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Tanuja Birla Senior Director, Aon India.
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Strengthening communities through CSR: Aon India

I’ve been working in the corporate world for almost 20 years now. While this journey has taught me how to be ‘politically correct’, see ‘shades of grey’ and move in the ‘right circles’, it’s also revealed to me my innate desire to give back to the community. Empowering communities and the underprivileged through the platform of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is where a part of my job satisfaction lies. My main role compr…

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Posted on : March 21, 2016
Sangeeta S. Thakral Head of Communication & marketing
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The double benefits of giving

A common trend is observed in the country during the last quarter of every financial year - the salaried class, upper middle class and elite class rushing to ‘invest’ in charitable causes in order to save tax. While these people stand to benefit from minimising tax deductions, it throws up a philanthropic question – is India ready to give genuinely for the good of the nation, without any strings attached? Perhaps if people were presented…

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Posted on : December 19, 2015
Sangeeta S. Thakral Head of Communication & marketing
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Online Giving Landscape In India: Towards a Paradigm Shift

Over the recent decades, the giving landscape has undergone great change. Online donations have gradually paved their way into the giving scenario and have become an intrinsic part of the life-changing work done by NGOs. The digital sphere now offers an additional platform to the NGO sector for not only increasing engagement with potential donors but also securing funds strategically. The key to raising more money for various causes in India i…

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Posted on : December 15, 2015
Peter ter Weeme Founder, Ethica Strategy
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Raising the Bar on Online Giving in India

It’s no secret that India is undergoing a significant transformation in the charitable/NGO space. This is being driven by a range of factors: the growth of the middle class, the recent “two percent” CSR regulations, more scrutiny of international NGOs by the Centre and, last but not least, the ongoing evolution of technology. Those of us in the voluntary sector know that many charitable organisations in the country are struggling with bu…

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Posted on : September 10, 2015
Vinod Pandey Team Leader- Programs
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An inclusive city begins with not just toilets, but good toilets!

“An inclusive city is one that values all people and their needs equally.”* For any city to be inclusive, there needs to be ‘urine/potty parity’, that is, a sufficient number of toilets for all, including women and disabled citizens. The government, local bodies and agencies responsible for building a city’s infrastructure should consider this very crucial aspect while planning public spaces. The health of a city is inextricably link…

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Posted on : June 23, 2015
Namrata Jaitili Head of Programmes
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The Curse of Child Labour

Children are the greatest gift to humanity and hold the future of our country in their little hands. It’s horrifying that one out of every seven children around the world today is a child labourer. In India, child labour and slavery are still pernicious problems to reckon with. A considerable number of children work in factories, sew our clothes, cobble our shoes, clean our toilets, dig mine and fight wars. And these are just a few occupations …

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Posted on : June 12, 2015
Vinod Pandey Team Leader- Programs
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Menstruation Counts

During my days in school, I had a huge affinity for science, especially biology but could not completely comprehend the concept of the ‘menstrual cycle’. I grew up in a conservative society where ‘menstruation’ and ‘sanitary pads’ have never resonated outside the four walls. Although times have changed now and some of us like to claim that we live in a modern society, yet an extremely vital aspect of a woman’s health is treated as…

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Posted on : June 1, 2015
Namrata Jaitili Head of Programmes
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Road to redemption – Help Nepal rise again

It takes just a few minutes, sometimes seconds, to lose everything in your life – family, friends, property hard-earned investments and sometimes, life itself. More than 7,500 people died in the earthquake in Nepal. To think that the final figure may cross 10,000 shows us how we are all on shaky ground. The impact is much bigger than the official death toll pegged at 7,500 as on 5 May 2015. This devastating earthquake has killed the hopes of…

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Posted on : May 7, 2015
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