Social Finance Innovation and Externalities

This insightful report discusses the advent of social finance and innovation for meeting Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The article looks at the thought process of defining critical enablers at the Addis Ababa Action Agenda meeting in 2015, which set the ball rolling in driving both private sector investments and public-private partnerships in the development space. It includes a small note on externalities and their role in enabling social good. Continue reading “Social Finance Innovation and Externalities”

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Podcast Episode 2: Nishant speaks with Iconic Anu Aga; Ex Chairperson Thermax

Anu Aga

Pic: Ms Anu Aga

Nishant Malhotra talks to Ms Anu Aga  for Podcast Episode 2 on The Middle Road. 

The following is an excerpt of my conversation with Anu Aga and not a substitute for the Podcast.. Listen to the Podcast here.

Ms. Anu Aga is an iconic businesswoman, social change enabler whose contributions to the society are a harbinger of goodness and uprightness. A philanthropist and successful businesswomen, Anu led Thermax into a global engineering company focused in energy and environment. She strongly supports initiatives in the social sector, especially in advancing equitable and quality education for less privileged people of the society in India. Continue reading “Podcast Episode 2: Nishant speaks with Iconic Anu Aga; Ex Chairperson Thermax”

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SEDA, Well-being and Social Equality

Boston Consulting Group’s Sustainable Economic Development Assessment (SEDA) inspired by leading economists such as Amartya Sen, Michael Spence, and Joseph Stiglitz lays a foundation of measuring economic and socio-economic developments of countries. Further, it aids in peer comparison to benchmark global best business practices. SEDA is a step forward in understanding how wealth creation is translating into well-being and social equality. Pic source: BCG

 

# SEDA Framework 

SEDA measures the progression of countries in generating social equity and well being. It has ten dimensions selected over three categories: Economics, Investments, and Sustainability, which translates into 40 indicators for measuring well being. Economics category has only three variables income, economic stability, and employment while Investments includes health, education, and infrastructure. The third element of Sustainability measures social impact and includes income equality, civil society, governance, and environment. The ten dimensions are normalized on a scale of 0 to 100 and aggregated for respective countries to arrive at holistic scores. These scores help in peer comparison of countries on the well-being index apart from understanding the effect of well-being and quality of living.

To understand relative effectiveness of conversion of wealth to well-being, a measure wealth to well-being coefficient is tabulated. The score gives a comparison compared to the actual scores computed using GNI (gross nation income) indicator. GNI includes economic wealth created by citizens both within and outside the country in comparison to GDP which focuses on income creation within the country. Usually countries which have high foreign direct investment or aid have GNI higher than GDP. Remarkably the US has GNI and GDP comparable since its out bound investment equals inbound investment. According to BCG model, a coefficient of 1 indicates well being in line with expected outcome based on income levels, a figure greater than 1 out performs and a figure less than 1 under performs.

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Elementary Particles: Building Blocks of Our Universe

“Electrical charge can neither be created or destroyed. Energy is neither created nor destroyed.”

This article has been elaborated and reworded to my previous article here. The article shares a brief overview of the quantum world of elementary particles the building blocks of our Universe. The report further discusses Bose-Einstein Statistics, Markov theorem, Brownian movement, and its application in pricing options in finance. Continue reading “Elementary Particles: Building Blocks of Our Universe”

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Art of Blended Finance and SDGs

Blended Finance will play a critical role in achieving the target of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Going forward, there will be more synergies between Blended Finance and SDGs in the development sector. Blended Finance not to be confused with bending financeis fast becoming an important and potent tool for bridging the yearly $2.5tr gap to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target by 2030. Blended Finance is not a panacea for the global development crisis, but stills works as an innovative way to pool in commercial capital to aid risk-adjusted return for development projects. Continue reading “Art of Blended Finance and SDGs”

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HIIT: Strength, Endurance and Rajesh

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the best ways to build strength and endurance. It works on core functional exercises, which are performed with  great intensity with very small intervals of rest in between different exercises and sets. I have been doing weight training for a while and tried various techniques to build strength and  endurance. I spoke with Rajesh, a top HIIT, strength and fitness trainer at RAAW gym in Pune. Rajesh recently won the Lift For India (an event dedicated to families of victims of Pulwama terror attack) held at Recomp gym. I had also participated in the competition and posted my videos here. Rajesh is known for strength, endurance and power. His best one rep in Squats is 200 kg i.e. 440 lbs.

Rajesh has won numerous fitness events at the national and state level and is a promising power lifter. He was kind enough to share time with me and recommended a few exercises for strengthening core and endurance. I prefer to record my videos impromptu for on the road feel. Thankful to RAAW management for their support in shooting the video and deeply grateful to Rajesh. I would be soon releasing my video as well. Its time to put a video face to the blog. Lot more exclusive work is coming soon. If you like the video, please subscribe to the You Tube channel.

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True Grit: Tinkesh and Fitness

Recently uploaded a video of my interview with Tinkesh on Twitter. I met Tinkesh at a gym in Pune and got impressed by his calm demeanor and true grit. In spite of adversity, he followed his childhood dream to become a fitness trainer through sheer determination. Tinkesh was electrocuted when he was a kid and lost both his legs and one arm. Over the course of his life, people helped him in his endeavor. A nonprofit, Aditya Mehta Foundation, sponsored his prosthesis for both limbs and Tinkesh successfully ran 10K and 5K long distance runs with Maj D. P. Singh “the Blade Runner” from India. Tinkesh follows a strict diet and strength training regime to keep fit. I spoke with him at my house in Pune, India.

 

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