TTC Newsletter | July 2018
Parul Soni
Global Managing Partner, TTC

Providing integrated services
Solutions to achieve Global Goals (SDGs) 2030

We started Thinkthrough Consulting three years back, initially focusing on development sector and CSR. Within a year, we extended our functional portfolio in diverse practices embracing sustainability, climate change, ethical business and beyond. We are firm in our belief that it is the synergy of different domains of sustainability that creates the difference – not only in business and government operations, but also in the lives of people. We are truly passionate about ‘connecting ideas for impact’, that we demonstrate each day while partnering and servicing our clients on a range of thematic areas related to sustainability.

Today, we define ourselves as a multidisciplinary professional services organization that specializes in providing advisory support to every initiative that is related to sustainable development – directly or indirectly. We offer integrated solutions that support the aspirations of our clients to maximize the impact through their projects – whatever be the dimension of the initiative.

TTC is a collaboration of talented minds and competencies that is diverse, but aligned to a common and well-defined purpose, which is accelerating the process of sustainable human development. Our leadership and multi-disciplinary team, leveraging on their stellar professional credentials, extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of sustainable development initiatives globally, ensure delivery of effective and optimal solutions to our clients’ needs.

In today’s context, we firmly believe that alignment with the 2030 Global Goals (the SDGs) is important for all organisations – especially to support the country to achieve the Goals. We therefore, made it our mission to contribute in supporting our clients in such alignment, and projects for creating impact. Examples of some such projects we recently delivered are captured in one of the subsequent sections.

You are receiving this newsletter, because you have engaged with us, at some point of time, on some topic, either on a project or just a dialogue on a theme that you considered relevant to sustainable development. On behalf of Team TTC, I express our sincere gratitude for working with us, and we will endeavour to continue our dialogue for enabling you to create impact through our insights.

Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan – a cohesive approach to making education accessible to all through Teachers and Technology
Manager Advisory- Research and Documentation
Rajiv Nagpal
Partner & Leader - Research and Documentation

The Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan is the central government’s latest offering for school education in keeping with their slogan of ‘Sabko Shiksha Achchi Shiksha’, and ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. This centrally sponsored scheme amalgamates the three foremost schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Scheme of Restructuring and Reorganisation of Teacher Education (STE).

The vision of the scheme is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education in line with the SDG4 for Education – equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. It aims to improve school effectiveness, bridge social and gender gaps to provide equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes for students, promote vocationalisation of education and strengthen teachers training institutions. While the scheme brings a paradigm shift to the education system by incorporating vocational education as a part of the mainstream curriculum, operationalisation will be a challenge, especially considering we are moving into national elections.

on how this approach can be applied and implemented.

Addressing climate change risk is the new reality
Hadrian Vivek
Consultant - Sustainability and Climate Change
Dipankar Ghosh
Partner & Leader - Sustainability and Climate Change

"In 2015, through the landmark Paris Agreement, countries pledged to limit temperature rise to 1.5 °C compared to pre-industrial levels. To further strengthen the path and provide direction, the G20 convened a task force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and developed a framework for corporates to assess and disclose the financial impact of climate risks.

From the perspective of a corporate, the impact of climate change depends on the extent of the company’s operations and activities. It could be vulnerable to both transitional (policy, legal, technology, market, reputation) and physical (acute and chronic) risks. This may sometime extend beyond the exposure of its facilities along the supply chains, distribution networks, customers and markets.

Between now and the next UN summit, companies have the conundrum to build the business case that climate risk and financial risk are unavoidably linked, just as climate action and prosperity must go hand in hand. Despite the lack of regulations in most countries to assess and disclose such risk, now is the right time for companies to get ahead to reap the benefits of managing climate risks and leverage opportunities.”

to understand how addressing climate change is imperative.

Highlights from WEDP (A Walmart Initiative):

Women Entrepreneurship Development program (WEDP) 2017-18 was aimed to build the capacity of Women-Owned Businesses (WOBs) in India.

This program used a combination of capacity building workshops and hand-holding/mentoring support to strengthen both the entrepreneurs and their enterprises and connected them to institutions and the marketplace.

WEDP provided an opportunity for participants to meet successful entrepreneurs to share, learn and network.

Thinkthrough Consulting (TTC) was the knowledge partner of WEDP 2017-18 and coordinated the efforts between the selected women entrepreneurs, the training partner and Walmart. The programme was designed with an aim to build capacity of Women-Owned Businesses (WOBs) in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi/NCR, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh and equip them with professional and personal skills to build robust businesses and become industry-ready.

The official graduation event was curated by TTC and 64 women were handed over the certificates by Mr. Krish Iyer, President & CEO, Walmart India and the guest of honour, Shri. SK Joshi, IAS, Chief Secretary to Govt., Government of Telangana.

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GHG emission estimation from NRM projects
TTC is supporting ITC's Mission Sunehra Kal in developing a credible tool for estimating green-house-gas (GHG) emissions avoided by various Natural Resource Management (NRM) initiatives like watershed management and sustainable agriculture, being implemented across India. ITC already assesses the socio-economic and sustainability impacts of their NRM initiatives; the present project helps in providing additional insights into promoting climate mitigation through NRM initiatives across different agro-climatic zones.
Karnataka Government
Transformation of Government School in Karnataka with Public/Private sector support
Karnataka is one of the leading States of India with regard to education in government schools. The aim is to reach global standards of education by empowering youth with high-quality education and capabilities to create next-gen leaders through public and private sector partnerships. To facilitate such partnership, the State Government of Karnataka has established a Project Management Unit (PMU) with TTC for attracting donors for improving the quality of education. This tripartite education support platform of the government, corporate and TTC would encourage a process of transformation and accountability in a transparent manner. It is expected that the PMU would facilitate in mobilizing funds that would be streamlined and aligned to the larger vision of GoK to achieve its overarching goal of quality education for all.
Impact assessment of sustainable agriculture project
OCP Foundation supported Indian Society for Agri-business Professionals (ISAP) to promote ‘Integrated Farming System’ & ‘Agriculture Extension Services’ in Karnataka and Rajasthan with a direct outreach to over 16,600 farmers. The key focal areas of these programs were agri - extension services, integrated farming system, scientific agriculture methods, institution building and post harvest management. TTC carried out impact assessment of these programs to provide a reflection of the project progress, outcomes & corresponding impacts and recommendations for the way forward. A case study of this project was showcased & awarded at 13th National Convocation of United Nations- Global Compact Network India (UN-GCNI) in June 2018.
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