Voice of the Village: confronting the new normal

Intense Needs. Immense Possibilities.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, India initially went into a country-wide lockdown. Even as the lockdown eases, the situation remains dire for many among the less privileged, who are struggling with an uncertain new reality.

Be part of the conversations that create solutions and join Dharma Life’s rural women entrepreneurs and a network of global partners to identify and discuss the challenges faced by rural communities. Some of the urgent questions we will discuss in this 60-70 minute virtual roundtable are:

  • What are the crucial needs of these communities? How are they evolving?
  • What lessons can we learn from those who are confronting and responding to this new reality?
  • How can external entities help?
  • How can technology help?

Hear directly from the changemakers of the We-for-Village Alliance, which connects rural communities and international stakeholders digitally. The Alliance helps vulnerable groups – such as women, migrant workers, the elderly, and children – with critical information, essential goods and services, and life-altering skills. Over a million people have already benefited from the efforts of the Alliance as it moves from a successful pilot to scale up.

Founder of Dharma Life, Gaurav Mehta will be joined by Clive Allison from Unilever, Barbara Müller from BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Andreas R. Kirchschläger from elea Foundation, Professor Rajesh Chandy from the Wheeler Institute, Dharma Life colleagues and Dharma Life Entrepreneurs Rohini Shirke, Yasmin Parvin and Manju Kanwar.

About Dharma Life Labs and the Voice of the Village Event Series: Dharma Life Labs is a rural innovation lab with a focus on driving inclusive progress. A collaboration between Dharma Life, the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at the London Business School and Siriti, the Lab leverages local relationships, digital connectedness and real-time insights to drive impact at scale. The insights from our work are brought alive through a series of virtual roundtables – the “Voice of the Village” – which bring together the rural community with global partners as equals. The objective of these roundtables is to create inclusive communities of practice to help villagers lead themselves and their communities on the path of progress.

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