Shortlisted Proposals

Short listing projects from a pool of 264 detailed, innovative and diverse proposals has been a tough challenge for the India DM Team.

Over the last 3 weeks, each proposal was reviewed by at least two independent experts active in the social impact ecosystem in India and around the world. Our warm thanks go out to all our assessors for their in-depth reviews and the time spent scoring, ranking and commenting on proposals.

Based on the assessments, 30 of the top ranked proposals will move on to the next round of the competition. The assessment was based on the selection criteria described in the FAQs section. The 30 shortlisted projects will present their proposals to an expert Jury in Jaipur on the 6th of April 2011. At this event, the jury will select the final 13 winners of the 2011 India DM, who will be awarded $50,000 each to scale their projects.

Shortlisted teams will receive emails, before 10th March 2011, with details on the required next steps prior to their final presentations, on 6 April 2011, to the expert Jury in Jaipur.

The 2011 India DM competition is the kick-off event for a long-term programme supported by the  World Bank’s Development Marketplace in India. Over the next few years we are looking forward to engaging with a wide array of social enterprises, across India in a collaborative and meaningful way.  

A hearty congratulations to the shortlisted teams – we look forward to meeting you in Jaipur in early April. And a warm thank you to all the organizations who have participated in the competition so far.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Development Marketplace programme in India. Please feel free to contact us at for further information.

Next Steps: Included below are the next steps that will be detailed further in emails to all shortlisted projects/ teams:

  • Detailed email to Shortlisted Projects: Before 10th March 2011
  • Preparatory Technical Assistance Sessions: 3rd – 5th April 2011
  • Jury presentations and announcement of winners: 6th April 2011
  • Panel Discussions and engagement with IFC and DM for 24 month support process : 7th April 2011

Shortlisted Projects/ Teams:

Propo sal # Organisation Name Project Title Primary Contact Email
22 Education Support Organization (Gyan Shala) Scaling up of Gyan Shala in Bihar Pankaj S Jain 
28 Leveraging Mobile Technology to Radically Improve Information Efficiency in the Informal Sector Maya Chandrasekaran 
46 Self-Employed Women’s Association The Rural-Urban Development Initiative: Improving Food Security, Livelihood, and Sustainability within India’s Female Small Holder Farmers Uma Swaminathan 
97 Milk Mantra Dairy Pvt Ltd Milk Collection & Payment Tracking System at Milk Collection Points(pg11 of business plan) Srikumar Misra 
98 BIHAR DEVELOPMENT TRUST Scaling up Bihar Development Trust RAVI CHANDRA 
110 Educate Girls ( A project of Foundation to Educate Girls Globally) Sponsoring 767 Shiksha Preraks to boost learning levels in Jalor district Safeena Husain 
136 Youth Council for Development  Alternatives Earn While You Learn Rajendra Meher 
142 Gramin Evam Nagar Vikas Parishad Modern Garments Production Unit Ramkishor Prasad Singh 
144 Samta Samriddhi Foundation Women’s Empowerment by livelihood generation Gyanesh Pandey 
147 Rangsutra Crafts India Limited Rangsutra – The next leap of faith:  “Strengthening the base in order to scale up significantly and successfully”  Sumita Ghose 
166 Elements Akademia Private Limited  Training & Placement for 10,000 Customer Service Associate positions in Retail sector in 2 Districts of Bihar. Nishant Saxena 
201 Center for microfinance Sustainable Approaches on Facilitating Alternative Livelihoods (SAFAL) Among Urban Poor  Jaipal Singh 
207 Centre for Collective Development Extending Producer Groups to Rajasthan Trilochan Sastry 
212 Operation ASHA Prevention, Control and Treatment of Tuberculosis amongst 110,000 disadvantaged persons in 12 slums in Rajasthan and Orissa  Sandeep Ahuja 
215 SEWA UDHYOGIK SWABLAMBI SAHAKARI SAMITI LIMITED Creating Sustainable Livelihood through Agarbatti Production Sanjay Kumar 
219 Healing Heritage Producers’ Company Enterprise development through developing the herbal formulations on anti-Malarials and its application to save people in hilly and tribal Orissa   Gagan Behari Sahu 
223 Chetna Organic Agriculture Producer Co Ltd (COAPCL) Construction of Community Owned Ginning Complex in Western Orissa Ashutosh P. Deshpande 
237 Earthy Goods Foundation  Handcrafthaat:  The online marketplace for small producers and contemporary handcrafted products Reshma Anand 
255 SELCO Solar Light (P) Ltd Selco-Nidan Solar Initiative in Bihar Ashis Kumar Sahu 
257 Adhikar Micro Spinning Mills: Spinning prosperity back into the villages. Pabitra Mohan Mishra 
259 Orissa Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS) Orissa Agarbatti Cluster Development Initiative B. N. Das 
266 Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation Rajasthan Amla Producers’ Organization: Scaling up the benefits and positive income impact to small marginal Amla farmers through productivity enhancements and market linkages.  V.B. Dyasa 
267 PRAYOG Consultancy Services (PRAYOG) Production & Marketing of “Ready-to-Eat” Nutritional Food Supplement by Rural Women for Safe Reproductive Child Health / Community Health and Sustainable Livelihood  Prashant Kumar Das 
289 Gram Tarang Employability and Training Services Pvt Ltd Skill Building for Employability and Self-Employment of Rural Poor across Orissa Abhinav Madan 
292 Industree Crafts Foundation Building Producer Owned Micro Enterprises supporting artisanal livelihoods Neju George 
295 WOMENS ORGANISATION FOR SOCIO CULTURAL AWARENESS Up scaling of Tracking livelihood Entitlements of rural communities in  Orissa  using mobile phone and information technology.  DHARITRI ROUT 
303 EnvirONment Conservation Society (Switch ON) ONergy – Access to energy for Orissa’s BoP Ekta Kothari 
304 NextGen Project Management Systems Green Power to Telecom Towers through Waste to Energy Plants Abhishek Humbad 
305 Saran Renewable Energy Pvt. Ltd Reclamation of wastelands for energy plantations and agriculture Vivek Gupta 

* The list is not in order of any preference.

Case Studies


Envisaged as a bridge between artisans and consumers, Rangsutra works with small producer groups based in remote villages and towns in around 9 locations across the Indian states of Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and Assam. It strengthens economic security in vulnerable communities by empowering members to create top quality hand made products which are then sourced and marketed to urban consumers through leading retailers.

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    DM is the definitely feels good. It has taken a lot of thought process as to how we take reliable lighting sources to Bihar...Winning DM matters a lot...the financial support will help us to build infrastructure, develop capacity of people to implement the program [of providing quality lighting to the poor] properly in Bihar.
    Prasanta Biswal, Sr. Manager – Mission Projects, Selco Solar Lights (P) Ltd.
    As far as scale is concerned, we have understood that a lot of capacity building is required for that. Resourcing and networking [with] other agencies is also important.
    Prabitra Mishra, Programme Director, Adhikar
    Through DM we have proposed to scale it up to different areas covering another 44,000 households where we can monitor the social security scheme. I am definitely thrilled and excited because this money will [make] us think in a different way, to upgrade our technology, our HR and streamlining our processes from a certain level to a different level. We need to build our capacity through DM.
    Mansingh Durga Prasad Nayak, Programme Director, (WOSCA)
    Basically a start-up needs to use the grant for the costs of capacity building of community, mobilization etc. Then there is the technical, research and development cost for doing the innovation part. The third necessity is providing the market linkage to the producer groups. These are the 3 core things that social entrepreneurs [look for] and for these, funds are not available. This will be the greatest benefit of the DM.
    Ravi Chandra, Managing Trustee, Bihar Development Trust
    We feel honoured, we are a young enterprise and being recognized by an institution like World Bank is a great feeling. We are pretty enthused to move ahead in a comparatively faster manner...we are looking forward to the coming 24 months when we are going to get various kind of inputs.
    Devendra Shukla, Chief Operating Officer, Educate Girls
    In the last 3 years we have trained and placed 10,000 people [in jobs]. In this World Bank sponsored project we are trying to train and place 10,000 people in Bihar alone.
    Nishant Saxena, CEO Elements Akademia Pvt. Ltd.
    We are looking at this money more as in investment in infrastructure development as well as human resource development. We believe that the results of this will be seen very soon.
    Sumita Ghose, Managing Director, Rangsutra Crafts India Ltd.
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