Young Social Innovators Conclave 2015

The second edition of the Young Social Innovators Conclave was held on the 5th October, 2015 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly known as The Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai. The event had two important components – the selection of the 2015 cohort of the India Youth Fund through a live jury, and the presentation of the preliminary findings of the pilot survey of the State of Urban Youth report.

India Youth 2015 Awardees

The jury for the selection of the 2015 awardees of the India Youth Fund saw pitches by 10 organisations (shortlisted from over 800 applicants) from all over the country. They were evaluated by a distinguished jury consisting of:

  • Mr. Eric Luguya, Programme Officer, Lead Youth and Livelihoods Unit, UN-Habitat
  • Ms. Leni Chaudhuri, Programme Head, Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation
  • Dr. Malik Merchant, Consultant Psychiatrist, Prince Aly Khan Hospital
  • Mr. Milind Mhaske, Project Director, Praja Foundation
  • Dr. Padma Prakash, Director, IRIS Knowledge Foundation
  • Mr. Pankaj Joshi, Executive Director, UDRI
  • Ms. Pearl Tiwari, Joint President, CSR and Sustainability, Ambuja Cement

From the pool of ten candidates, the jury picked three as the 2015 awardees of the India Youth Fund. These are:

- Prayasam

A Kolkata based organisation, Prayasam will work towards empowering children with tools through which they can become resource persons as well as advocates of positive change within their communities.

- Reap Benefit

Reap Benefit Foundation will work with the students of Bengaluru’s civic schools to identify waste, water and hygiene related problems, and co-develop innovative and low-cost solutions to the same.

- Sukhibhava

Bengaluru based Sukhibhava will by implementing a model of social entrepreneurship which will incentivize slum dwelling women towards better menstrual hygiene, through innovative low-cost products.

The awardees are slated to implement their projects through 2016-17.

State Of Urban Youth

The second State of Urban Youth report, currently under development, is expected to be a pioneering documentation on the urban youth of India. The report will consist of a series of specially commissioned papers and the analysis of multi-city youth survey.

The preliminary findings of the pilot of this survey were presented at the Conclave, followed by an interactive discussion between Ms. Leni Chaudhuri, Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation; Dr. Padma Prakash, IRIS Knowledge Foundation, Dr. Vibhuti Patel, SNDT University; and Mr. Douglas Ragan, UN-Habitat.

The findings were widely covered by media houses such as Times of India, Hindustan Times, IBN Lokmat, Sakal and Divya Bhaskar. Key highlights include:

1. The preliminary findings on youth and work show that while young people may be finding jobs with satisfactory incomes at least in the larger cities, and may even be satisfied, there is a dearth of interesting work that can engage them fully and allow for creative output.

2. Most of the respondents are politically aware but are not active participants in the public space.

3. Most of the respondents found familial structure a very important foundation from which to achieve their goals.

4. However, There is clearly a dissonance in young people’s attitude to the institution of marriage.

5. Most respondents reported having high levels of stress and physical issues and most were unaware of mental health support services. This would, however, be supported with a more robust diagnostic analysis.

6. These preliminary findings, though not leading to any general analyses at the moment, provide a curtain raiser to the larger study from the six-city wide survey for the larger study.

Conclave Documents



Young Social Innovators Conclave 2014

The first edition of the conclave was held in October, 2014, and was attended by over 300 people. The Conclave featured 60 experts and 50 young social innovators. Read more about the conclave in this report.

Conclave Documents