Margot Brandenburg, Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, joined SOM’s weekly Organizational Effectiveness seminar to speak about the growing field of impact investing. Margot spoke broadly about the Foundation’s role in nurturing the expansion of social impact investing as an important complement to government and philanthropy, as well as her own observations about recent trends in the field.
Professor Nava Ashraf, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, gave a PONPO lecture at SOM in the fall of 2010.
The Program on Non-Profit Organizations (PONPO) welcomed Mihir Bhatt, founder and director of All India Disaster Mitigation Institute, to SOM this fall. The All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) is a non-governmental organization based in Gujarat, India, that works to bridge the gap between policy, practice and research related to disaster risk mitigation and reduction.
Growing out of the School’s 30 year tradition of exploring the complex relationships among the public, private and non-profit sectors, SOM’s Program on Social Enterprise has been exploring the intersections between development finance and sustainable energy, both within the US and in developing countries.
In early January, twenty-five students from SOM, the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Law School, traveled to India to work with five groups of social entrepreneurs who are trying to make a difference in the lives of people there.
Dr. Inderpal Grewal, Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale, addressed several recent trends prevalent across India’s NGO community. Dr. Grewal discussed the ways in which female inclusion in NGO policy, State/NGO relations and privatization have helped to shape the explosive growth in NGO activity and the resulting impact on women throughout the country.