The Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA) and the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), IIT Bombay are organizing a seminar on "Scaling up with the Government: Policy to Practice" by Mr.Gautham Ravichander, Head - Policy Initiatives, eGovernments Foundation.
Nandan Nilekani and Srikanth Nadhamuni started eGovernments Foundation in 2003, with the intention of using technology to improve urban governance: to decrease the friction in transactions involving the government, improve transparency in the system, and increase the efficiency of services delivered to the citizens. 15 years ago, e-governance was not a term that people knew or understood; but the founders believed that technology could help the local and state governments achieve the above goals. Since then the foundation's journey to scale up - across 450 cities, six state governments and four crore citizen - has been winding, uneven, and dotted with challenges and learnings. They had to change their approach, and pivot their business model several times, so as to stay true to their original goal of improving urban governance. In this talk, Mr. Ravichander will share his insights on how to scale up while working with the government, based on the foundation's experience over these 15 years.
Bio-sketch of the Speaker:
Gautham Ravichander leads eGovernments Foundation’s policy initiatives with the Government of India and partner states. He started his career at Janaagraha where he led the Ward Infrastructure Index Programme and was a founding team member of The Education Alliance. Gautham has a MIB degree from Fletcher where his studies focused on social enterprises and leveraging business models to reach undeserved populations. At Fletcher, Gautham organised and co-chaired the first Tufts Innovation Symposium on Scaling Innovation in Emerging Markets.