IDFC is planning to go to 15 cities throughout the country and intends to connect with the youth. How do you think this is going to help
The campaign In Our Hands is an opportunity to make the development debate more inclusive and engage the youth. In Our Hands is the medium that will bring youth perspectives to decision-makers and simultaneously increase awareness of the deep and systemic challenges that we face in India. The campaign is focused on building a movement for greater participation and ownership of the development agenda by our youth.
Last year you went to five cities and your topic was education. How was the response then
We started In Our Hands to understand how the youth would react to it, and we received an overwhelming response. Buoyed by our initial success, this year we have extended our campaign to cover 15 cities.
What is your Masoom initiative all about
Night schools form a critical delivery mechanism for marginalised populations who are unable to attend day schools for various reasonsand this is what Masoom initiative is all about. In this fiscal, we expect to double the number of night schools to 30 and increase student enrolment to 2,400 students from 1,467. The long-term plan is to help Masoom extend its coverage to all the 200-odd night schools that exist in Maharashtra, which will cover about 25,000 students.
Do you intend to extend the programme to other parts of the country
Well need to examine the institutional framework available in the various cities that will support such an intervention. One of the goals of IDFC Foundation is to capacity-enhance civil society organisations and keeping in line with our mandate well be keen to work with NGOs and governments that want to leverage our learning. One area that we could evaluate is the various adult literacy campaigns. However, our immediate focus is to show proof of concept in Mumbai and then expand.
What about your other initiatives
We recently signed an MoU with the Uttarakhand government to enhance service delivery in the government-sponsored integrated child development services programme. It will impact health and learning outcomes of 1,50,000 children aged 0-6 years across 5 cities.