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Phuntsho Namgay recently joined Ennovent as the Country Director of Bhutan. Seeking to scale up our work in Bhutan, we were looking for someone who could work closely with our global and regional teams, to build on our existing work in the country and explore new opportunities to develop and execute impactful projects in Bhutan. Phuntsho was raised in Bhutan and moved outside the country to pursue his undergraduate and graduate studies. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from State University of New York, Stony Brook and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney. With almost...

The Innovation Hub for Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene or IHUWASH is a collaborative initiative between the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Ennovent. The three-year project is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and aims to improve the performance of urban WASH programs using a collaborative framework, incorporating both private and public participation. InnoDI is one of the organisations shortlisted as part of the IHUWASH project. A lot has been written about the water crisis in India. This manifold crisis is partly owing to the scarcity of water, and partly due to the lack of...

In October and November 2017, news reports emerged about the plunging air quality in the Delhi-NCR region. This particular incidence of poor air quality was linked to the crop stubble burning season – the time of harvesting the Kharif crop. While crop stubble burning is common globally, it is a widespread practice in the northwest part of India, which includes the states of Punjab and Haryana. Farmers in these states burn the stubble after a harvest season to prepare the field for the new sowing season. A study conducted by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)...

By Jaya Srinivasan A few months ago, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on Social Role Valorization (SRV). Conducted by the Keystone Foundation, this workshop mainly featured participants who worked with people with disability: caregivers, professionals, founders of organisations, and parents. Interestingly, most of the participants were women, perhaps highlighting their involvement in the sector and the significant role they play in caregiving in their families. [caption id="attachment_4054" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Keystone Institute India[/caption] My introduction to SRV came through a colleague, who learnt of it at a workshop on community mental health late last year, where he represented the citiesRISE...

The Innovation Hub for Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene or IHUWASH is a collaborative initiative between the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Ennovent. The three-year project is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and aims to improve the performance of urban WASH programs using a collaborative framework, incorporating both private and public participation. Under IHUWASH, national and city-level Innovation Hubs have been established to work closely with national level WASH stakeholders and the city administrations of Faridabad, Udaipur and Mysuru. The IHUWASH Accelerator, implemented by Ennovent, is a program under the IHUWASH platform that finds,...

In 2018, Ennovent conducted a funding landscape study of the sustainable livelihoods sector in India. Sustainable livelihoods efforts in India comprise a vast set of interventions, cutting across diverse communities, objectives and impact strategies. The sector encompasses agricultural and related activities, handicrafts, tourism, skill development, entrepreneurship and innovation, among others. Developed in partnership with the Asia Venture Philanthropy Network, the report is targeted towards enabling more impactful support by providing recommendations on how impact investors can help overcome sector-specific challenges. The study maps the existing state of funding for livelihood projects and programs across India by looking at organisations such...

Ennovent and Trail Angels GmbH are excited to have initiated a new business venture, Fair Trail Himalayas, which aims to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly trekking trails in the Himalayas. The venture will develop, market and manage new trails for an immersive experience of the local culture and environment, and devise benefit sharing mechanisms for local populations. This will incentivise conservation of the fragile landscape surrounding such trails, which is imperative for the continuity of the local population’s diversity and sustenance. We are also developing ‘Fair Trail’ standards for trails which will be based on responsible and ethical tourism and...

Founded in 1987 by chocolatier Josef Zotter, Zotter is an Austrian company with a product range of over 400 varieties of chocolate, such as ‘Brazil Nut Nougat with Jungle Pepper’ and ‘Passion Fruit and Caramel with Thyme’. With a focus on innovation and sustainability, they work with 100% organic ingredients of fair-trade quality and physical traceability. Ennovent is currently exploring the sourcing of organic, fair trade ingredients from the Himalayas, across India, Nepal and Bhutan, for Zotter chocolates. The aim of the project is to create new chocolate, which makes additional income for farmers in the Himalayan region. Zotter Chocolates The Zotter...

An article by Jaya Srinivasan, Manager - Clients at Ennovent   I completed six months working in mental health this September. As someone with no previous educational or professional background in mental health, I have learnt a great deal in the process. I have met several inspiring people with diverse opinions, ranging from what would be considered the conservative to the radical. My opinions have been challenged, and my understanding of the “normal” turned on its head. I continue to grapple with the definitions of mental illness and what it means to have mental well-being. For many of us, mental health is an...

A variety of informal and formal businesses exist in many urban areas of Nepal, providing a variety of services along the Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) service chain. However, such businesses and their practices are not regulated or monitored. Often, they operate unsustainably, do not have scalable business models, and are unable to reach low-income communities because of their revenue models. In this context, Ennovent assisted Oxfam in Nepal to conduct a feasibility study to understand the current scenario with respect to FSM and assess business opportunities within the FSM service chain. The study provided crucial insights into the demand, consumers and their...