India: Dasra Initiates ‘ImpactFirst – Prioritizing Lives in Philanthropy’ to accomplish SDGs by 2030!


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Dasra, a strategic philanthropy organization has launched an innovative initiative ‘ImpactFirst’ – Prioritizing Lives in Philanthropy’, to enable adoption of a mindset that puts actual lives at the forefront of philanthropic work.

Through ImpactFirst, Dasra aims to inspire accountability and foster convergence between key stakeholders, towards achieving measurable outcomes such as the Sustainable Development Goals.

The launch was during Dasra Philanthropy Week 2018 that brought together Philanthropists, NGOs, Government, Foundations, Corporates, and Development Sector Experts. Some of the eminent leaders present in the room were Peggy Dulany (Synergos Institute), Kaku Nakhate (Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Amit Chandra (Bain Capital), Roopa Kudva (Omidyar Network), Ananth Padmanabhan (Azim Premji Philanthropic Institute), among others.

Co-founder of Dasra, Neera Nundy said, “India is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. While we are moving in the right direction, the magnitude of India’s problems call for all of us – funders, NGOs, experts and the Government- to urgently collaborate and jointly invest in solutions that work.”

Another Co-founder of Dasra, Deval Sanghavi said, “For us, ImpactFirst encompasses putting the interest of society as a whole in front of your own personal aspirations. Whether you are an NGO, funder, or the government – push the conversation, push the agenda, and push for us to be able to hold ourselves accountable. Keep asking yourself – how much am I actually changing lives?”

While considering its size and population, India has a critical role to play in achieving the SDGs. However, despite the billions of dollars that have been invested in the development sector so far, India has a long way to go for better healtheducation and nutrition in the country.

The seriousness, scale and complexity of India’s problems – from rising inequality to climate change – call for collaborative action and to invest in outcome-led solutions to transform lives.