“…I think the single most important piece now, especially over the last two years that has opened up for us is for NGOs to plan for scale… What was exposed in the last 2 years was that nobody… planned for scale” — Ramesh
Meet Ramesh Balasundaram and Binu Ramesh, founders and leaders of the NGO BalUtsav, headquartered in Bangalore, India. BalUtsav helps to bring life-changing education to children living in India, thus facilitating learning for the entire life cycle: from childhood to livelihood. They work in government schools in 5 states in India and impact over 800,000 students. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Ramesh and Binu also assisted in the migrant crisis, distributing food, medicines, water and other essentials.
Ramesh and Binu left their corporate training careers to work in the development sector full time since 2008. Ramesh has also worked with the Government of Karnataka consulting in the Knowledge Commission. They share an indelible desire with me and SCM, for the youth of India to step in and start making the development sector more innovative and effective.
They appeared in Episode 18 of Season 2 talking about India’s changing Development Space
Listen to an excerpt from the conversation here:
You can watch the video below.