Mumbai, Maharashtra, India | 2nd July 2020: Omidyar Network India, an investment firm focused on social impact, announced that it has fully utilized the capital pool of Rs. 10.75 crore under its Rapid Response Funding Initiative for Covid-19. The initiative was launched on March 24, 2020 – since then 2000 applications were received and 67 proposals have been approved. Of this, Rs. 3.25 crore was contributed by employees of Omidyar Network India.

Applications received: some highlights
The 2000+ applications received from across the country provide good insights into the types of non-profit solutions that are being set up.

  • While the majority of proposals were focused on physical health (79%), some (3%) were for addressing mental health challenges too. 
  • Nearly half (49%) the proposals were technology-focused – primarily online and mobile based solutions.
  • The solutions focused on supporting the vulnerable sections – the lower 60% of the country’s income distribution represented by the daily wage earners, vendors, the gig-economy workers, and small businesses.

Commenting on the initiatives in response to Covid-19, Roopa Kudva, Managing Director, Omidyar Network India said, “The response of the nonprofit sector to the current crisis has truly been awe inspiring. The way they have galvanized into action has dispelled many myths associated with the nonprofit sector. NGOs and nonprofits have responded rapidly to provide cost-effective solutions. They are adopting new technologies at a fast pace. They are collaborating with each other to create a more effective response. If they continue to be funded adequately, these organizations will continue to play an increasingly greater role in India’s response to the pandemic both in the medium and the long term.”

Profile of proposals approved under RRFI: 

The amount of Rs. 10.75 crore has been deployed towards the following mix of themes:

  • Direct relief work, grassroots awareness campaigns, on-ground programs to mobilize volunteers (47%)
  • Fact-based inputs to inform the thinking of policy-makers/influencers in supporting the NHB (12%)
  • Data, apps and other technological solutions (27%)
  • Collaborative efforts amongst funders and solution providers (12%)
  • Economic resilience of NHB workers and small businesses (2%)

Listed below are the 67 initiatives chosen for funding under the Rapid Response Funding Initiative. They include a wide range of organizations – non-profits, coalitions of NGOs and civil society organizations, for-profit businesses seeking to create non-profit solutions as well as research bodies:

S.NOORGANIZATIONTHEME
1Aajeevika BureauDirect relief work, grassroots awareness campaigns, on-ground programs to mobilise volunteers
2Access Life
3Action Against Hunger
4Akshar Foundation
5Apnalaya
6Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives (AALI)
7Azad Foundation
8Basic Healthcare Services (BHS)
9Bethany Society
10Bombay Sarvodaya
11Calcutta Rescue
12Centre for Advocacy and Research  (CFAR)
13Centre for Youth and Social Development
14Change.org
15Childline
16CORO
17CSE
18Dakshin Foundation
19Gram Vaani
20Gramya Vikash Mancha
21Involve Learning Solutions Foundation
22Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
23Katha
24Kaushalya Foundation
25KeyStone Foundation
26Learning Curve Life Skills Foundation
27Manav Lok
28PARI
29PRAN (Preservation and Proliferation of Rural Resources and Nature)
30RCRC
31RightWalk
32Rizvi Welfare Trust
33RGVN
34Saajha
35SAFA
36Sahayog India
37Sense International India
38Shishu Sarothi
39Social Work and Research Center (Barefoot College)
40Swasthya (Daily Wage Worker)
41Vaagdharan
42Waste Management Society
43Centre for Civil SocietyFact-based inputs to inform the thinking of policy-makers/influencers in supporting the NHB
44CPPR
45Gaon Connection
46IDFC/Noora
47IDR
48Radio Mewat
49Rao et al (J-PAL India)
50SNEHA
51Tandem Research
52VIDHI
53ACTData, apps and other technological solutions
54Akshara
55Haqdarshak
56JanVikas
57Million Sparks
58Meraki
59Navya
60Peepul
61REAP Benefit
62Saarthi
63Tech for Good
64Virohan
65GiveIndiaCollaborative Efforts
66Milaap
67Jan SahasEconomic resilience of NHB workers and small businesses

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