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Citizen Diplomacy Award

Sehgal Foundation has been named one of three recipients of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Citizen Diplomacy Award 2020. Sehgal Foundation was selected as a co-runner up for its rural development and women's empowerment work. The award was presented by Assistant Secretary of State for Global Public Affairs, Aaron Ringel, during a virtual ceremony on Sep 30, 2020. The first place for the fourth annual Citizen Diplomacy Award was presented to Mohamed Amin Ahmed, founder, chairman and executive director of Average Mohamed. Tempe Sister Cities was the other co-runner up of the prestigious annual award.   

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Transform Lives one school at a time

According to the Malala Fund, an estimated 20 million more secondary-age girls will dropout of school due to COVID-19. Sehgal Foundation’s Transform Lives one school at a time program has continued to provide government schools with the necessary infrastructure, such as separate toilets and sanitation facilities, to keep girls enrolled—and this work has extended to provide schools with COVID-19 relief packages. Each $1,500 raised means that a life-saving COVID-19 Safety Package is delivered to a school in rural India! Watch our new video that shares about the safety package. 

Together, we have the power to help keep girls and young women enrolled in school, despite COVID-19! #TogetherWeCan

Welcoming two new advisors on board!

Please join the Sehgal Foundation teams in welcoming Ms. Neelima Khetan and Ms. Vyoma Nair who have joined S M Sehgal Foundation’s Council of Advisors.

Neelima Khetan is a visiting fellow, Brookings India; former Group CSR head, Vedanta Group; VP of CSR at Hindustan Zinc; director, CSR and Sustainability, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia; India Country director, American India Foundation; CEO, Seva Mandir; acting director, Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA); and recipient, of the Lakshmipat Singhania-IIM Lucknow National Leadership Award and the Maharana Mewar Award.

Vyoma Nair, an executive board adviser to Nucleus, is an expert on international expansion who developed an integrated “one-stop shopping” service model covering multi-country HR, legal, accounting, tax, and compliance services for smaller US tech companies seeking international expansion. She has worked with Redback Networks, RedHat Software, and Theorem Clinical Research.

Upcoming Events

2020 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, Oct 12-16

Sehgal Foundation in the US is proud to partner with the World Food Prize 2020 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium Breaking New Ground: “Building Resilience Today for Improved Global Food Systems Tomorrow!” to be held on Oct 12–16. Register TODAY! 

Virtual 2020 GAP Report Launch, Oct 12

Sehgal Foundation is also a Consultative Partner of the Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report) released by Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which features work done this year by Sehgal Foundation and the Mosaic Company. The topic this year is “Productivity in a Time of Pandemics,” which will examine the impact of pandemic-scale outbreaks of pests and diseases that attack humans, animals, and plants on the productivity and sustainability of our food systems. Read more . . .

Policy Consultation on Infusing Evidence in Rural Policy, Oct 21

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia and S M Sehgal Foundation will be co-organizing a policy consultation on Infusing Evidence in Rural Policy on Oct 21. Register!

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Sehgal Foundation is Podcasting!

'SMSF Connect' Podcast features a bouquet of interesting programs about rural development and other social issues and themes.  TUNE IN to our podcast channel on I-RadioLive. Podcasts also available on:

Webinar on promoting digital literacy
The webinar, “Promoting digital awareness among rural youth: COVID-19 and beyond,” was presented on Sept 23, 2020 as part of the Transform Lives one school at a time program. The 329 participants from three countries included CSOs, Ed-tech companies, and students and faculty members from fifteen universities across India. Panelists from a diverse group, including government, civil society organizations, and corporates, shared their views and experiences on best practices as well as the way forward in promoting digital awareness among rural youth in post-pandemic India.

ZS Cares Event
Ms. Anjali Makhija was invited to be part of a panel discussion hosted by ZS Associates featuring their NGO partners on the topic “Impact of COVID-19 on Education.” Sehgal Foundation and ZS Associates have been partnering on school transformation projects in Nuh district since 2017.

Global Change-Makers Summit

Sehgal Foundation COO, Ms. Anjali Makhija, presented at the Global Change makers Summit, speaking on the topic “Bridging Villages to the Rest of the World with Rural Development Projects.” She shared about the foundation’s programs, addressing critical issues concerning food security, water security, and social justice, with a focus on the empowerment of women and children.

Panel Presentation on Community Radio: Kal, Aaj aur Kal
Sehgal Foundation director of Communications, Ms. Pooja O. Murada, was invited as a panel speaker by MIT World Peace University to speak on the topic “Role of media to promote the culture of peace in the world” as part of the four-day online2nd National Conference on Media and Journalism, Sep 21–24, 2020.The panel comprised of community radio practitioners discussed the evolution of radio and how the medium is particularly relevant at this time.

Webinar on Hygiene Challenges for Indian Schools 
In the webinar “Back to School: New Sanitization and Hygiene Challenges for Indian Schools” organized by SHARP NGO on Sep 12, 2020, COO Anjali Makhija shared about the COVID safety kit created by Sehgal Foundation for schools and low-cost educational alternatives such as curriculum presented on radio for children.

Project on Science Technology and Innovation Policy
Community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8 successfully completed a two-month project on engaging communities in the policy-making process for Science Technology and Innovation Policy of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India. The project was supported by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) and DST, and included surveys, focus group discussions, and the collection of call-in feedback from the community members on their priority areas and views for policy-making.

Discussion on New Education Policy and Adult Education

Mr. Navneet Narwal, associate director, Transform Lives one school at a time, discussed adult education and lifelong learning under the New Education Policy-2020 on a panel organized by the Department of Education, Haryana, on Sep 22, 2020.

Lecture on Climate Change

Sehgal Foundation director of Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, Dr. Pradeep Mehta, delivered a lecture for the 4th Refresher Online Course of Environmental Studies by HRDC-JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) on Sep 17 on “The Role of CSR and Civil Society in addressing Climate Change through Mitigation and Adaptation."

Project on restoring livelihoods  

Community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8 is collaborating on a project supported by UNDP and Traidcraft Exchange along with fellow community radios in Nuh and Gurugram districts on “Building resilience and facilitate restoring of livelihoods amongst rural micro-entrepreneurs to combat COVID-19 through sensitization, capacity building, digital empowerment, and market access in Mewat and Gurugram (rural) in Haryana.”

Research Study

S M Sehgal Foundation's Adaptive technologies team undertook a study on the ‘Prevalence and impact of fluoride in drinking water in Nuh district of Haryana, India.’ The study results have been published in IOSR Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology.


News and Media

COVID-19 Radio Corner

Editorial Team: Arti Manchanda Grover, Marly Cornell, Pooja O. Murada

Contributors: Aparajeeta Vaibhav, Dharmendra, Sumit Kumar, Lalit Sharma, Yashi Gautam  

Photo Credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Communications team

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