Tata Trusts, Chicago university tie up to work on Indian development challenges

Posted on:28 Jun 2016 09:20:03

Tata Trusts, Chicago university tie up to work on Indian development challenges
28 June 2016 Current Affairs: Tata Trusts and the University ofChicago will collaborate in ideation and solution-seeking to complex developmental challenges in crucial areas like sanitation, energy and the environment.

The health vertical will examine healthcare access through insurance with projects in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The water and sanitation vertical will begin a major project on decentralised irrigation with water tanks in Telangana. 

The energy and environment vertical will examine projects to improve reporting of emissions by plants in Gujurat and Maharashtra, to provide rural electrical power via solar microgrids in Bihar, and to encourage individuals to pay for better electricity supply in Bihar.

The generation of new solutions to development challenges, through two additional projects. We will support an Urban Challenge in Delhi that asks NGOs and government officials to propose new ways to tackle air pollution," Malani, the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the UChicago Law School and Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine.

The UChicago's International Innovation Corps (IIC) and OpenIDEO, a division of the design consulting firm IDEO, to use OpenIDEO internet based platform to crowdsource solutions to, for example, urban sanitation problems, and then to pilot those solutions using IIC teams in collaboration with municipal governments.

The IIC programme was already operating in India. However, we wanted to verify the government projects IIC helps implement. At the same time we wanted to ensure that impact evaluations UChicago was conducting in India had an impact on policy and implementation.

Which combines research (impact evaluation) and implementation (mainly through IIC). In addition, we folded in training component for government officials and NGO leaders because we felt they were the primary change agents in India and could best help scale impactful interventions.

A proposal was then made to Tata Trusts, which were already working on two IIC projects.


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