reliable and transparent.
Health
Despite having the second largest number of trained doctors in the world, 200 children under age 5 die every hour in India.
When governance is improved by just one standard deviation, infant mortality declines by two-thirds.
Education
Despite having a Right to Education Act that guarantees free and compulsory education for all children aged 6-14, six million children in India still do not go to school.
In Madhya Pradesh, decentralized governance has increased the probability of a child completing grade 5 by 21% – against 5% nationally.
Livelihoods
NREGA – the world’s largest social security program – has been able to provide less than 50 days of employment compared to the guarantee of a 100 days.
Utilization of NREGA funds increased by 25% once payment methods were made more reliable and transparent.

WHAT THE
GOVERNANCE
COLLABORATIVE
DOES?

The government cannot nation-build in isolation – it also needs civil society and the private sector to step in. If we are to leapfrog development in India through governance, we each have a role to play – vote, be better informed, fund a game-changing program, collaborate with others, strengthen government efforts.

Launched in 2014, the Governance Collaborative seeks to do just that. Over the next five years, Dasra will drive USD 7.7 million (INR 50 crore) of Indian funding to this sector to: 
 

  • Create a platform that enhances engagement among diverse stakeholders.
  • Channel greater, more focused resources to strengthen and scale non-profit organizations working on governance.
  • Mainstream the importance of  shifting mindsets and investing in  governance solutions.

   
   

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  • 2research reports published
  • 15thought leadership articles in the MINT, Outlook, NDTV.
  • 28social organizations equipped with management expertise to scale
  • 4500hours in corporate volunteering by Vodafone Foundation
  • 250funders engaged
  • USD2.6million(INR 17 crore) directed to the sector through funders
Research Issue
  • 2research reports published
  • 15thought leadership articles in the MINT, Outlook, NDTV.
Build Organizations
  • 28social organizations equipped with management expertise to scale
  • 4500hours in corporate volunteering by Vodafone Foundation
Give Strategically
  • 250funders engaged
  • USD2.6million(INR 17 crore) directed to the sector through funders

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