An initiative to streamline processes in non-profit organizations and make them more effective through a number of projects has impacted 3.6 million lives in its second year. The Genpact Social Impact Fellowship (GSIF) programme was announced by Genpact in 2016 and is in partnership with EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic division of Edelweiss Group. It was launched last year and impacted 70,000 people, as per the company’s estimates.

GSIF is designed as a one-year programme to work on high-impact projects with handpicked fellows who will help NGOs generate social impact by applying their expertise in process excellence. It is not clear how they are chosen though. In its second year, 16 fellows created solutions to transform operations for 8 non-profits, with many projects focusing on improving learning opportunities for students. These projects leveraged Genpact’s digital technology, process expertise, lean six sigma, and design thinking skills. This year’s organisations are: Magic Bus, Milaan, Kaivalya Education Foundation, Saajha, United Way Delhi, Udayan Care, Teach for India, and the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).

In the coming year, 24 new fellows will work with 16 NGO partners to drive transformational social impact with 16 projects.

 Here are examples of some of this year’s work:

  • GSIF fellows worked with Kaivalya Education Foundation to help Department of Education mid-managers to focus more on improving learning, and spend less time on academic processes. This impacted 1.6 million government school students.
  • For Teach for India, the fellows reworked a performance-management framework and evaluation system leading to increased learning opportunities for 38,000 students across seven cities.
  • GSIF fellows helped improve the selection and delivery process for the Milaan Girl Icon Fellowship programme by creating a measurement system, introducing automation, and developing a model of post-fellowship support. The organization increased its outreach by 5 per cent and reduced selection time of girl leaders by 50 per cent. Apparently one lakh children, especially adolescent girls from marginalised communities in rural India, were impacted.
  • GSIF fellows transformed the finance and accounting processes for Magic Bus.
  • For Saajha, they developed a governance framework that improved communication linkages to resolve academic and social grievances of 1029 Delhi government schools, thereby impacting 1.5 million students.

In a press release shared with CB, Sasha Sanyal, head of Genpact’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity programme, and global business leader, Insurance, said, ‘GSIF is a powerful example of corporate and social sectors working together to drive meaningful transformation that generates long-term impact. Leveraging Genpact’s digital and process expertise, our fellows created innovative solutions for non-profit organizations that are replicable, scalable and sustainable.’