Sub-K: Providing last-mile banking solutions in India

In India, low-income consumers face major barriers to accessing formal banking services. Sub-K is making it easier for more people to access these services by using technology and local agents to provide banking services to more than one million customers. Sub-K empowers local entrepreneurs to become community banks by arming them with mobile technology that they can use … Continued

MISSION Framework: The importance of Organization on impact

In partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Social Innovation & Investment Initiative at the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU Wagner) analyzed more than 40 foundation-related investments, and together we developed a MISSION framework to document the foundation’s impact investing strategy. The framework is comprised of the following elements: Market, … Continued

JumpStart: Providing access to youth employment in Ekurhuleni, South Africa

Youth unemployment is a global concern, but the situation in South Africa is especially dire – where more than half of 15-24-year olds are unemployed. And that rate is rising. At the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, we believe that the path to meaningful employment begins with opportunity. Our work with the JumpStart Foundation (JumpStart) is providing access to … Continued

Skilling India: What’s next?

For over six years, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has invested in education technology platforms and programs that can empower India’s young adults to learn an array of new skills from English-language fluency, to repairing cars, to learning optometry, to navigating corporate interviews and office culture, and much more. While the training offered ranges, … Continued

Creating employment and livelihood opportunities in India

In India, 80 percent of all people in the workforce are in the informal sector, meaning they do not have job security or steady work. LabourNet is an organization in India that provides key training and education to help people in the informal sector get the skills they need to increase their employability or start … Continued

Creating pathways to successful livelihoods in India

After dropping out of university to care for his family, Kader turned to LabourNet to get the training he needed to start his own business. Kader was always interested in cars. When his dad was hospitalized, he dropped out of university and started working at a garage, where he was only able to do menial … Continued

Can technology-based learning improve employment rates in India?

This is the first blog in a two-part blog series on a program developed by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Sattva Consulting to expand English-language skills to address employment challenges in India. This blog will focus on the challenge this program aims to address, how the program was developed, and how the outcomes … Continued

A new model for education in India

In India, low-fee private schools or Affordable Private Schools (APS), as they are popularly known, are emerging as schools of choice for poor families who want to provide education in English to their children. The APS market is growing rapidly and appears to be meeting the need of a large portion of our target segment … Continued