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Building the Ecosystem to Create 1 Million Livelihoods: SVP’s Million Jobs Mission Conclave

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Social Venture Partners (SVP) India, one of the fastest growing network of engaged philanthropists in the country, hosted the Million Jobs Mission Conclave in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on Jan 19 2017, bringing together 15 of India’s leading social organizations and over 50 consortium partners to collaborate on creating 1 million jobs in the next 5 years.
The Million Jobs Mission has been designed to “scale excellence” i.e. work with good organizations in the livelihood sector and help them scale by becoming their strategic thought partner, raise their ambition around impact, open doors to bigger donors and companies and bring expertise in areas like IT, board governance, process management and HR.
Talking about the Million Jobs Mission, Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman of SVP India said “Our audacious ambition to create a million livelihoods is achievable only if we bring all stakeholders together. Solving a tough issue like this requires collective action from all stakeholders ranging from businesses, government agencies, donors, lenders, civil society and most of all the people whose lives we are trying to improve.”
The Conclave showcased these 15 social organizations (Design Partners), spread across India, who presented their model to create a cumulative of 100,000+ sustainable livelihoods each, in the next 5 years.
Over 100+ participants from our consortium partners – representing foundations, corporates, impact investors, global multilateral agencies, consulting organizations, Government, and academia actively engaged with these organizations and made commitments of support – from access to funding, strategic inputs, leadership development, go-to-market connects and governance/Board support.
The MJM Conclave is supported by a grant from the Tata Trusts.

Some of the voices from the participants at the Conclave:
Design Partners:
“The conclave is an excellent endeavor in building a mission approach, rather than the project approach, towards solving social problems. For us, the conclave focused on critical elements – funding, partnerships and advocacy – that when sustained over the next five years can help us realize our dreams for skilling rural artisans.” – Neelam Chiber, CEO Industree Foundation 

“It would have taken me four months of travel to meet some of these consortium partners to support our goal. Today, I got them all in one room, engaging in serious conversation with us on how to go forward. What more could I have asked for!” – Atul Satija, Co-founder of The/Nudge Foundation

“In the skilling space, scale up can only be made possible through collaboration, and the MJM is a great tool to do that. I found immense value in learning and cross pollination of ideas at the conclave” – Kalyan Chakravarthy, CEO of Pan-IIT Alumni Reach for India, (PARFI)

“Generation is fortunate to be part of this Conclave as a design partner because it gives an opportunity for a proven employability model to scale up and partners with foundations, corporates and others.” – Rajat Gupta, Program Director, McKinsey Social Initiative (MSI) Generation

Consortium Partners:

“I see value in collaborative platforms, that SVP is promoting through the MJM. The time is right to get out of our silos and push for collective action” – Monica Mehta, Director – Investments, Omidyar Network

“The conclave exposed me to a panorama of work that these social organizations are doing – some I already knew of, and many I didn’t – and these will help me make more informed decisions. Now that I know, I can think of many ways funders like us can reach credible organizations and beneficiaries” – Sanjukyta Rajguru, MD & CEO, SBI Foundation

“The space for such conversations around livelihoods that I witnessed today is far and few. If you put something audacious like million jobs mission, it becomes a rallying point for everyone. Having a diversity in models, perspectives and insights is necessary in solving issues that are chronic. The Conclave helped everyone see the breadth of opportunity there is to engage in the livelihoods space” – Reshma Anand, Head – Strategy & Partnerships, Tata Trusts

We also had participants from the Government of India who shared their enthusiasm for the Conclave:

“I have never seen a room full of so many ideas” – Dr. AS Mathew, JS, Ministry of Rural Development

“Amazing resources in one room. It was interesting to see the number of partnerships being forged in the corridors” – C.Sridhar, Deputy Director, LBS National Academy of Administration

Arun Maira, former member of the Planning Commission also shared his thoughts on the Future of Jobs at the Conclave and presented a framework for collective action. His thoughts:
“The direct value derived from MJM is that it connects people who are doing good things and people who can help them do good things. Connecting doers and supporters is important for creating livelihoods. For me, personally, the learning that came from listening about the action on the ground, helped me distill the action and advocacy support these organizations need to become impactful at scale”

SVP believes that the MJM Conclave marks the beginning of several active partnerships between the social organizations and consortium partners with active facilitation from SVP Partners. MJM stands for the power of collective action which can make a significant difference to the livelihoods landscape in India. The partnerships forged will be facilitated by SVP to create longer term engagements between the partners to achieve the livelihood goal in the coming years.

List of 15 Social Organizations as a part of the Million Jobs Conclave
1. DeAsra | Pune | Entrepreneurship
2. Hand in Hand | Chennai | Livelihood
3. Head Held High Foundation| Bangalore | Skill Development
4. Industree | Bangalore | Crafts
5. Mann Deshi | Satara | Women Empowerment
6. MSI Generation | New Delhi | Skill Development
7. NES | Pune | Skill Development
8. Pan IIT Alumni Reach for India | Mumbai, Chennai | Skill Development
9. Quest Alliance | Bangalore | Education
10. Rope Foundation | Chennai | Crafts
11. SEWA | Ahmedabad| Crafts
12. Swasti | Bangalore | Healthcare
13. The Nudge Foundation | Bangalore | Skill Development
14. Vrutti | Bangalore | Agriculture
15. Youth4Jobs | Hyderabad | Disability
The Organizations that participated in the Conclave

Government, Multilateral Agencies & Banks
Ministry of Rural Development
LBS National Academy of Administration
Niti Aayog
Union Bank of India
Punjab National Bank
Bank of Baroda

Foundations, Impact Investors
The Rockefeller Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Nandi Foundation
Asha Impact
Omidyar Network

Corporates & CSRs
Axis Bank Foundation
Philips Lighting Foundation
Hero Corporate Service
Nestle India
Vygon India
Vodafone Foundation
Godrej Industries
JCB India
Google India
Marks and Spencer
Microsoft India
Sobek Trade and Development
Tata Chemicals
Tata Strive
GE India
Tata Power
IL&FS Skill Development

Consulting and Others
IDFC Institute
McKinsey and Co
The Philanthropy Workshop
Elets Technomedia
Brookings India
NUS Business School
India Centre for Public Policy
Development Alternatives
Centurion University