Month: November 2012

Helpline for kids gets bigger, smarter

Cover story, November 2012 – Civil Society

The Flyover on Tulsi Pipe Road runs along the western side of Dadar station, one of the busiest rail depots in Asia. Beneath it, within shouting distance of the station’s fifteen platforms and the teeming elevated pathways that connect them, a pair of rooms serves as the local field office for India’s first and largest helpline: Childline.

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Beautiful Chaos at Kolkata’s Durga Puja

November 8, 2012 – The Atlantic Cities

KOLKATA, India — There are two things about Kolkatans, my friend Santanu tells me. “We’re work-shirkers and we’re anarchists.” I can’t speak to the local work ethic, but there is a strain of anarchic fervor in the celebrations surrounding Durga Puja, the City of Joy’s most important festival. (more…)

Financial Inclusion at the Bottom of the Pyramid

November 6, 2012 – Mahindra Rise

Though credit scoring is an essential first step toward inclusion in formal financial systems, 400 million people scattered across rural, urban and semi-urban India still lack access to this basic tool. Though in recent years this population has benefited from microfinance and loan systems, these mechanisms are also finite, failing in themselves to confront deeper issues of financial inequality. This is where InVenture comes in. (more…)