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Edition 14 - March 2013
Deborah Keller, Edition 14 - March 2013 08 Apr 2014
Impact Measurement - Brief note by Ennovent
Deborah Keller, Impact Measurement - Brief note by Ennovent 13 Dec 2013
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Interface between government officials and social innovators: Challenges and Recommendations

India, today, is witnessing a number of social innovations across sectors and at various levels. The incredible solutions that social innovations offer, and the energy that they bring to the ‘traditional’ market are being felt. However, we as a country still have a long way to go in embracing social innovation and providing it the impetus that it needs. There exist substantial challenges that need to be addressed, in order to take cognizance of innovation. This document has been drafted drawing from responses elicited through conversations with social innovators. A total of 9 social innovators, from the education, energy and agriculture sectors were spoken to, in a semi-structured interview to retain the focus of the conversation while allowing them to bring in their own additional perspectives, all the same. This exercise has resulted in the detailed discussion that follows, on challenges and roadblocks that social innovators face in dealing with the government, in a pointed manner. The aim is to emphasise the on-ground practicalities with the aim to provoke thought-processes to address these issues. The respondents have also made recommendations drawing from their own experiences, in their respective sectors of operation. The idea is to identify areas inherent with the scope to implement these recommendations in order to establish an ecosystem that is conducive to and appreciative of social innovation and entrepreneurship.