Avasant Foundation support efforts across Asia to increase access to technology and a quality education as well as sustainable livelihoods through employment and entrepreneurship. Avasant’s Global Strategy team has worked across Asia- including in India, Malaysia, China and the Philippines, on advising governments, ICT employers and industry groups on development initiatives for economic growth and job creation.
Digital Equalizer Program in India
With 70% of India’s one million public schools lacking basic computing technology, the country is facing significant challenges to prepare its youth for success in the 21st century global economy. Avasant in partnership with the American Indian foundation provides over 6,500 students with access to technology across 56 schools in Odisha and Bangalore.
AIF’s Digital Equalizer Program trains over 100 teachers in interactive and dynamic approaches for incorporating technology into insruction to replace rote learning. Basic computer literacy, internet research and refreshed teaching methodologies equip students with practical digital literacy skills that play a life-changing role throughout their academic journey.
SDG Philanthropy Platform
Avasant Foundation is a founding member of the global SDG Philanthropy Platform founded by Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors that has a focus on India for 2017. Of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UN’s 2030 Agenda, Avasant Foundation works primarily on three: Quality Education, Gender Equality and Decent Work & Economic Growth, all of which are squarely aligned with our vision and mission. The Platform was launched in 2014 with support from the Conrad N. Hilton, Ford and The MasterCard Foundations, with a number of other funders joining over the last year, including Oak Foundation support for the work in India.
“We applaud Avasant Foundation for being the first member of the India Founders Circle and… helping to catalyze philanthropy’s commitment to collaborative approaches to the SDGs in India.”
– Heather Grady, Vice President at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017
Case Study: Philippines Job Creation
Avasant advised the government of the Philippines, including the Secretary of Trade & Investment, on how to successfully support and grow a fledgling BPO industry as a means to spur job creation and economic growth. Avasant’s Global Strategy team provided guidance on strategy, policy, incentives and hosting industry forums for the development of the ICT-services sector. The Philippines has since successfully leveraged its large, English-proficient population and strategic investments in the telecom sector to make it a top global destination for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services. The ICT-BPO industry is now one of the most dynamic and fastest sectors in the Philippines and currently provides over 1 million direct jobs.