Harvard Business Publishing enters India’s social sector with a strategic alliance with Dasra

Harvard Business Publishing is entering into the Indian social sector with its strategic alliance with Dasra. It has joined hands with Dasra India to create leadership development program for social enterprises – the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program. The 9 month training program, aimed to support 30 growth stage non-profits and social businesses to scale and maximize impact, is set to begin in May. It will be hosted on the campuses of Dasra’s strategic partner, the American School of Bombay.

Harvard business publishingHarvard Business Publishing is a not-for-profit subsidiary of Harvard University specializing in technology enabled leadership development solutions. It will design and deploy the curriculum to suit the social sector context and needs. The curriculum comprises of four modules – Leadership & Strategy, Developing Your Organization, Building Your Brand and Creating a Professional Firm.

Dasra Social Impact (DSI) is Dasra’s flagship accelerator program for high potential growth stage social enterprises poised for scale. Employing a training format that fosters peer learning, organizational skill development, network building and collaboration; the program trains organizations to be the next Magic Bus, Educate Girls and Akshaya Patra in India’s social space. Since DSI’s inception in 2006, a record 180 participants have graduated from it.dasra

Crafted for the needs of founders, executive directors and senior management of high potential social enterprises, the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program will help them expand their potential and the impact of their social enterprises. Case studies from Harvard Business School (HBS) will be included in the program to help these leaders develop the worldview, strategic skills and leadership capacity needed to master the complex challenges that face their organizations as they scale.

For the inaugural edition of the DSI Leadership program, Dasra has curated a cohort of high-impact leaders. A blended delivery format will feature Harvard Business School faculty webinars, case based workshops, action learning assignments and collaborative learning.

Neera Nundy, Partner and Co-Founder, Dasra, said, “The program becomes especially relevant with the passing of the Indian Companies Act 2013 recommending a 2% spend on CSR which will bring approximately INR 20,000 crore per year into the social sector. It is critical that social enterprises possess the capacity and capability to leverage this large capital to scale and maximize their impact.”

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