Yearly Archives: 2014

India’s Higher Education model is close to collapse – and needs to change

Kapil Sibal, India's Human Resource Minister, estimated recently that India needs 1,500 universities, almost three times as much as the current 564, to serve its young and aspiring population, and meet expectations for economic growth. This oft-quoted but unofficial observation reflects the scale of ambition…

How Business Schools in Pakistan can foster social enterprise

In the upcoming years, developing countries will continue to account for an increasing proportion of global growth. Moreover, the higher education sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in Asian markets. Pakistan is a country of around 180 million people and with 70 %…

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Social Return On Investment (SROI): Three technical challenges

EPG's Managing Director co-authored this paper for the Social Enterprise Journal. The purpose of this article is to explore three technical challenges and misconceptions involved in measuring social return on investment (SROI). Although there is considerable information available about the conceptual framework of SROI, its…

Challenges  and misconceptions with SROI
Challenges and misconceptions with SROI

There is increasing pressure for providers of public services to evidence the social impact they are having. The application of SROI is a relatively young discipline, often not well understood by the third sector. There is considerable variability in how SROI is applied, which makes…

The Balance Sheet: Morality wins, profit loses, but what happens to IP?

This article is part of an ongoing series of articles by EPG in India Incorporated, entitled The Balance Sheet – Taking Stock of India. This article was first published here. Two weeks ago, India's Supreme Court dismissed Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG's attempt to win patent protection for…

Can India become the hotspot for global innovation in pharma?

There has been a lot of discussion and speculation around whether or not India is capable of producing novel drug targets. Traditionally, the Indian pharmaceutical industry has stayed away from drug discovery or out-licensed molecules to large global companies in the early phase of development…

Spear’s Magazine: Philanth-Rupee (featuring interview with EPG)

India's wealthiest citizens may be rising forces in the new world, but their charitable giving is lagging behind. Sophie McBain from Spear's Magazine looks at the measured being taken to end this subcontinental drift. It features an interview with EPG's Managing Director on motivating factors…

PRESS RELEASE: The Future for Pakistan: Incubating Social Enterprises in Business Schools
PRESS RELEASE: The Future for Pakistan: Incubating Social Enterprises in Business Schools

[caption id="attachment_1095" align="alignnone" width="560"] Speaker panel at the report at Allen & Overy in London: (left to right) Dylan Matthews, Senior Associate, Allen & Overy; Dr Iman Bibars, Regional Director, Ashoka Arab World; Suniya Qureshi, Executive Director, British Pakistan Foundation; Priya Shah, Consultant and Lead…

The Balance Sheet: India’s budget problem: Living beyond its means, but ‘chalta hai’

This article is part of an ongoing series of articles by EPG in India Incorporated, entitled The  Balance Sheet - Taking Stock of India. This article was first published here. The country is living beyond its means. There are persistent twin deficits. Real terms interest rates are…

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